You Can't Hide Behind That Dandelion Forver, Pollard!
Circus Devils "Star Peppered Wheatgerm"
Guided By Voices "My Valuable Hunting Knife" (Shernoff Version)
It's been about a minute since I mentioned Robert Pollard or Guided By Voices, so in celebration of his two, count em TWO new records being released on October 9th, Standard Gargoyle Decisions and Coast To Coast Carpet Of Love, I've decided to delve into the vast (vast!) GBV database and unearth a few new gems.
"Star Peppered Wheatgerm" appears on the first Circus Devils record Ringworm Interiors. This song, like most of the tracks recorded under the Circus Devils moniker by Bob Pollard and Todd Tobias, is interesting to say the least. It also reminds me of my brother moik, who I remember used to keep wheat germ in in our parent's cupboard. I would be looking for an after school snack, like Nutty Bars or a Ho-Ho, and I would come across my brother's jar of wheat germ and suddenly lose my appetite.
The "Shernoff Version" of "My Valuable Hunting Knife" comes from the Bee Thousand: Director's Cut version, apparently the original vision for GBV's now legendary Bee Thousand record. There are several versions of this song floating around there but I feel this one rocks the hardest. I'm not really sure who Shernoff is or if it's even a person and if not, what it refers to but I'm sure that there's a blowfish or two out there who can answer that question.