From Dayton, Ohio, USA, Guided By Voices took several years to find favour with Americas alternative rock audience. Although consistently prolific, in truth, their initial obscurity had much to do with some unfulfilling early material that hardly predicted the comparative artistic grandeur of later albums such as 1994s Bee Thousand and 1997s Mag Earwhig!
The band was led from their inauguration in 1983 by part-time elementary teacher Robert Pollard (Robert Ellsworth Pollard Jnr., 31 October 1957, Dayton, Ohio USA; guitar/vocals), with Paul Comstock (guitar/piano), Mitch Mitchell (bass) and Payton Eric (b. Tim Erick; drums) completing the original line-up. Guided By Voices debuted with the risible Forever Since Breakfast EP in 1986, which could have been categorized as progressive rock were it not for a lack of technical ability. The bands first four albums, on which Pollard was joined by a varying line-up including...
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