🎵 How Good Are They Really 🎵 Guided By Voices

A very happy birthday to the man with some truly awful opinions @JaguarPirate :partying_face:

At The Drive-In and Mars Volta fare quite differently:

Leaderboard
Artist Rating
Aretha Franklin 4.64
Nina Simone 4.57
A Tribe Called Quest 4.56
Kraftwerk 4.50
Neil Young 4.48
Miles Davis 4.42
Alice Coltrane 4.42
Talking Heads 4.39
R.E.M. 4.38
John Coltrane 4.37
Beastie Boys 4.36
Otis Redding 4.34
The Velvet Underground 4.33
David Bowie 4.31
The Beatles 4.31
Pixies 4.30
Leonard Cohen 4.30
The Cure 4.28
Boards Of Canada 4.28
Björk 4.27
Mogwai 4.24
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds 4.22
Marvin Gaye 4.21
Tom Waits 4.20
Aphex Twin 4.18
PJ Harvey 4.17
Stevie Wonder 4.17
Nirvana 4.15
Joy Division 4.15
Radiohead 4.13
The Supremes 4.13
Pavement 4.12
Prince 4.11
Wu-Tang Clan 4.11
Cocteau Twins 4.11
Nick Drake 4.10
De La Soul 4.10
The Stooges 4.10
Elliott Smith 4.09
Yo La Tengo 4.09
Pulp 4.08
Public Enemy 4.08
Sonic Youth 4.08
Sleater-Kinney 4.08
Kate Bush 4.07
OutKast 4.07
Portishead 4.03
Super Furry Animals 4.03
Black Sabbath 4.03
Simon & Garfunkel 4.02
Joanna Newsom 4.02
MF DOOM 4.01
Sufjan Stevens 4.01
The Knife 4.01
Run The Jewels 4.00
New Order 3.99
Bob Dylan 3.97
Kendrick Lamar 3.97
Low 3.96
Robyn 3.96
Grandaddy 3.96
The Beach Boys 3.93
Jimi Hendrix 3.93
LCD Soundsystem 3.92
Joni Mitchell 3.89
Massive Attack 3.89
Frank Ocean 3.86
Spiritualized 3.85
Bruce Springsteen 3.84
Deftones 3.84
Siouxsie & The Banshees 3.83
Underworld 3.82
The Kinks 3.82
At The Drive-In 3.82
The Clash 3.77
Dolly Parton 3.77
Pet Shop Boys 3.76
Modest Mouse 3.76
Blondie 3.73
Bright Eyes 3.71
Rage Against The Machine 3.71
The National 3.68
Paul Simon 3.68
The Ramones 3.67
Spacemen 3 3.67
ABBA 3.66
Kanye West 3.65
Arcade Fire 3.64
Mercury Rev 3.63
Blur 3.61
The Magnetic Fields 3.61
Beck 3.59
Elvis Costello 3.59
The Smiths 3.57
Beyoncé 3.54
Yeah Yeah Yeahs 3.54
Eels 3.52
Carly Rae Jepsen 3.51
Daft Punk 3.50
The Chemical Brothers 3.49
Bob Marley & The Wailers 3.48
Jeff Buckley 3.47
The Flaming Lips 3.46
Hot Chip 3.44
Idlewild 3.42
George Michael 3.41
Madonna 3.40
Manic Street Preachers 3.39
Fleetwood Mac 3.39
Queens Of The Stone Age 3.39
Big Thief 3.39
The Postal Service 3.38
The Notorious B.I.G. 3.37
TV On The Radio 3.37
Toots & The Maytals 3.35
The White Stripes 3.34
Supergrass 3.32
Hole 3.31
Squarepusher 3.31
Iggy Pop 3.31
The Smashing Pumpkins 3.30
Suede 3.30
Steely Dan 3.29
Elton John 3.28
The Pogues 3.28
Kylie Minogue 3.27
The Specials 3.26
Vampire Weekend 3.26
Doves 3.26
Death Cab For Cutie 3.24
James Brown 3.23
Sugababes 3.22
Thin Lizzy 3.22
Hall & Oates 3.21
Rihanna 3.19
The Prodigy 3.18
Led Zeppelin 3.16
Ash 3.16
Pink Floyd 3.15
Taylor Swift 3.14
Jay-Z 3.14
Arctic Monkeys 3.14
Goldfrapp 3.14
Interpol 3.12
TLC 3.12
Lana Del Rey 3.11
Los Campesinos! 3.10
The Rolling Stones 3.09
Iron Maiden 3.06
Placebo 3.06
The Charlatans 3.06
Destiny’s Child 3.05
Primal Scream 3.04
The Strokes 3.03
Elvis Presley 3.02
AC/DC 3.00
The Bee Gees 2.99
Weezer 2.97
Amy Winehouse 2.95
Girls Aloud 2.93
Frank Sinatra 2.92
2Pac 2.91
Elbow 2.91
The Stone Roses 2.90
The Doors 2.89
Franz Ferdinand 2.89
The Mars Volta 2.89
Ariana Grande 2.88
Tool 2.88
Lizzo 2.86
Belle And Sebastian 2.85
Britney Spears 2.85
Metallica 2.81
Green Day 2.81
Madness 2.80
Slipknot 2.80
The Jam 2.75
Basement Jaxx 2.75
Oasis 2.71
Whitney Houston 2.69
The Verve 2.67
Slayer 2.65
The Sex Pistols 2.63
Lady Gaga 2.61
Queen 2.60
Billy Joel 2.57
Foo Fighters 2.57
U2 2.55
My Chemical Romance 2.54
Justin Timberlake 2.52
Biffy Clyro 2.48
Dire Straits 2.43
The Beautiful South 2.43
Meat Loaf 2.43
Bloc Party 2.41
Cher 2.40
Michael Jackson 2.39
Eminem 2.38
Mariah Carey 2.32
Coldplay 2.31
IDLES 2.29
Rancid 2.26
Guns N’ Roses 2.26
The Killers 2.22
The Who 2.22
Blink-182 2.21
Muse 2.20
Robbie Williams 2.20
Katy Perry 2.18
Bon Jovi 2.11
No Doubt 2.10
The Offspring 2.08
Adele 2.05
Kings Of Leon 2.01
The Libertines 1.99
Red Hot Chili Peppers 1.90
The Spice Girls 1.81
Stereophonics 1.74
Kasabian 1.57

