#532 ‘Teenage FBI’ by Guided by Voices (27 Aug)

Album: Do The Collapse, 1999

Justification: It’s probably their single best known song, thanks to playing it on Buffy and it being part of their short-lived period of being on a sorta-kinda major label – well, ish – and recording with Ric Ocasek and being total sellouts, man. And, because it’s catchy as hell, this is where I first fell in love with GBV before diving back into the catalogue.

It's hip, you know.

Oddly enough, it’s the GBV album that sounds least like a car crash.

So, given that it was their hit and all, why the hell can’t I find a video for it?

It’s possible that there just plain isn’t one, but I’m fairly certain I recall one involving Bob Pollard being chased, Beatlemania style, but maybe the band hated it and have deep-sixed it since. Or maybe it’s one of those weird licensing things where it’s locked in a bankruptcy vault with the rest of TVT’s assets. Either way, you’re making do with a live version.

And just to destroy all of my indie cred, I really do love both the GBV “sellout” albums. Much as I adore Under the Bushes, Under the Stars and Bee Thousand and Alien Lanes, obviously, my most played album of theirs is still Isolation Drills. When I was going through my divorce, ‘How’s My Drinking?’ and ‘The Brides Have Hit Glass’ were on pretty high rotation there.

SONG YOU SHOULD HAVE REDISCOVERED THIS TIME IN 2012: The newly-solo Juliana Hatfield gave us the lovelorn classic ‘Everybody Loves Me But You’.


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