Produced by Mr. Nippon
Recorded on boombox, 4 track and 8 track.
Fate Gnarly- vocals, all instruments
Danica Von Hartwig- back up vox on 'A Good Flying Bird'
Misty Green- snores
GOD SAVE THE PINE CLUB
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"You can be anyone they told you to." - Motor Away
Guided By Voices, to me, is "fantasy rock." A concept that anybody can play out their rock-n-roll calling simply by assembling their closest like minded buddies, lots of adult beverages, a few far out song titles and a cassette 4 track.
In 1999, I first heard 'Alien Lanes' while on tour, when I returned home I immediately went to my local college radio station and fucking borrowed (stole) every GBV compact disc and 7" single from their collection. The following weeks I submerged my ears in the hiss of the four P's that makeup the core of Robert Ellsworth Pollard Jr.'s voices (psychedelia, pop, punk, and prog- for the uninitiated). Months later I found Banks Tarver's biographical video collage, "Watch Me Jumpstart." I can honestly say that VHS changed my life forever in the best way possible. Finally some shit I could totally relate to- I owned a Tascam 4 track, I was isolated from any major music scene, it just so happened that I wrote a bunch of pop songs and only showed them to my handful of close friends, plus nobody gave two fucks about my band in my hometown. Perfect. My lofty aspiration somehow seemed much more tangible.
GBV was the final chapter in the "how to" manual for all of us disheveled freaks who aspire to make real rock-n-roll, by any means necessary. And 'Alien Lanes' is always going to be my "White Album" after of course the actual White Album.