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Classic DVD Review: Guided By Voices | The Who Went Home and Cried

The beer-guzzling Dayton indie-rockers take a home-movie approach to DVD.

This came out in 2002 – or at least that’s when I got it. Here’s what I said about it back then (with some minor editing):


Some music DVDs take you backstage. Others take you into the studio. This is the first one I’ve watched that takes you out on the porch. But then, what would you expect from DIY indie gods Guided By Voices?

In typical no-budget style, the Dayton band take a home-movie approach to DVD, handing a camera to one of their buds and letting him record the entertaining goings-on as they jam, rehearse, kibbitz and (natch) guzzle beer for a half-hour on somebody’s deck. Then, going for a slightly more professional approach, the disc concludes with a half-hour set from the Whiskey in L.A., where the boys deliver solid takes on Hot Freaks, Tractor Rape Chain, I am A Scientist, Motor Away and a few more while singer Robert Pollard swans about like the British pop god he was always meant to be. And somewhere, Pete Townshend sheds a tear.