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Mag Earwhig!

Guided By Voices

Released: 05/20/1997
Format: Cassette
Label: Matador
Catalog #: OLE 241-4
Country: U.S.A.
Discs: 1
# Tracks: 21
Comments
Here's a press release detailing Mag Earwhig!. The first GBV album by their new lineup, which consists of leaders Robert Pollard and Tobin Sprout, backed by the entire lineup of Cobra Verde. This is a conceptual rock opera inspired by the Who's Tommy, the Pretty Things' S.F. Sorrow, Genesis' The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway, and the Edgar Broughton Band's Wasa Wasa. Pollard is the main character in this sprawling narrative, an insectile cartoon figure named the Magnificent Earwhig, who interacts with a wild cast of characters in songs evoking nostalgiac memories of an Ohio boyhood, starting one's first band, and inhaling American roadside pop culture. "Despite the progressive conceptual 70's mindset informing this project, the record is still a collection of beautifully twisted pop songs and can be listened to as either an opera or just a series of rock arias."
Mag Earwhig!
1.   Can't Hear the Revolution 1:36
2.   Sad If I Lost It 3:10
3.   I Am A Tree 4:40
4.   The Old Grunt 1:28
5.   Bulldog Skin 2:59
6.   Are You Faster? 1:13
7.   I Am Produced 1:06
8.   Knock 'Em Flyin' 1:52
9.   Not Behind the Fighter Jet 2:13
10.  Choking Tara 1:24
11.  Hollow Cheek 0:32
12.  Portable Men's Society 4:16
13.  Little Lines 2:02
14.  Learning to Hunt 2:24
15.  The Finest Joke Is Upon Us 3:08
16.  Mag Earwhig! 0:39
17.  Now To War 2:44
18.  Jane of the Waking Universe 2:25
19.  The Colossus Crawls West 2:13
20.  Mute Superstar 1:24
21.  Bomb In The Bee-Hive 2:03
Total Length: 45:31
Other Formats
Label - Catalog [Format] (Country) # Tracks
Bandai/Matador - APCY-8426 [CD] (Japan) 23
Matador - OLE 241-1 [LP] (U.S.A.) 21
Matador - OLE 241-2 [CD] (U.S.A.) 21
P-Vine/Blues Interactions - PCD-24006 [CD] (Japan) 23

Album Credits
Artwork/Design
Role Name
Art Design "A Burning Lizard Creation"
Art Design Bob Ohe
Art Design Mark Ohe
Collage - Front Cover Robert Pollard
Collage Name - Front Cover "The Astral City Slickers"
Miscellaneous
Role Name
Contributor Of Images Randy Campbell
Head Punchers And Face Pullers Matt Davis
Head Punchers And Face Pullers Robert Pollard
Head Punchers And Face Pullers Tobin Sprout
Head Punchers And Face Pullers Todd Robinson
Inspiration For "Portable Men's Society" Buffalo Beerwax
Other
Role Name
Additional Album Text "Thanks To The Small Faces (Extras In The Film)"