Class Clown Spots a UFO is the 17th album by Dayton, Ohio rock group Guided by Voices. The album is the second released since the reunion of the band's classic lineup earlier in the same year and it debuted at #12 on Billboard's Top Heatseekers albums chart.
|Class Clown Spots a UFO|
|Studio album by|
|Released||June 11, 2012|
|Label||Guided by Voices Inc. / Fire Records (UK)|
|Guided by Voices chronology|
|The A.V. Club||B+|
|Consequence of Sound||C+|
All tracks written by Robert Pollard, except where noted.
|1.||"He Rises! Our Union Bellboy"||3:02|
|2.||"Blue Babbleships Bay"||1:18|
|3.||"Forever Until It Breaks" (Tobin Sprout)||3:16|
|4.||"Class Clown Spots a Ufo"||3:17|
|5.||"Chain to the Moon" (Greg Demos, Pollard)||1:00|
|6.||"Hang Up and Try Again"||2:16|
|7.||"Keep It in Motion"||2:07|
|8.||"Tyson's High School" (Mitch Mitchell, Pollard)||2:36|
|9.||"They and Them" (Sprout)||1:10|
|10.||"Fighter Pilot" (Sprout)||1:00|
|11.||"Roll of the Dice, Kick in the Head"||0:47|
|13.||"Worm with 7 Broken Hearts"||0:50|
|15.||"Jon the Croc"||2:33|
|16.||"Fly Baby" (Demos, Pollard)||1:43|
|17.||"All of This Will Go" (Sprout)||1:46|
|18.||"The Opposite Continues"||1:37|
|20.||"Lost in Spaces" (Sprout)||0:51|
Greg Demos is a Dayton, Ohio musician best known as the bassist in Guided by Voices. By trade, he is a partner in the law firm of Fowler, Demos & Stueve in Lebanon, Ohio. Demos has also performed with The New Creatures and 3 Dream Bag.Guided by Voices
Guided by Voices (GBV) is an American indie rock band formed in 1983 in Dayton, Ohio. It has made frequent personnel changes but always maintained the presence of principal songwriter Robert Pollard, who founded the group with guitarists Mitch Mitchell, Tobin Sprout, Jim Pollard, and drummer Kevin Fennell. The "classic" lineup included these musicians and bassist Greg Demos.
Noted at first for their lo-fi aesthetic and typically Portastudio four-tracks-to-cassette production methods, Guided by Voices' music was influenced by post–British Invasion garage rock, psychedelic rock, progressive rock, punk rock and post-punk. The band has had a prolific output, releasing 25 full-length albums along with many other releases. Most songs are in the two-minute range, but many are even shorter; often they end abruptly or are intertwined with odd and homemade sound effects.
Guided by Voices initially disbanded in 2004. In 2010 the "classic" lineup reunited to perform at Matador Records 21st anniversary party, subsequently touring and releasing six new albums. GBV broke up a second time in 2014, but Pollard again rebooted the band with a new album and a new lineup in 2016.Guided by Voices discography
The Guided by Voices discography includes dozens of releases, both official and unofficial. Robert Pollard, the main creative force behind the band, is an extremely prolific songwriter, having written or co-written more than 1,600 songs, with over 500 of them released under the Guided by Voices moniker.In addition to official Guided by Voices albums, there have been numerous official singles, extended plays, split releases and compilations, as well as four box-sets of previously unreleased material known as "Suitcases" that each contain four CDs with twenty-five tracks each, for a total of 100 songs per release.Kevin Fennell
Kevin Fennell (born March 13, 1959) is a musician who was formerly a drummer for Guided by Voices.Fennell joined the original trio composition of the group, He performed with the band between 1983 and 1996, and since the reunion of the "Classic Lineup" in 2010. He appeared to perform at the band's "final" Dayton, OH performance in 2004. He did not, however, appear at their final concert overall in Chicago in December 2004.
Fennell rejoined the revived band in 2010 for a reunion tour and later album releases, Let's Go Eat the Factory and Class Clown Spots a UFO. In October 2013 Fennell reports having resigned from the band. The band's frontman Robert Pollard reported having fired Fennell. Both agreed the split happened following a disagreement related to Fennell's attempt to sell the drum kit used to record Bee Thousand and other albums for $55,000.Let's Go Eat the Factory
Let's Go Eat the Factory is the 16th album by Dayton, Ohio rock group Guided by Voices. The album was first released on December 20, 2011 digitally through the iTunes Store, then by mail-order on January 1, 2012, and finally released retail on January 24, 2012. The album is the first since their 2004 dissolution, and the first to feature the band's classic lineup since 1996's Under the Bushes Under the Stars. The album was produced by the band and recorded at the homes of members Tobin Sprout, Mitch Mitchell, and Greg Demos. As with previous albums, it features the band's famously lo-fi 4-track sound as well as more modern production. It is also the first Guided by Voices album to be released under the Guided by Voices, Inc. label.
The album debuted at #17 on Billboard's Top Heatseekers chart and #24 on Billboard's Tastemaker Albums chart. It eventually reached #8 on Heatseekers, #5 on Tastemaker Albums and #35 on Billboard's Top Independent Albums chart.Robert Pollard
Robert Ellsworth Pollard Jr. (born October 31, 1957) is an American musician and singer-songwriter who is the leader and creative force behind indie rock group Guided by Voices. In addition to his work with Guided by Voices, he continues to have a prolific solo career with 22 solo albums released so far.
With more than 2,000 songs registered to his name with BMI, Pollard is among the most prolific songwriters of his time. In 2006, Paste magazine listed him as the 78th greatest living songwriter. In 2007, he was nominated for the Shortlist Music Prize.The Bears for Lunch
The Bears for Lunch is the 18th album by Dayton, Ohio rock group Guided by Voices. The album is the third released by the band's classic lineup in 2012 and it debuted at #9 on Billboard's Top Heatseekers albums chartTodd Tobias
Todd Tobias is a multi-instrumentalist and music producer best known for his work with Robert Pollard and his band Guided by Voices. Other projects include Circus Devils, Kramies, The Library is on Fire, The Celebrity Pilots, Slark Martyr, and musical theatre composer and lyricist George Griggs.
In 2012 Tobias began recording solo albums of instrumental, atmospheric mood music ranging in style from ambient to post-rock. Todd's debut album Medicine Show, released on Hidden Shoal Recordings. has been described as "a multi-faceted instrumental opus, evoking a shadowy steampunk dystopia."In 2013, Tobias released I RAZOR, a soundtrack album for the experimental film of the same name, followed by Impossible Cities in 2014 and Tristes Tropiques in 2015. Todd's EP Moorea was featured in John Diliberto's NPR program Echoes' top 25 in September, 2015.In 2018, Tobias joined with English vocalist and songwriter Chloe March on the ambient album Amialluma, on which vocalist March invented a language to accompany Tobias' music.