Too Drunk To Dream

…ain’t no drinking when the bottle’s dry…

Guided By Voices – Bee Thousand, a album that makes my ears sing

Have you ever had a conversation about the best album ever? Any serious musicophile has. Sure there’s Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. Sure there’s Pet Sounds. I’d vote for Kind Of Blue, personally. And I’ll agree with having those near or at the top of the list. They deserve to be. But no serious discussion exists without Robert Pollard and Guided By Voices’ Bee Thousand being thrown into the mix. The 1994 Lo-Fi gem was recorded by GBV on 4 track recorders in the basement of Pollard’s house and is a beehive (forgive the semi-pun) of guitars and distant vocals. Some songs are complete and some sound simply like ideas for songs, never completely realized. And that’s OK, those fragments bring the whole thing together. Each track here is a great mess of a masterpiece, and for me, exists in the same pocket as Neutral Milk Hotel’s In The Aeroplane Over The Sea as one of the greatest lo-fi albums ever made. Back me up on this??

Tractor Rape Chain

why is it every time i think about you
something that you have said or implied makes
me doubt you
then i look into your cynical eyes and i know it
as if it never meant anything to me

in the first place it’s probably just paranoia
but there’s a ghost in my room
and he says i better run
it’s a thing i know – it’s a thing i believe in
won’t you tell it to go away?

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January 27, 2010 Posted by | toodrunktodream | Leave a comment