Guided By Voices - Alien Lanes [25th Anniversary Edition Multi-colored Vinyl]

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Available widely on colored vinyl for the first time, Guided By Voices Alien Lanes celebrates its 25th anniversary with the release of a new multicolored LP. The reprint of GBV's 1995 classic is the first in Matador's Revisionist History 2020 series, limited to an edition of 2,500.

 

Continuing with their ever-expanding Revisionist History series, Matador Records releases a special 25th anniversary colored vinyl LP reissue of Guided by Voices' Alien Lanes, marking the first non-exclusive colored vinyl edition of the album. The 1995 effort served as the first GBV album to be released on Matador. With 28 tracks spanning the course of 41 minutes, the album would fundamentally alter the concept of what a rock and roll record could be. Bursting at the seams with classic rock bravado ("Game of Pricks," "Closer You Are"), anthemic power pop ("My Valuable Hunting Knife," "Motor Away"), punk ("Pimple Zoo," "My Son Cool"), psychedelic experimentalism ("Ex-Supermodel," "Alright"), and tape-warped ballads ("King And Caroline," "Blimps Go 90," "Chicken Blows") Alien Lanes dips and dives between genres and moods with breakneck efficiency and a remarkable amount of intellect and emotion bolstered by the abstract poetry of songwriter and frontman Bob Pollard.

In a rare statement, Pollard wrote a short essay reflecting on the creation and lasting legacy of this landmark album: "We were fearless at the time we recorded Alien Lanes. That's why it bristles with insane energy and confidence. We were still riding the high accolades of Bee Thousand and probably should have succumbed to the critical pressure of a worthy follow-up. Instead, we had, in our megalomaniacal view, mastered the instant gratification machine known as the 4-track and began recording song after song with titles like "Cuddling Bozo's Octopus", "My Valuable Hunting Knife", "Pimple Zoo" and "After the Quake (Let's Bake a Cake)". The door had been opened for us to throw out as many weird-ass ideas as we were capable of and we did. We even thought we were starting to look cooler and decided cool enough to have the entire back cover be a photograph of us in the basement looking pseudo intellectually laid back and stoned with long hair, stars and stripe gym shoes and a box of Tide in the background.

"Our friend Kim thought the album was too bombastic. Too frenetic and difficult to digest. I agreed. 
We were proud to be putting out our first album on Matador and cock strutted accordingly. It cost us $10 to make. It's worth a million. I personally think it's better than B-1000 (but not by much). There are two different camps of GBV fans to argue and debate. God bless 1995 and open-hearted record labels like Matador (and Scat before them) for allowing bands like us, with the preferred limited resources, to remove the constraints and pre-conceived notions of the more industry-minded constituents who would have much preferred we destroy the cassette master of Alien Lanes in the better interest of sound manufacturing and what's more agriculturally consumable. It's better to leave the farm than to continue plodding through the cow shit."

  1. A Salty Salute
  2. Evil Speakers
  3. Watch We Jumpstart
  4. They're Not Witches
  5. As We Go Up, We Go Down
  6. (I Wanna Be A) Dumbcharger
  7. Game Of Pricks
  8. The Ugly Vision
  9. A Good Flying Bird
  10. Cigarette Tricks
  11. Pimple Zoo
  12. Big Chief Chinese Restaurant
  13. Closer You Are
  14. Auditorium
  15. Motor Away
  16. Hit
  17. My Valuable Hunting Knife
  18. Gold Hick
  19. King And Caroline
  20. Striped White Jets
  21. Ex-Supermodel
  22. Blimps Go 90
  23. Strawdogs
  24. Chicken Blows
  25. Little Whirl
  26. My Son Cool
  27. Always Crush Me
  28. Alright

 

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