Under the Bushes Under the Stars

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Under the Bushes Under the Stars
Studio album by Guided by Voices
Released March 26, 1996
Recorded 1995
Genre Indie rock
Length 55:45 (38:01 / 17:44)
61:20 (with bonus tracks)
Label Matador Records
Producer John Shough, Doug Easley, Davis McCain, Kim Deal, Steve Albini
Guided by Voices chronology
Alien Lanes
(1995)
Under the Bushes, Under the Stars
(1996)
Tonics & Twisted Chasers
(1996)
Professional ratings
Review scores
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Allmusic 3/5 stars link

Under the Bushes Under the Stars is the ninth Guided by Voices album overall, and the last until 2012's Let's Go Eat the Factory[1] to feature the "classic" lineup including Tobin Sprout, Mitch Mitchell, and Kevin Fennell in addition to leader Robert Pollard. The album is noted as Guided by Voices' first stab at professionalism, being recorded in 24 track studios rather than their customary 4 track. Sessions for the album were reportedly arduous, spread as they were across at least four studios and as many sets of producers, and many titles and configurations were vetted before a final sequence was reached.

The final six tracks on the CD do not appear on the album's back cover. These tracks, which were included as a separate 12" EP in the vinyl edition, were not originally included in the completed album sequence, having been dropped from earlier proposed versions of the album, but were included at the request of Matador label executives who regretted their exclusion.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Robert Pollard unless otherwise noted.

Side A[edit]

  1. "Man Called Aerodynamics" – 2:01
  2. "Rhine Jive Click" – 1:34
  3. "Cut-Out Witch" – 3:04
  4. "Burning Flag Birthday Suit" – 2:22
  5. "The Official Ironmen Rally Song" – 2:48
  6. "To Remake the Young Flyer" (Tobin Sprout) – 1:43
  7. "No Sky" – 2:03
  8. "Bright Paper Werewolves" – 1:14
  9. "Lord of Overstock" – 2:34

Side B[edit]

  1. "Your Name Is Wild" – 2:01
  2. "Ghosts of a Different Dream" – 2:30
  3. "Acorns & Orioles" – 2:12
  4. "Look at Them" – 2:27
  5. "The Perfect Life" (Sprout) – 0:59
  6. "Underwater Explosions" – 2:02
  7. "Atom Eyes" (Sprout) – 1:42
  8. "Don't Stop Now" – 2:39
  9. "Office of Hearts" – 2:06

Side C[edit]

  1. "Big Boring Wedding" – 3:43
  2. "It's Like Soul Man" (Sprout) – 2:09
  3. "Drag Days" – 2:50

Side D[edit]

  1. "Sheetkickers" (Jim Pollard, R. Pollard) – 3:17
  2. "Redmen and Their Wives" – 3:55
  3. "Take to the Sky" – 1:50

1998 bonus tracks[edit]

  1. "Finks" – 2:28
  2. "The Finest Joke Is Upon Us" – 3:09

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