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Under the Bushes Under the Stars

Guided By Voices

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It was only a matter of time before the guys in America's most beloved garage band would leave the lo-fi confines of the garage and find their way to a professional recording studio. With the Breeders' Kim Deal serving as a "producer," the band increased the fidelity ever so mildly, still resting on the comforts of densely packed distorted guitars and extra-helpings of echo-plexed vocals to heighten the Britpop vocal stylings of Ohio resident Robert Pollard. The band's fun-loving songwriting never abandons them and tracks such as "Rhine Jive Click," "The Official Ironmen Rally Song," and "Big Boring Wedding" mirror the band's serious facility with modern pop and their genuinely silly worldview, where another beer is the only answer that need apply. The songs are even occasionally epic, by Pollard standards, reaching the three-minute mark on multiple occasions ("Redmen and Their Wives" flirts just under four). The band was, unbelievably, growing up and maturing into a more serious unit, as their next batch of albums would reveal.

Customer Reviews

Start to Finish....ASTONISHING!!!!

I don't even know what to say about this's impossible to reflect just how incredible it truely is. It's cleaner and more focused than anything else GBV put out to this point. FINALLY iTunes has put this record up. It really does need to be experienced from beginning to end though and then again and again. Some of Sprout and Pollards finest moments occur here. Tobin's Atom Eyes, It's Like Soul Man, To Remake The Young Flyer are perfectly sprinkled between Pollard greats like Drag Days, Your Name Is Wild, Cut Out Witch, Underwater Explosions, Don't Stop Now, Sheetkickers and maybe my fav...Big Boring Wedding. Disarm The Settlers.

Best album ever...followed by the White Album

What else is there to say. It's raw beautiful genius. The best album by the best indie rock band ever. Any true fan of music knows the album. If you think you know music and have never had the pleasure, do yourself a favor and have a listen.

No. 6 on my list of great albums by bands ignored in Rolling Stone's Top 500 Albums

No band has turned out more wonderful pop-rock songs in the last 15 years than GbV.


Formed: 1985 in Dayton, OH

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Inspired equally by jangle pop and arty post-punk, Guided by Voices created a series of trebly, hissy indie rock records filled with infectiously brief pop songs that fell somewhere between the British Invasion and prog rock. After recording six self-released albums between 1986 and 1992, the Dayton, Ohio-based band attracted a handful of fans within the American indie rock underground. With the 1994 release of Bee Thousand, the group became an unexpected alternative rock sensation, winning positive...
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