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Pop Zeus: The Compete Guided By Voices

Side A
Artist Song Buy
Guided By Voices  A Salty Salute  buy on itunes
Robert Pollard  Pop Zeus  buy on itunes
Guided By Voices  The Best Of Jill Hives  buy on itunes
Guided By Voices  I Am A Scientist  buy on itunes
Guided By Voices  Postal Blowfish  buy on itunes
Guided By Voices  Underwater Explosions  buy on itunes
Guided By Voices  Captain's Dead  buy on itunes
Guided By Voices  Tractor Rape Chain  buy on itunes
Guided By Voices  Glad Girls  buy on itunes
Airport 5  Stifled Man Casino  buy on itunes
Guided By Voices  Surgical Focus  buy on itunes
Guided By Voices  Big School  buy on itunes
Guided By Voices  Gleemer (The Deeds Of Fertile Jim)  buy on itunes
Guided By Voices  I Am A Tree  buy on itunes
Robert Pollard  I'm A Strong Lion  buy on itunes
Guided By Voices  Quality Of Armor  buy on itunes
Guided By Voices  Things I Will Keep  buy on itunes
Guided By Voices  Shocker In Gloomtown  buy on itunes
Robert Pollard  Zoom (It Happens All Over The World)  buy on itunes
Guided By Voices  Motor Away  buy on itunes
Guided By Voices  Dodging Invisible Rays  buy on itunes
Circus Devils  Bull Spears  buy on itunes
Guided By Voices  Don't Stop Now  buy on itunes
Tobin Sprout  All Used Up  buy on itunes
Guided By Voices  Back To Saturn X  buy on itunes
Guided By Voices  Teenage FBI  buy on itunes
Guided By Voices  The Other Place  buy on itunes
Guided By Voices  Blimps Go 90  buy on itunes
Lexo & The Leapers  Alone, Stinking & Unafraid  buy on itunes
Guided By Voices  Wondering Boy Poet  buy on itunes
Side B
ArtistSongBuy
Guided By Voices  Over The Neptune  buy on itunes
Guided By Voices  Chasing Heather Crazy  buy on itunes
Guided By Voices  Echos Myron  buy on itunes
Tobin Sprout  E's Navy Blue  buy on itunes
Guided By Voices  Little Lines  buy on itunes
Guided By Voices  Game Of Pricks  buy on itunes
Guided By Voices  Jane Of The Waking Universe  buy on itunes
Guided By Voices  Radio Show (Trust The Wizard)  buy on itunes
Guided By Voices  Cheyenne  buy on itunes
Guided By Voices  A Good Flying Bird  buy on itunes
Robert Pollard  Frequent Weaver Who Burns  buy on itunes
Fig. 4 (Tobin Sprout)  Dig The Catacombs  buy on itunes
Guided By Voices  Bulldog Skin  buy on itunes
Guided By Voices  Jar Of Cardinals  buy on itunes
Guided By Voices  Huffman Prairie Flying Field  buy on itunes
Guided By Voices  Ha Ha Man  buy on itunes
Guided By Voices  Cut-Out Witch  buy on itunes
Guided By Voices  Goldheart Mountaintop Queen Directory  buy on itunes
Guided By Voices  Exit Flagger  buy on itunes
Guided By Voices  Hey Hey, Spaceman  buy on itunes
Robert Pollard  Subspace Biographies  buy on itunes
Guided By Voices  Mincer Ray  buy on itunes
Guided By Voices  Drag Days  buy on itunes
Guided By Voices  My Impression Now  buy on itunes
Robert Pollard  Supernatural Car Lover  buy on itunes
Guided By Voices  My Valuable Hunting Knife  buy on itunes
Guided By Voices  Avalanche Aminos  buy on itunes
Guided By Voices  Great Blake Street Canoe Race  buy on itunes
Guided By Voices  Choking Tara (Creamy Version)  buy on itunes
Guided By Voices  Marchers In Orange  buy on itunes

Comment:

