Matador also shared the rare documentary Guided by Voices by Banks Tarver Look at me Jumpstart from 1996. Watch it below; read a new statement by Robert Pollard on Alien Lanes.
Next installments in Matador’s Revisionist History series due this year include pressings from Pavement’s Wowee Zowee, Yo La Tengo Electr-O-Pura, Chavez Glistening disappeared, Bailter Space Wammoand Mary Timony Mountains.
Read Pitchfork’s Sunday review on Alien Lanes.
Robert Pollard on Alien Lanes:
We were brave when we recorded Alien Lanes. That is why
bristles with insane energy and confidence. We were still driving
praise from Bee Thousand and probably should have succumbed to
the critical pressure of a worthy follow-up. Instead, we had, in our
megalomaniac view, mastered the known instant gratification machine
like 4 tracks and started recording song after song with titles like
“Cuddle the Bozo octopus”, “My precious hunting knife”, “Pimple Zoo”
and “After the earthquake (let’s cook a cake)”.
The door had been opened for us to throw so many strange ass ideas
as we were able and we did. We even thought we were starting to
looked cooler and decided cool enough that all the back cover was a
photograph of us in the pseudo intellectually posed basement
back and stoned with long hair, stars and striped sneakers and a box
tide in the background.
Our friend Kim found the album too explosive. Too frantic and
difficult to digest. I agreed. We were proud to put our
debut album on Matador and cock strutted accordingly. It cost us $ 10
make. It’s worth a million. I personally think it’s better than
B-1000 (but not much). There are two different GBV fan camps for
discuss and debate.
May God bless 1995 and open-hearted record labels like Matador (and Scat
before them) for allowing groups like us, with limited preference
resources, to remove the constraints and preconceived notions of the
more industry-conscious voters who would have preferred us
destroy the cassette master of Alien Lanes in the best interest of
healthy manufacturing and what is more consumable in agriculture. His
better leave the farm than keep walking through the cow