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Bee Thousand

Guided By Voices

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Though Guided By Voices had been recording for years, it was 1994's Bee Thousand that brought them to a level of notoriety that established them as a legitimate underground cultural force. Leader Robert Pollard had his Brit-rock affections channeled into the infectious grooves of his proudly lo-fi garage band for excited, unpretentious pop-rock that never runs short of harmonies or hooks. At 20 tracks, the album skirts by in a hurry, never settling in any one spot for long. The inspired moments of this Ohio combo are plentiful and plenty fun. "Hardcore UFO’s," "Kicker of Elves," "Echos Myron," "Gold Star for Robot Boy," "I Am a Scientist," and "Buzzards and Dreadful Crows" bristle with an energy bordering on the Beatles in their earliest days, dipped in stream-of-consciousness psychedelic lyrics that help explain Pollard's extreme songwriting pace. He's never met an idea he didn't like. Which is what makes Bee Thousand all the more surprising. There are no dead spots, just varying approaches, from full-on band attacks to the stripped down folkiness of "Awful Bliss." Fun throughout.

Customer Reviews

So good...

Imagine that The Who and The Moody Blues were sailing across the Atlantic in the same small boat when it sank to the bottom of the sea. Now imagine that instead of drowning they formed a new super group at the bottom of the ocean and "resurfaced" in Ohio in the late eighties.

best album!

I think this is the best GBV album ever! Alien Lanes is great, but nothing is better than a mix of Hardcore UFO's, Buzzards and Dreadful Crows, Tractor Rape Chain, Goldheart, Hot Freaks, Smothered in Hugs, Yours To Keep, Echos Myron, Gold Star, and I am a Scientist


Awful Bliss is the best 1:12 song of all time. I love the rest of the album as well, but just in case Pollard ever reads this I want him to know: I wish you woulda written more like this one. Its completely awesome.


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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