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Guided by Voices (The Forgotten Songs)..

in anticipation of the new album Space Gun, here are some obscure lo-fi tunes from the tireless band..
1Guided by Voices
Wish In One Hand

Now I'm Crying - even as their production got better after the 90's, they kept their toss-away EP tracks like this rocker delightfully lo-fi, to great effect..
2Guided by Voices
Plugs for the Program

Sucker of Pistol City - an achingly pretty understated song, the type that Pollard seems to produce with smug casualness..
3Guided by Voices
Same Place the Fly Got Smashed

Pendulum - a swinging tune with a grand chorus that is entirely undercut by the wispy mixing, and all the better for it in fact..
4Guided by Voices
Static Airplane Jive EP

Hey Aardvark - a sweet campfire sing-along with some nonsense lyrics..
5Guided by Voices
Devil Between My Toes

Dog's Out - a punkish rocker from their debut full-length, and the song The Offspring and a slew of other pop-punkers ripped off for all its worth..
6Guided by Voices
Sunfish Holy Breakfast

If We Wait - another short dose of sugar and sadness, beautiful and abandoned..
7Guided by Voices
Tonics and Twisted Chasers

Dayton Ohio 19 Something and 5 - a tribute to the band's hometown, where Pollard used to teach grade school before coming into his true self, a tequila-drunk, chain-smoking granddaddy of indie..
8Guided by Voices
Clown Prince of the Menthol Trailer

Matter Eat Lad - a cheeky noise burst, attitude and a chorus that suddenly dips into melody..
9Guided by Voices
Fast Japanese Spin Cycle

Dusted - an urgently strummed guitar, a warped cello, and Pollard summoning more melancholy for something out his perpetually-addled mind..
10Guided by Voices
Vampire on Titus

Sot - a fuzzed out, fantastic noisy rock tune from the album that just preceded the band's breakout, Bee Thousand..
11Guided by Voices
Self-Inflicted Aerial Nostalgia

The Great Blake Street Canoe Race - some sparkling guitars set off this Beatles-esque tune from the band's early days..
12Guided by Voices
The Grand Hour

Break Even - a messier, rowdier version of the song that figures on Bee Thousand..
13Guided by Voices
Tonics and Twisted Chasers

At the Farms - an ambient electro-breakdown in the middle of a GBV song? yes, sah..
14Guided by Voices
Nate Farley Session

Alone, Stinking, and Unafraid - this beauty of a song that could have easily slipped into college radio rotation has only every figured on live bootlegs and this studio session..
15Guided by Voices
Forever Since Breakfast

Fountain of Youth - all the way from their debut EP, and the first thing they officially put on record, this song catches Pollard still trying to figure out where he's going, and so he tried a bit of everything in 4 minutes..
16Guided by Voices
Get Out of My Stations

Scalding Creek - i'll forever love this acoustic tune, just because halfway through, someone drops a cymbal very loudly and it's left on tape..
17Guided by Voices
King Shit and the Golden Boys

We've Got Airplanes - a GBV song that sounds like a GBV song, and it couldn't be better this way..
18Guided by Voices
Vampire on Titus

Wish I Was a Giant - sometimes, GBV's lo-fi proclivities meant that an instrument or vocal track were buried so deep in the mix, you could hardly hear it.. here too, Pollar sounds like he's screaming from the bottom of a mine-shaft.. it works, giving the song a desperate atmosphere that would have been lost in a clearer instant..
19Guided by Voices
Suitcase: Failed Experiments and Trashed Aircraft

Lonely Town - credited as Sucko in Suitcase, the bottomless pit of B-sides Pollard put out, Lonely Town has lovely guitars dolling up a little mid-tempo marvel..
20Guided by Voices
Static Airplane Jive EP

Damn Good Mr. Jam - a slow burner, sad and lovelorn and with a beautiful noisy solo to close it off..
21Guided by Voices

Dodging Invisible Rays - how this indie gem never made it onto a full-length will forever be unknown to me..
22Guided by Voices
Suitcase: Failed Experiments and Trashed Aircraft

Pantherz - a forgotten treasure from the scrapped album that never came to be called the Power of Suck..
23Guided by Voices
Alien Lanes

Auditorium - favourite GBV tune #3..
24Guided by Voices
Bee Thousand

Mincer Ray - favourite GBV tune #2..
25Guided by Voices
Vampire on Titus

Gleemer (The Deeds of Fertile Jim) - favourite GBV tune #1..
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