Sunday, October 28, 2007
Guided by Voices' "I Am A Scientist"/Why I'm Not Avant-Garde
This video, from Guided by Voices, features footage of the old band along with the ringleader, Robert Pollard--Tobin Sprout, Mitch Mitchell, Jim Pollard, etc.--a bunch of Dayton garage rockers who found their way to pop genius. On another song from Bee Thousand, Pollard sings, "most of us are quite pleased/with the same old songs." What GBV has always done so beautifully is to trash-compact the same old songs into these little cubes of something new. I get tired of hearing how our avant-poets can't stand the "same old songs," and feel the need to destroy them, and every bit of themselves that loves that stuff. The revolution is dead. Modernism killed it. I much prefer the poetics of recycling--another kind of resurrection.