James sent me this news tonight.
If you don’t wanna read all of that, here’s the gist: Guided By Voices is breaking up. Again.
I’m known in these parts as a pretty huge Guided By Voices fan. I wouldn’t say rabid, because you generally have to shoot wild rabid things (and I don’t wanna be shot), but I sure do like me a healthy dose of this group’s awesomeness.
Thing is, they broke up before, in 2004. That one hurt more, because it seemed like a thing too good to be true (but that actually existed) was ending. Of course, Robert Pollard and his merry band of various and sundry reprobates and cohorts kept us supplied with a fairly constant stream of new music despite the end of that flagship group. Seriously, look up the related 6-year discography, sometime. To call these guys prolific is understatement of the year.
Then, in 2010, they came back and toured again with the ‘classic 90s’ line-up. And things were great. They made 6 huge records, toured and made us all believe in the power of GBV again. And now, this. Mid-tour, even.
Well, how do I feel about it? Mostly OK, this time. They had an incredible run, and then another one. And I am not fooled into believing that Pollard is even close to done releasing new music. He’ll probably have five more records out before Christmas. I don’t expect the content to stop at all. So, that they are no longer operating under the GBV name (again) sucks, but it ain’t the end of the world. Commenters on that article (link above) were saying they were already waiting for the next reunion tour. Ha. I don’t know about that one, but we said no way once before, so who knows?
The only thing I find really shitty about all of this is that they have a pretty loyal fan base (not many are actually rabid, just to reiterate), and to break up mid-tour is pretty shite. People bought tickets. Some were travelling from large distances to be there. Sure, they can get a refund, but it’s kind of a kick in the nuts to everyone who was supporting them. As my lovely wife pointed out, unless they really can’t get along, or there are health issues that make it impossible, they could at least man up and finish the tour. Go out on a high note, so to speak.
I have typed this before, and here I am doing it again:
[thanks for keeping me in the loop, James!]