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Editors’ Notes

Guided By Voices’ seventh album is a cornucopia of Who-style song-sketches played with the attention span (and beer budget) of a few old friends in a musty garage. Bringing the sprawl of their earlier albums into serious focus, Bee Thousand fits 20 songs into 37 minutes—a hooky, imaginative, and charmingly rough-around-the-edges experience. Despite their nerdy, obscure subject matter, the band’s songs can be surprisingly touching: Check out “I Am a Scientist,” which turns its conceit into a parable about the world.

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


This is the greatest album of the 90's. Great sound, Great songs, and plenty of them. And i just have to tell 'Mr. Sweet' that Robert Pollard didn't write 'Aweful Bliss', Tobin Sprout did.


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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