🔥 Hot Freaks: the Guided By Voices Listening Club ( 💥 Do the Collapse 💥 - post 747)

quite like this

on first listen it’s actually more immediately likeable than the first few REM albums?

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Amazing!

Never really gave this album more than one or two spins and genuinely couldn’t remember any of the tracks. She Wants To Know is a pretty good song now I give it a proper listen.

I owned most of their output (band and solo stuff) up to Universal Truths - used to it order from Rockathon and then get stung for the customs duty when it hit my doorstep - sold some of it over time but still have a stupid amount of their stuff. Saw them a ton of times too. Little thereafter really clicked with me but I’ve been a regular attendee at the annual Euroheedfest or GBV day in London for the last ten years and keep telling myself I need to give the 200 albums since 2001 a proper listen at some point. Will be fun keeping an eye on this thread.

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Half Smiles (the original “final” album) is in their top 5 ever imho

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Let’s Ride is really lovely - feel like almost every track is a minute too long but some great moments. Not that familiar with GBV beyond Alien Lanes and the best of so looking forward to joining in on this!

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Please give la la land a go if you have time. For me it’s the best and most distilled in essence of all the reformation lps. If you enjoy that there’s bits to enjoy in all the others. If you don’t enjoy it, we’ll…you’ve probably saved yourself some time

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rounding up - Forever Since Breakfast

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just one top track this time since it’s so short

  • Land of Danger
  • Let’s Ride
  • Like I Do
  • Sometimes I Cry
  • She Wants to Know
  • Fountain of Youth
  • The Other Place
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Am I correct in saying that “Devil Between My Toes” is up next? For some reason RYM lists Sandbox as the earlier release, not sure why.

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Yep you’re right, not sure why that quirk has developed - I think Spotify shows it too

Already looking forward to Devil!

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I think it’s because the actual release date for Sandbox is unknown, so it’s just entered as ‘1987’ on RYM which the system probably defaults to 01/01/87 so it gets placed before Devil (which came out in February apparently)

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I thought I’d heard a decent amount of GBV albums, but although thirteen albums would be many band’s entire output, even one that has been around as long as them, it is of course not even a third of their discography of just studio albums! So I’m going to try and keep up with this thread to flesh out that number. Past experience of these sorts of threads tends to make this unlikely but I’ll try!

I’ve always wanted to fall in love with GBV and I always enjoy their albums, some more than others, but in the past nothing has really got its hooks in me and made me want to go back. I’ve only returned to a handful of albums for repeat listens (Universal Truths, Last Smiles being two examples). Maybe going through them methodically will ignite more of a spark, but even if it doesn’t it would be good to say I’ve heard all (or at least most) of their albums.

I’d never heard Forever Since Breakfast, in fact I’d never even heard of it, and blimey you lot weren’t lying, it sounds a lot like REM!

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finally got this on, great artefact! still can’t get over Bob-with-guitar and no air kicks

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Moving swiftly onto the first real album in the catalogue - Devil Between My Toes!

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Will give this a spin in a little bit. As I’ve said elsewhere, I’ve not spent a huge amount of time on the pre-Propeller stuff, so it’ll be an interesting exercise for me. I seem to remember liking Devil more than Sandbox, we’ll see.

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Devil is my fav until Propeller

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It’s so good. First thing I ever heard of theirs when my friend put it on my iPod nano :sweat_smile:

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that’s a bold entry point!

Yeah I don’t think there’s many people who would have heard that first. I’m freaking out now realising that happened 15 years ago…

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Here’s my general approach. You might find it helpful:

Day 1 - Excitement at seeing new listening club album up
Day 2 - Attempt to clear existing backlog to make time for that week’s listening club album
Days 3-7 - Forget listening club exists
Day 8 - Feel excited to see that thread title has been updated with the next album. Panic listen to previous week’s album to get it out of the way.

Repeat.

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Ahhh it’s like I’m back in the Sonic Youth thread all over again