|Release Info: Twenty-plus years...two dozen albums... twice that many bandmates...the mad genius that is Robert Pollard finally decided it was time to bring down the curtain on one of indie rock's most innovative and, well, outrageous live bands. Certainly nobody could accuse Guided By Voices of being too tame, too mainstream, too predictable. Ever since Pollard created the "gang" in Ohio in the early 1980's with the help of his brother Jimmy and Pete Jamison (with the help of a loan to pay for the first few records), "lo-fi" may be the best descriptor for their brand of bursting, raw, no-holds-barred shout-out songs.
The end came in 2004, after the release of their final, critically acclaimed Half Smiles of the Decomposed, and this Austin City Limits recorded on November 9, 2004 was one of their last performances. "I love the guys in the band, but I'm getting too old to be a gang leader," Pollard said, who's now focusing on his solo work.
And what a finale it was. Much of it couldn't, wouldn't ever be broadcast on television - public or otherwise - but it's all here for GBV fans to savor forever. Pollard was in rare form, with buckets of beer literally and liberally decorating the stage. He always said he wanted to end the band's decades of music on a high note. And this is it!
-Terry Lickona (Producer Austin City LimitsŪ)
Austin City Limits performance from 2004.