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Guided By Voices – 20 Essential Tracks

Date January 6, 2012

This week marks the release of Guided By Voices‘ first album in 8 years and the first to feature their classic lineup in 16 years, so I thought that’d make a good opportunity to do a list of my favorite tracks from the legendary Dayton, OH indie rock band. My history with the band actually starts, oddly enough, with Jason Schwartzman. He shared the track “The Goldheart Mountaintop Queen Directory” on his iTunes Celebrity Playlist and I’ve been hooked ever since. I’ve been lucky enough to see the band live twice since they reformed classic line-up, which definitely has turned me into a bigger fan.

GBV has 16 studio albums and over 1000 songs, so narrowing their extensive catalog down to just the essential tracks isn’t the easiest thing in the world (although I admit I haven’t listened to much pre-Bee Thousand or post-Isolation Drills), but I was able to chisel my list down to 20 favorites which you can view below. You can listen to the whole list in a Spotify Playlist (If you’re a newbie to GBV, this may be a good place to start!). Feel free to share your favorites or angrily disagree with my choices in the comments.

Guided By Voices – 20 Essential Tracks

Found on: Under The Bushes Under The Stars

Found on: Isolation Drills

Found on: Alien Lanes

MP3 A Salty Salute

Found on: Mag Earwhig!

Found on: Do The Collapse

Found on: Alien Lanes

Found on: Propeller

MP3 Exit Flagger

Found on: Under The Bushes Under The Stars

Most easily found on: Bee Thousand

Found on: Under The Bushes Under The Stars

Found on: Isolation Drills

MP3 Glad Girls

Found on: Alien Lanes

Found on: Hold On Hope (single)

Found on: Alien Lanes

MP3 My Valuable Hunting Knife

Found on: Bee Thousand

Found on: Isolation Drills

Found on: Bee Thousand

Found on: Under The Bushes Under The Stars

MP3 Don’t Stop Now

Found on: Alien Lanes

Found on: Bee Thousand

MP3 Echos Myron

Spotify Playlist: Guided By Voices – 20 Essential Tracks

 


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6 Responses to “Guided By Voices – 20 Essential Tracks”


  1. Austin Powe said:

    Thanks for the GBV playlist, with a band with that kind of catalogue it’s so nice to have somewhere to start! #goldstarforYOU

    (via twitter)

  2. Kym said:

    Buzzards & Dreadful Crows and Tractor Rape Chain are also must listens for anyone starting out.

  3. Ryan W Cox said:

    great post! Should be required reading.

    (via twitter)

  4. denouementspage said:

    I wish I can listen to these tracks on Spotify but it does not serve Singapore.

  5. MjW said:

    Liar’s Tale is an unbelievable song, especially for just being vocals, guitar and just a touch of snare!

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