Guided by Voices – Vampire on Titus

ARTIST: Guided By Voices                 220px-vampire_on_titus

TITLE:  Vampire on Titus




OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: GBV fans for sure. This got some bigger run nationally.

LINEUP: Robert Pollard, Jim Pollard, Tobin Sprout

WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: Still wondering whether to crank GBV out full time, Robert Pollard and company record this low-fi wonder that cements their underground reputation.

SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: It sounds like it was recorded on a rusty tape deck with oxidized tapes, and sometimes the noise and distortion from the lo-fi recording inhibits a songs ability to shine, but there’s enough great stuff here to marvel at.

Robert Pollard was still teaching at this point (how would like to have been in his fourth grade classroom?) and recorded this album with a skeleton crew with overdubs. Some songs are fragments, some songs don’t make sense (“Superior Sector Janitor X” illustrates both counts). There’s enough here for someone to be very irritated by it all.

But then we go to “#2 in the Model Home Series”, “Jar of Cardinals”, “Marchers in Orange”, “Sot”, and “Gleemer (The Deeds of Fertile Jim”) are well worth it.

NOTES & MINUTIAE: This album convinced Pollard to go full time into music.


GRADE: B+: The best songs are definite “A” quality. As with any GBV record, there’s good and meh.

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