DISC ONE, CONT:
31. Hot Freaks (GbV)
32. My Kind Of Soldier (GbV)
33. How Loft I Am? (GbV)
DISC TWO, CONT:
31. Conspiracy of Owls (Robert Pollard)
32. The Official Ironman Rally Song (GbV)
33. Gonna Never Have To Die (GbV)
34. Please Freeze Me

Let's face it: While I make a lot of them and post them here, single artist mixes are undoubtedly the least "artful" mixes on AOTM. For the most part, we're just taking our favorite songs from some artist and arranging them chronologically (or, at times, more imaginatively for sonic variation). Still, every now and then a single artist mix can turn out as varied and imaginative as any multi-artist mix. Naturally, having a particularly prolific or long-running artist helps, as does an artist with multiple configurations (i.e. band + solo members). But an additional factor in an atypically strong single artist mix is having an artist who is, shall we say, less than consistent. Or, to be even more frank, releases gobs and gobs of utter dreck. Pull one or two songs apiece from a dozen or two albums, and you end up with a work far better than anything the artist managed to cobble together on his/her/their own.
All a long wind up to saying that, for a long time, my all-time favorite single artist mix that I'd burned was my single-cd Guided By Voices disc. Because, let's face it, while Robert Pollard and his rotating gang of musicians may have had a few noteworthy works (primarily 1994's Bee Thousand and 1995's Alien Lanes), they've churned out more useless crap than probably any recording artist since the dawn of modern recording. I've been suckered into buying literally dozens of albums, ep's, singles, and box sets issued by GbV and his myriad solo and spin-off projects since the early 80's, most of which have a couple decent tunes and a whole lot of Pollard jerking off into a tape recorder. Yet at the same time, some of those standout tracks may very well be among the most painfully wonderful, catchy, brilliant pieces of askew post-punk pop ever crafted. Separate the wheat from the chaff and, holy shit, that's some amazing wheat. Anyway, I burned that one about 40 albums ago (albeit 40 largely lame albums), and felt a need to stretch things into a 2-cd set. It may not be as nonstop perfect as the original mix, but it's still 67 pieces of maddeningly delicious music. (Plus, the extra space gave me a little extra room for some stray tracks by one-time GbV tunesmith Tobin Sprout and a few more early GbV pieces.)
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doowad
Date: 4/12/2008
I have been trying desperately to like GBV since I read the book from John Sellers.But your recommendation here speaks volumes more than Sellers' man-crush obsessiveness. I'll give them another go.
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Mixxer
Date: 4/12/2008
Excellent summary. Glad I'm not the only one who thinks they have a lot of chaff in with the wheat.
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g.a.b. l@bs
Date: 4/12/2008
I'd agree that the "Single Artist" mix is, in most cases, a substitute for
genuine creativity. But I'd also agree that GbV can be brilliant @ times (I own only one album, Alien Lanes. In any case...this looks terrific.
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anthony lombardi
Date: 4/12/2008
i would be more inclined to give them a fairer shot if pollard wasn't such a self-important twat who has the gross misconception that he's god's gift to music - their quantity far exceeds their quality in my eyes, i'm afraid - but hey that's just me, i still salute your endeavor
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Mesh
Date: 4/13/2008
Mainly because of the same reasons you offered, the only GBV disc I currently own is Human Amusements At Hourly Rates (which is in itself a distillation of their boxed set). Undoubtedly, there is a lot of crap on most of their studio albums, but I chalk it up the chutzpah of Robert Pollard to release half-baked songs as much as anything.
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Rob Conroy
Date: 4/13/2008
I'm with anthony 100%. For a short while in the early-to-mid-'90s, I had drunk the Pollard Kool-Aid and thought that he was some sort of Pop Genius. Now I just think he's written about one and a half discs' worth (granted, our two discs would be a bit different, although you've hit many of my top picks--"Game of Pricks," "Quality of Armor," "Motor Away," "Jar of Cardinals," "Exit Flagger" and "My Impression Now") of great material. One and a half out of 40+ releases (coupled with the attitude that anthony summarized), however, means that I'm not much of a fan at this point.
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lemonadesky
Date: 4/17/2008
I'm hardly a fan of this band but you've done a very thorough job.

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