I’ve spent the better part of the past 2 weeks dipping my toes into the bottomless GBV catalog – yes, of course Bee Thousand and Propeller and Alien Lanes, but more so the myriad EPs, lost albums, boxed sets, and b-sides. If your familiarity with Robert Pollard’s enormous body of music doesn’t extend beyond the time-tested classics, check out these gems you’ve been missing out on and then go exploring:
“We’ve Got Airplanes”
“Crutch Came Slinking”
King Shit and the Golden Boys was a disc of previously unreleased songs that originally appeared in the Box boxed set – essentially a CD reissue of their first four albums. There are highlights throughout (“Dust Devil” sounds just like early R.E.M.), but these two tracks could’ve fit nicely on pretty much any early GBV record up through Alien Lanes.
“Dayton, OH-19 Something and 5”
“Unabaited Vicar of Scorched Earth”
Tonics and Twisted Chasers was a fan club only release in 1996. From what I’ve read the album is mostly just Pollard and Tobin Sprout, so much of the LP has a more minimalist, laid-back feel to it. If you look at the band’s 1996 releases, it’s pretty amazing: Under the Bushes Under the Stars, Tonics and Twisted Chasers, the Sunfish Holy Breakfast EP.
“Cocksoldiers and their Post-War Stubble”
“A Contest Featuring Human Beings”
Speaking of ’96, the Sunfish Holy Breakfast EP is prime, essential GBV.
I actually only picked up Suitcase 1: Failed Experiments and Trashed Aircrafts yesterday. So needless to say at 100 songs, there’s a lot to get to over the coming weeks. These two are from Disc 1 – the first sounds like a completed song worthy of a spot on UTBUTS perhaps, the second is Pollard just kicking up a storm with an electric guitar.
From the 1993 EP Static Airplane Jive. “Big School” is a vintage big anthem.
“June Salutes You”
More from ’96, this one from The Official Ironman Rally Song EP.