Hot Freaks: the Guided By Voices Listening Club (Devil Between My Toes - post 93)

I like the writeup for this release over at the Constant Bleeder fanblog. Think he nails it when he states the record is pleasant but lacking in much character.

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GBV wishes to thank: Jim Carter, Jim Pollard, Kevin Fennell, Ed Dwyer, Tobin Sprout, Jim Davidson, Bruce + Mark Greenwald, Nick + John, Mike Tomlinson…Geo…

Couple of familiar names in the Thank Yous anyway.

Who knew they were such fans of Big Break

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Another striking thing about this record: this has got to be, by a very big distance, the most straightforwardly “normal” set of lyrics Bob has ever penned?

Zero songs about kicking elves or Apollonian bronzefoil on here :laughing:

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yeah the title is probably the weirdest thing about it

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This back catalogue looks intimidating, but I’ll give it a go.

Don’t cave to the demands for the obscure stuff though! From experience you accomodate someone’s request at the outset to slot in the Japanese import B Side remixes album, and when it eventually rolls around you’re left talking to yourself for the week…

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only about 6 weeks away from the proper solid-gold classics, I believe in you!

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Enjoyed it, not sure I’ll return to it anytime soon but it’s a good sign of things to come. Looking forward to more!

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If nothing else, I will finally get an answer to the question ‘how much Guided By Voices is too much Guided By Voices?’

Really quite liked this, I mean it’s not outstanding but I’m a sucker for mid 80s college rock. Kinda nuts that something this solid just gets buried in the tidal wave of the rest of the wider pollard discography…

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One down, only 736 more albums to go!

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how do people wait whole weeks between threads!

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And to think, I was originally going to wait until Propeller before joining in :crazy_face:

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I can imagine Sometimes I Cry being on Universal Truths & Cycles

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Looking forward to this; there must be literally hundreds of great GBV songs I haven’t heard yet because of how overwhelming their back catalogue is, so this is a good excuse to put that right. Already enjoying “Forever Since Breakfast” which I would never have thought to listen to otherwise.

To that end, might be an idea to poll the top 2 or 3 songs from each release and add them to a rolling playlist (like the Tom Waits listening club)… although I appreciate that might be a lot of admin, so no worries if not!

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I got fuck all better to do with my life!

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Forever Since Breakfast!

I’d never really heard it until I finally got it on CD a few months back as part of the Hardcore UFOs boxset. It is one of the best discs of said boxset. Mostly decent tunes. Some real highlights (Land Of Danger is a good opener and I really like She Wants To Know - it’s a legitimate hit!). Especially if, as has been pointed out, you dig 80s REM and the more jangly end of college rock. Also has that kind of Byrds-y guitar and harmonising going on (in a more rudimentary way) and that Robyn Hitchcock-y surreal love songs type lyrics. Obviously, we know GBV wouldn’t stick to this vibe. The path was much more unpredictable than what you might expect after hearing this. But it’s a great little record!

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Only just spotted that some kind soul has posted the whole 42 minutes recording to YouTube recently. Would imagine Rockathon will get this pulled pretty quickly:

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Very honoured they did this just for the thread

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ooooooh

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Mitch is a lot better at bass than guitar lol

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