Label: Scat Records - SCAT35 • Format: CD Album • Country: US • Genre: Rock • Style: Indie Rock
After its release the band became one of the more prominent groups associated with the " lo-fi " genre, a movement defined by the relatively low fidelity of audio releases. Musically, the album draws inspiration from British Invasion -era rock music and punk rock. Following the release of Bee Thousandthe band began to attract interest from other record labels, eventually signing with Matador for their next album.
Guided by Voices is a Dayton, Ohio-based band formed in Although by the band had released five full-length albums not including their debut EP, Forever Since BreakfastGuided by Voices was not a band in a conventional sense; its line-up was extremely loose, consisting of whoever of a group of friends showed up to short notice recording sessions.
Robert Pollard thought of Guided by Voices as more of a "songwriter's guild" than a band, and also said that "Whoever could come over would play. Bee Thousand was to be the original band's final album. Pollard was close to disbanding Guided by Voices bydue to financial constraints and pressure to focus more on his family and teaching career;  Pollard has also stated that the band was nearly broken up as early asduring the creation of Propeller.
However, it Libero - Irene La Medica - Dolce Intro to him to "deconstruct" and "reconstruct" the band's older, unused material into new songs.
Unlike some of the band's earlier releases, Bee Thousand was not recorded in a studiobut rather on four track machines or other primitive home recording devices in the garages and basements of various band members. Moreover, many of the demo takes of Peep-Hole - Guided By Voices - Bee Thousand songs were the ones that were used for the album. Due in part to both of these factors, several unusual errors are present in the album's recording and mixing; for example, the guitar track drops out Angel (Von Ukuf & Dylon Remix) - Sarah Brightman - Angel (Remixes) one point in "Hardcore UFO's".
Pollard said that:. For our first [EP], Forever Since Breakfastwe went into a studio and created a very mediocre recording out of a very sterile environment. I thought, " Fuck that. If we're paying for it and no one's listening to these records anyway, if we're only making them for ourselves, then I'm going to put exactly what I want on them. Kevin Fennell similarly said, "When Bee Thousand came out we sounded much less professional than we did in The music was much more spontaneous.
The music of Bee Thousand is influenced by British Invasion rock music, as well as what Pollard calls the "four P's" of rock: poppunk rockprogressive rockand psychedelia. While typical rock instruments, such as guitarbassand drumsare dominant, a variety of instruments and sounds are used. Pollard's surreal lyrical style has been compared to the cut-up technique of Beat writer William S.
Pollard was inspired Peep-Hole - Guided By Voices - Bee Thousand write "The Goldheart Mountaintop Queen Directory" after having an LSD -triggered psychedelic experience in which he perceived his own face in a mirror changing Peep-Hole - Guided By Voices - Bee Thousand his son's face; however, the song's lyrics are not about this event.
The title Bee Thousand was inspired by a group brainstorming session, during which band members smoked cannabis. Pollard's brother, Jim, thought of "zoo thousand", allegedly inspired by a mile marker reading "Z The caped person on the front of the album is from an image in an article by National Geographic ; This image was included in an article documenting the festival of mardi gras in Acadiana, Louisiana.
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