Beloved by everyone from The Strokes to actor Paddy Considine, Guided By Voices are in many ways the ultimate cult indie band. After initially calling it a day on New Year's Eve in 2004, fans welcomed the band back into their collective bosoms when their "classic line-up" reunited in 2010, and have since released two albums - Let's Go Eat The Factory and Class Clown Spots A UFO - while another, Bears For Lunch, is pencilled for later this year. So who is this cult band's cult obsession? Well according to guitarist Tobin Sprout it's the Bee Gees and here are his favourite songs by the Gibb brothers.
First Of May
"My all time favourite, it is beautiful, short and sweet. I love the way it builds in the second verse and the vibrato, on the lyric you and me. Every 1 May I would play it for my kids on the way to school."
"Written by the Bee Gee's for Dionne Warwick, it has all the Bacharach/David-style and glory. It draws you in with the first words and carries you threw a verse that builds to a climatic chorus that could go on forever. The blend of Dionne Warwick's voice and the Bee Gee background vocals are heaven."
"I found Bee Gee's Trafalgar on vinyl at a garage sale. It was one I'd never really listened to all the way through. It was like rediscovering a favourite band. I love this song, It sounds like Barry sings himself hoarse at the end. It's a very strong, emotional song. The Greatest Man In The World is another great song from this album."
"Robin upfront on lead vocals. He had a face that you remember, sort of like Pete Townsend. Something about the structure of the nose, makes them stand out in photos, and become the image of the band. Great song, makes me want to go to Massachusetts."
I've Gotta Get A Message To You
"Very tragic, it really struck me as a kid: death row, last words. Dark, sad, and beautiful all at the same time."
"Older song. Sounds like Joe Meek producing Herman's Hermits. Love the lyric, I get claustrophobia/ cause there's too many boys on your mind."
"I love the natural harmonies of the Gibb Brothers. Their voices blend and meander, playing off each other as if their mind and soul worked as one."
Too Much Heaven
"From the disco era, each chorus building more and more, with key changes and soaring vibratos."
I Started A Joke
"Robin upfront again and another tragic storyline. The Bee Gees could make it feel so good to feel sad."
Spikes And Specks
"Early Bee Gees, great marching beat. A simple melody, good enough to repeat over and over, with a grand ending."
For more on Guided By Voices head to GBV.com.
12:36 PM | 13/07/2012
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