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Where to start, thanks.
tell them to fuck off and die. Thanks.
I'd plump for Bee Thousand personally. Get it shipped direct from Scat.
Start with Bee Thousand.
Alien Lanes is a fine place to start.
It's anything but shit.
It's the second album I got and probably my second favourite after Bee Thousand.
If you like your songs short and sweet then start early and if you like them longer and more produced then start somewhere later.
I've owned or own pretty much everything Bob recorded and subscribe to the view that the quality declined rapidly from Do The Collapse onwards despite some notable exceptions but others disagree. Those others needn't fuck off and die though.
Alien Lanes is a perfect place to start.
Or get the best of "Human Amusements..."
"What's all the fuss...?"
It made me think, wow this band is fucking amazing.
Horses courses etc.
Chill out, sapsy.
From 2000 (I think) - produced by Rob Schnapf. It's really glossy, but it's got some of their absolute finest pop songs. It's a very loosely themed breakup album (see: The Brides Have Hit Glass), but it's upbeat, catchy and contains some of the best GBV songs ever. Fair Touching might be one of the best opening tracks they ever did.
Slash I'm really only doing this to annoy Zapsta.
is the best place to start.
and now love them.
The best of is really good too and about £5 in that high street store with the fucking ridiculous name.
Then Alien Lanes will make sense when you get that second. Awesome huh.
2. get more than 4 numbers
3. collect winnings
4. spend on entire GBV output
Seriously though, I agree with the people saying get the best of (human amusements at hourly rates). It's 32 tracks, a complete spectrum of the 20 years (apart from the very last album), and is £5 everywhere. You can then decide where to go from there - there is a little rundown in the inlay saying which original release each song was on so you will be able to decide which album to buy next.
If you'd like some original albums though - you can generally pick up all the Matador releases in shops still for around £5 to £10 (or even cheaper on the internet) - i'd go for Alien Lanes(1995), and Universal Truths and Cycles (2002) to start you off - two similar albums in the way they are constructed, but totally different in sound, but most importanly, both amazing.
Don't listen to anyone who tells you the later stuff isn't good, they are being silly.
do you like REM?
Not really. What's all this about? Did you want me to say "Yes, I like REM", then you could say "Well later GBV is just like early REM!" and I would have to say "Ooh, you got me!"? I don't even know if later GBV is like early REM, but is that what all this is about?
when you seem to massively dislike Alien Lanes, think Bee Thousand is overrated, and disown any of the later stuff.
Meaning that you can only really like Propeller, and maybe Vampire On Titus, and Under The Bushes Under The Stars (and the pre-Propeller stuff that, in the main, is patently not as good).
Yet you've rated them 10. It's all very confusing.
i suppose my favourite album of all time is You're Living All Over Me, and I don't really like any other Dinosaur Jr albums that much (as I drunkenly explained to Lou Barlow at ATP). So I suppose it's similar.
But it's just weird. How can you not like Alien Lanes but love Propeller so much?!
This is what is getting to me.
Alien Lanes has just never done anything for me. I've spent so much time with it, but at no stage have I wanted to put it on again. It's a bit samey.
where I actually think I listened to it about 50 times. That may be an exaggeration, but it is definitely the album I have listened to most times in a week, ever.
How can you say it's samey! Every song is completely different to the last - to me it's like scrolling through a radio full of incredible stations.
because none of it really sticks with me, so it all just seems like a bit of a blur.
Also, re: Bee Thousand - I don't think it's overrated so much as I think Propeller's underrated. Before I discovered Propeller, I listened to Bee Thousand all the time, and I probably still would if... umm... well, if I'd never discovered Propeller. It would probably be right up there on my list of favourite albums as well. It's just, whenever I feel like a GBV hit, I rarely see a reason to go for anything other than Propeller.
bee thousand, its okay and all, i've never really understood why its the default gbv album for so many
but thats the only one i ever feel the need to dig bee thousand out for. dont get me wrong, its a cool record, i just dont really buy that its any better or worse than the other stuff they put out about then.
i am currently listening to glimmer of vampire on titus which is awesome.
every single song on this album has a classic melody, at the same time as all being so wonderfully simple.
That song should be shit, with the chorus nearly forming the whole song, but somehow it isn't. Brilliance.
first and foremost I am a music nazi. This has made me very happy. I hope you like them!
i reckon you'd do alright with any of the albums from vampire on titus to under the bushes under the stars
i get them mixed up because they used to sell them together, i always thought vampire on titus came out first, i'm gonna go make myself a dunce's cap and sit in the corner :(
and say that my band 4 or 5 Magicians are doing a full GBV set at The Windmill in Brixton on Sunday August 3rd. We'll be playing a 40 minute, 15 or so song set picked from the 1985 to 1995 material.
It's part of an all dayer I'm putting on which features other top current British alt-rock bands doing their own songs and select covers by the greats.
We also have Favours For Sailors doing Weezer, Dutch Husband as Sebadoh, Giant Robot and The City Of Tokyo as Archers of Loaf, Hour Hands as Built To Spill, and two or three more bands that are still TBC.
It's gonna be awesome!
i've always thought it'd be great for underground bands to do special gigs where they cover a full album that is a favourite of theirs.
there has been similar in leeds on new years eves when bands have dressed up and played classic bands cover sets, but i think it'd be cool if done more seriously.