Vampire on Titus

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Vampire on Titus
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Studio album by
GenreIndie rock, lo-fi
LabelScat Records
ProducerSteve Wilbur, Tobin Sprout
Guided by Voices chronology
Vampire on Titus
Bee Thousand
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic3.5/5 stars[1]

Vampire on Titus is the sixth album by indie rock group Guided by Voices, from Dayton, Ohio, United States.

The image on the cover is from The Travels of Sir John Mandeville by John Mandeville, 1499. [2]


Vampire on Titus was recorded after a short-lived dissolution of the band (after 1992's "farewell" album Propeller) but prior to the full-time regrouping that occurred with the assemblage of the Bee Thousand album and the band's return to live performance. The album was recorded with a skeletal line-up consisting of Robert Pollard (drums, guitar and vocals), Jim Pollard (guitar, noise), and Tobin Sprout (bass, guitar, and vocals). Jim Shepard of V-3 remarked to Pollard once that he “was like a vampire on Titus, sucking songs out of the earth.” [3] Pollard lived on Titus Ave. in Dayton, Ohio. The album is often acknowledged as being the most abrasively lo-fi in the entire Guided by Voices catalog.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Robert Pollard unless otherwise noted.

Side A[edit]

  1. ""Wished I Was a Giant"" – 2:43
  2. "#2 in the Model Home Series" (R. Pollard, Tobin Sprout) – 1:45
  3. "Expecting Brainchild" (Jim Pollard, R. Pollard) – 2:30
  4. "Superior Sector Janitor X" (J. Pollard, R. Pollard, Sprout) – 0:37
  5. "Donkey School" (Sprout) – 1:03
  6. "Dusted" – 2:08
  7. "Marchers in Orange" (J. Pollard, R. Pollard) – 1:24
  8. "Sot" (Sprout, R. Pollard) – 2:35
  9. "World of Fun" – 0:55

Side B[edit]

  1. "Jar of Cardinals" – 1:22
  2. "Unstable Journey" – 2:15
  3. "E-5" (J. Pollard, R. Pollard, Sprout) – 1:29
  4. "Cool Off Kid Kilowatt" (J. Pollard, R. Pollard, Sprout) – 0:56
  5. "Gleemer (The Deeds of Fertile Jim)" (Sprout) – 2:24
  6. "Wondering Boy Poet" (R. Pollard, Sprout) – 0:59
  7. "What About It?" – 1:37
  8. "Perhaps Now the Vultures" – 2:23
  9. "Non-Absorbing" – 1:37