Karl, how do you rate the reunion albums with the "classic" GBV line up?
Just stuck Lets Go Eat The Factory and so far, it's actually pretty bad. Having said that, if there's one thing I've learnt, it's not to judge a GBV record after 1 listen. My first time going through Bee Thousand I thought it was just a pile of steaming lo-fi shite but it's probably my favourite GBV record now.
Let's Go To The Factory isn't one of my favs. It's OK, I love The Unsinkable Fats Domino, such a tune. I also like Doughnut for A Snowman & Chocolate Boy from there.
They are very hit and miss, probably because Pollard was releasing near a 100 songs a year around that time under his various guises. The Bears for Lunch I think is a terrific record, plus Space Gun from last year I thought was outstanding. The rest of the output from 2011 onwards is a complete mixed bag. A band tailor-made for making playlists for.
So, Let's Go Eat The Factory, had my 4th listen through this morning and got 6 tracks from it which I like quite a bit.
Doughnut For A Snowman - apparently this was originally written as a jingle for a doughnut company? The Unsinkable Fats Domino - perhaps my favourite song title ever. Imperial Racehorsing Waves Chocolate Boy We Won't Apologize For The Human Race
Moving onto The Bears For Lunch for the next couple of days while I'll still dip in and out of Factory. Having now digested 9 albums, my playlist is upto 61 tracks.
Also, I had another go of Isolation Drills this morning and absolutely loved Brides Have Hit Glass, which didn't really grab me the last time I listened to that album.
pretty good book that came out last year about his career
Fun fact, Bob got the title Teenage FBI from his school teaching days. He was at work following a night on the piss watching rock bands & had a rotten hangover - the pupils would not stop asking him questions that day to which he replied "What are you, the Teenage FBI?" & he decided to use it as a title.
Aye, think my missus is getting me that for my birthday! Her and the kids have been the losers (or winners; depends how you look at it) with this new found GBV obsession because they are exposed to so much of their music now 'cos I have it on at home whenever I get the chance. Although, I think my daughter might actually like some it. Last night while I was cooking, Unleashed! Large-Hearted Boy came on and she was dancing around the kitchen telling me; "This is a good party, Dad!".
Also, I watched the Watch Me Jumpstart documentary earlier. Didn't realize it was so short but it's good viewing for sure.
I've watched this about a 100 times I also watch the pitchfork fest performances of Gold Star For Robot Boy & Game of Pricks on an almost daily basis. There isn't a great deal of awesome live footage out there tbh
I hate you Tux, I thought I'd gotten over my GBV phase and was looking forward to spending a big chunk of this year digging deep into krautrock, but everyday I come home from work I see you've posted here then spend a good hour listening to the same GBV songs on repeat.
Choosing a favourite GBV record is going to be tough. Right now, it's hard to separate Bee Thousand, Alien Lanes & Under The Bushes Under The Stars. But then I've also been loving Propeller, Isolation Drills & Mag Earwig! The Bears For Lunch is also very, very good, and I hear truly wonderful things about Space Gun.
Going to be spending some time with Universal Truths & Cycles & Half Smiles of The Decomposed the rest of this week.