And today;

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These polls were fun to type out :wink:

Albums

  • Devil Between My Toes
  • Sandbox
  • Self-Inflicted Aerial Nostalgia
  • Same Place The Fly Got Smashed
  • Propeller
  • Vampire On Titus
  • Bee Thousand
  • Alien Lanes
  • Under The Bushes Under The Stars
  • Tonics & Twisted Chasers
  • Mag Earwhig!
  • Do The Collapse
  • Isolation Drills
  • Universal Truths And Cycles
  • Earthquake Glue
  • Half Smiles Of The Decomposed
  • Let’s Go Eat The Factory
  • Class Clown Spots A UFO
  • The Bears For Lunch
  • English Little League
  • Motivational Jumpsuit
  • Cool Planet
  • Please Be Honest
  • August By Cake
  • How Do You Spell Heaven
  • Space Gun
  • Zeppelin Over China
  • Warp And Woof
  • Sweating The Plague
  • Surrender Your Poppy Field
  • Mirrored Aztec
  • Styles We Paid For
  • Earth Man Blues

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Singles

  • Motor Away
  • The Official Ironmen Rally Song
  • Cut-Out Witch
  • Bulldog Skin
  • I Am A Tree
  • Surgical Focus
  • Teenage FBI
  • Hold On Hope
  • Chasing Heather Crazy
  • Glad Girls
  • Back To The Lake
  • Cheyenne
  • Everywhere With Helicopter
  • Universal Truths And Cycles
  • My Kind Of Soldier
  • The Best Of Jill Hives
  • We Won’t Apologise For The Human Race
  • The Unsinkable Fats Domino
  • Doughnut For A Snowman
  • Chocolate Boy
  • Keep It In Motion
  • Jon The Croc
  • Class Clown Spots A UFO
  • White Flag
  • Everywhere Is Miles From Everywhere
  • Hangover Child
  • Flunky Minnows
  • Islands (She Talks In Rainbows)
  • Trash Can Full Of Nails
  • Xeno Pariah
  • Noble Insect
  • Save The Company
  • Vote For Me Dummy
  • Alex And The Omegas
  • The Littlest League Possible
  • Jupiter Spin
  • Planet Score
  • Zero Elasticity
  • Authoritarian Zoo
  • Males Of Wormwood Mars
  • Table At Fool’s Tooth
  • All American Boy

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5/5, obviously (for the music and the titles)

Herculean typing efforts also Funky! Will be back to properly fanboy when I’m upright

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HB @JaguarPirate !!!

(I don’t know where I am with GBV. Probably a 3 but maybe a 4.)

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Absolutely no idea

Quite fun in that Strokes video I guess

Guided By Voices is one of those band names that I think it’s very funny to think about them discussing it and deciding on it

Never heard them in my life fwiw

Can you please give other examples?

As if Bob ever discussed creative choices with the other members

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Of bands I haven’t heard?

No, of band names you think would be funny to imagine them discussing and deciding on the name

The Twilight Sad

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An absolutely overwhelming body of work (30 studio albums?) but quite rewarding from those I’ve delved into.

Alien Lanes and Bee Thousand are wonderful and there’s some fantastic highlights on to the run from those albums to Universal Truth & Cycles too. Haven’t listened to much beyond that but still a solid 4 if not a 5.

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Never heard a note. Sorry

Probably a 3/5, might be 4/5 if I had a better attention span? I really like some of their stuff but you have to wade through so much to get there. I don’t think I’ve ever gone through a full album although I like a few songs on Bee Thousand and Alien Lanes.

Always thought Hot Freaks would be a good theme tune for a sitcom about the Countdown community, Game of Pricks is without a doubt the best thing about The IT Crowd, and Atom Eyes is lovely too.

Will listen to recommended songs on here with interest because I do like some of it, I just don’t have the patience for 20+ tracks per album…

Doo doo doo doo doo doo doo kicker of elves.

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I only know bee thousand and alien lanes

Alien lanes has one song on it that literally makes my ears hurt when listening on headphones, some awful feedback noise I can’t even describe, so I chose bee thousand over it.

Even only knowing those two records, that’s about 50 songs. It’s inevitable that the highs are very very high and the lows are almost down at the bottom.

Cheers

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They’ve written more good songs than any other band ever. Massive five.

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An imperfect 5 if there is such a thing. Yes, the output is a bit overwhelming and there are a fair few clunkers in there, but when they are good they hit a spot that not many others can reach.

Also, good to see Alien Lanes take an early lead. One of my top 5 albums of all time for sure.