Pollard no hitter

As a songwriter, Guided By Voices leader Robert Pollard is not known for his batting average; when he hits, he hits big, but you have to sift through a lot of strikeouts and sacrifice bunts to find the classics. Maybe that’s because in his day Pollard was more focused on E.R.A. In May 1978, he famously threw a no-hitter for Wright State University’s baseball team. Magnet recently talked to Pollard about that game, and it’s a fun read. There’s a lot of baseball talk, then they get around to comparing Pollard’s music to his baseball career:

What album of yours would you consider the aural equivalent of a no-hitter?
Of course Bee Thousand. From A Compound Eye. Alien Lanes. Moses On A Snail. It’s funny, I’ve thrown a lot of no-hitters, and I’ve never had a hit song.

Read the full interview at Magnet. GBV’s Motivational Jumpsuit is out 2/18 via Fire.

Comments (6)
  1. This is amazing.

  2. It’s like he’s the real-life Most Interesting Man in the World

  3. Why is this bastard not rich and famous.

  4. sad that pollard is saddled with the trope about having to sift through a lot of “strikeouts” to find the hits in his work. sure, not all his songs are poppy, but that’s doesn’t mean they’re bad. the guy puts out a ton of excellent records each year, and he never rests on his laurels. he’s a pro at sequencing albums for maximum impact — the weird little tunes in between the big hits are essential parts of the album experience. and sometimes it’s the ones that seem too odd at first that end up being your favorite.

    he’s an underrated lyricist too.

  5. I second that, sashwap. One of the more rewarding qualities of Pollard’s music is the delayed payoff. Some of his best songs have an extended incubation period. My favorite Pollard songs are the ones I might not identify with immediately, but inexplicably find myself singing days later. It feels like we as the listeners are going through the artistic process with the artist. All great work ends up revealing itself to the artist sometime after its conception.

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