Listen to the chorus of this song and then try to tell me that Guided By Voices isn’t one of the most brilliant bands to come about in the last 30 years or so. You can’t, and this tune absolutely proves it — it’s a perfectly crafted pop song, and if you disagree, you’re an idiot.
I kid, I kid. I realize music is subjective and I love the fact that one person can actually hear something so differently than someone else — it’s fascinating, really. My point is that I don’t see how a band that constantly writes such amazingly catchy tunes aren’t as big as say, Radiohead or Wilco … or even newer bands like The National. They definitely have an enormous cult following, but they’ve also been around since ’85 and worked damn hard to gain it.
I suppose I’m just rambling at this point, so give “My Kind Of Soldier” a spin, and — if you haven’t already — get baptized by the church of GBV.
Inspired equally by jangle pop and arty post-punk, Guided by Voices created a series of trebly, hissy indie rock records filled with infectiously brief pop songs that fell somewhere between the British Invasion and prog rock. After recording six self-released albums between 1986 and 1992, the Dayton, Ohio-based band attracted a handful of fans within the American indie rock underground. With the 1994 release of Bee Thousand, the group became an unexpected alternative rock sensation, winning positive reviews throughout the mainstream music press and signing a larger distribution deal with Matador Records…[read more]