Guided by Voices are the best band of the 1990s. There, I said it. And if you disagree with me, well, I guess I’ll just have to smother you in hugs and kick you like the little elf you are. They’re such a good band that my head literally exploded when I heard that the classic lineup of the band would be doing a little tour together and, even though I spent big money on head replacement surgery, it literally exploded again with today’s annoucement: Guided by Voices (the best band of the 90s) have announced that they will be playing a handful of festival gigs over the summer.
Now, maybe it’s just that I’m getting “older” and I’m starting to forget that the 90s weren’t all that cool, but I’m psyched about the whole idea of 90s nostalgia. I can’t wait for the “Grunge Reborn” tour, or the eventual cast reunions for my favorite 90s shows Home Improvement and Roseanne, and I am so fucking excited for West Coast Gangsta rap to get its own Time Life collection, which I would title, California in the 1990s: Life Was Dangerous, Life Was G-Funky. Whenever our current climate of media recycling turns its full-focus to my third-favorite decade, I promise to do my best and not have a cow, man.
In actuality, I am declaring these GBV dates as the official kick-0ff for full-blown 90s nostalgia and I hope you’ll join me as we celebrate the decade that gave us both Guided by Voices and Saved by the Bell.
06.17.11 - Philadelphia, PA - Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing
06.18.11 - Brooklyn, NY - Northside Festival
07.15.11 - Chicago, IL - Pitchfork Music Festival
08.11.11 - Oslo, Norway - Øya Festival
08.13.11 - Omaha, NE - Maha Festival
09.08.11 - Raleigh, NC - Hopscotch Music Festival
• Guided by Voices: http://www.gbv.com