Volume: Guided By Voices – Palladium Showroom – Dallas, TX – 09/29/2010

Well, the line for Son Volt is ridiculous, and they go on in 10 minutes, there’s no way I can get in now, I thought to myself. That was the plan of SXSW 1996 Saturday night , to go see Liz Phair battle stage fright all alone at Matador Records Showcase, then head over to Austin Music Hall for Son Volt. Guess I wasn’t the only person with that idea. So with that, I head back to where my friends are at Liberty Lunch for friggin’ Guided By Voices. God I hate this band. Little did I know Dayton, OH’s favorite export would in the next 17 minutes, song by song, note by note, and consumed Budweiser (them, not me) by consumed Budweiser would have me hooked in by the 5th song. Nor was I expecting to have bought their ENTIRE catalog including the brand new Under The Bushes Under The Stars album within the next 2 weeks.

This was and still is one of the best shows I have ever seen. And I have been a fan ever since.

The Club Is Open

“You’re not going to hear ‘Glad Girls’, you’re not going to hear ‘Bulldog Skin’… none of that stuff tonight.” And with that Robert Pollard, his trademark high kicks, rock ‘n’ roll jumps, twirling microphone and the reformed classic lineup of Guided By Voices launched back into their 1992-1996 era defining set. Gearing up for a reunion tour spurred by the Matador Records 21st Anniversary show in Las Vegas this weekend, Pollard along with Tobin Sprout, Mitch Mitchell, Kevin Fennell and Greg Demos kicked off their trek with a “warmup, a practice” show in Dallas. This is the first time this lineup has played together (with Demos) in 16 years, and for the remainder, 14 years – the first time since 1996.

Mitch Mitchell

Dallas has never been a big Guided By Voices town. Whereas they will most likely (if not already) sell out in Austin tonight, the Dallas shows I have seen have always been sparsely attended (same goes for the defunct Rocket From The Crypt) and last night was no exception. The 70% (being generous) full Palladium Showroom was comprised of fans though, as the GBV chants rang throughout the night, warranting 3 encores.


The band also known by the in jest moniker of “Guided By Clydesdale’s” usually get better the longer their stage time, and the drunker they get. There may have been a couple of missed cues here and there, there might have been a couple of missteps, and maybe they didn’t play either “Kicker of Elves” or “Official Ironmen Rally Song” (two personal faves) tonight, but to the crowd assembled, it just didn’t matter. We were just happy as Hell to see those guys on stage, playing those songs, and appearing to have a great time doing it.

Robert Pollard and Mitch Mitchell

And Pollard was true to his word, culling only from their early to mid-90’s boom period, in which they were THE quintessential indie rock band, they defined the genre with their made for arenas larger than life personas and short, quick concise songs, some of which end before they seemingly start. This is how they can squeeze 39 (!!) rapid fire songs into a 100 minute set.

They might have made bigger sounding records after this era – 1997-2004 – but Guided By Voices fans will tell you that this is the material we want to hear and is held closest and dearest to our hearts.

It took the sound engineer finally coming over the loudspeaker to make a post-show announcement to get the rabid GBV chanters to finally disperse. It was indeed finished.

But I believe we would have stood there for another 3 hours if allowed.

It was just that fun.

Set List:

A Salty Salute
Shocker in Gloomtown
Tractor Rape Chain
Pimple Zoo
Closer You Are
Buzzards and Dreadful Crows
Break Even
Hot Freaks
A Good Flying Bird
My Valuable Hunting Knife
Cut Out Witch
Striped White Jets
Matter Eater Lad
Gold Heart Mountaintop Queen Directory
Watch Me Jumpstart
Awful Bliss (Robert Pollard and Tobin Sprout)
14 Cheerleader Cold Front (Robert Pollard and Tobin Sprout)
Quality of Armor
Gold Star For Robot Boy
Dodging Invisible Rays (Tobin Sprout)
Atom Eyes (Tobin Sprout)
Queen of Cans & Jars
Unleashed! The Large Hearted Boy
Echoes Myron
My Impression Now
I Am a Scientist
My Son Cool
Drinkers Peace
Game of Pricks
Smothered in Hugs

Encore 1
Postal Blowfish
Don’t Stop Now
Motor away

Encore 2

Jar of Cardinals
Exit Flagger
Some Drilling Implied

Encore 3

Johnny Appleseed

~ by thesynaptic on September 30, 2010.

7 Responses to “Volume: Guided By Voices – Palladium Showroom – Dallas, TX – 09/29/2010”

  1. thanks! you can already buy a copy of the show

  2. […] band played to a less-than-sellout crowd in Dallas, and I’ve now seen a set list. So, comparing that to my “dream list” found in my previous post, they played 24 of the […]

  3. Every song’s a hit!

  4. […] de regreso. Ya han aparecido en Youtube los primeros vídeos y en varios medios, por cortesía de The Synaptic, el setlist, que como era habitual antes del parón de 2004, fue más que […]

  5. […] I’ve perused the Guided By Voices‘ set list from Dallas, and now I’m even more excited. I’m keeping my fingers crossed that they’ll add […]

  6. […] List for Dallas, 9/29/2010: (via The Synaptic … as mine was […]

  7. […] List (courtesy of The Synaptic): Salty salute Shocker in gloomtown Tractor rape chain Pimple zoo Closer you are Buzzards and […]

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