Guided By Voices - The Best Of GBV: Human Amusements At Hourly Rates

Guided By Voices: Robert Pollard, Tobin Sprout, Jim Pollard, Mitch Mitchell, Dan Toohey, Kevin Fennell.

Formed in the mid-1980s by Dayton, Ohio schoolteacher Robert Pollard, Guided By Voices was essentially a rock & roll hobby for the Who-loving frontman and his raucous, ever-changing band. With the success and acclaim surrounding 1994's gloriously lo-fi BEE THOUSAND, however, Pollard was able to quit his day job, sign with Matador Records, and take GBV on the road. Revered indie-rock status, as it turns out, suited Pollard just fine, since it allowed the singer/songwriter to delve further into his quirky aesthetic, marked by surreal lyrics and a deft combination of British Invasion bombast, gleeful pop, and fractured folk-rock.

Although this single-disc collection barely skims the surface of the extensive Guided By Voices catalogue, it does offer 32 gems from various albums and EPs that span from 1987 to 2003. While the tunes and tape hiss of early GBV are present ("Captain's Dead," "14 Cheerleader Coldfront"), the group's post-'94 golden era is the focus of HUMAN AMUSEMENTS AT HOURLY RATES. Of the many Pollard classics featured here, highlights include the gloriously absurd "Hot Freaks," the ridiculously catchy "My Valuable Hunting Knife," the majestic "I Am a Tree," and the air-guitar-inducing "Back to the Lake." A concise introduction to Guided By Voices, this compilation should inspire the curious to seek out even more Pollard-penned wonders.

1. Salty Salute, A mp3
2. Things I Will Keep mp3
3. Everywhere With Helicopter mp3
4. I Am A Tree mp3
5. My Kind Of Soldier mp3
6. 14 Cheerleader Coldfront mp3
7. Twilight Campfighter mp3
8. Echos Myron mp3
9. Learning To Hunt mp3
10. Bulldog Skin mp3
11. Captain's Dead mp3
12. Tractor Rape Chain mp3
13. Game Of Pricks mp3
14. To Remake The Young Flyer mp3
15. Hit mp3
16. Glad Girls mp3
17. Drinker's Peace mp3
18. Surgical Focus19. Cut-Out Witch20. Best Of Jill Hives, The21. Hot Freaks22. Shocker In Gloomtown23. Chasing Heather Crazy24. My Valuable Hunting Knife25. Official Ironmen Rally Song, The26. Non-Absorbing27. Motor Away28. Teenage FBI29. Watch Me Jumpstart30. Exit Flagger31. Back To The Lake32. I Am A Scientist