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Encyclopedia > Robert Pollard
Robert Pollard
Robert Pollard performing at SXSW 2006
Robert Pollard performing at SXSW 2006
Background information
Birth name Robert Ellsworth Pollard Jr.
Born 1957
Origin Dayton, OH, U.S.
Genre(s) rock
Occupation(s) Singer, Songwriter, Guitarist
Years active 1983–present
Label(s) Matador Records
Merge Records
Fading Captain Series/Luna

Robert Pollard (born October 31, 1957) is a Dayton, Ohio, USA singer-songwriter, who until 2004 was the leader and creative force behind indie rock group Guided by Voices. During his high school years, he was a successful basketball and baseball player. Pollard was a fourth grade schoolteacher until 1994, when Guided by Voices first broke into the national consciousness with the release of the album Bee Thousand. With over 1000 songs registered to his name with BMI [1], Pollard is among the most prolific songwriters of his time. In 2006 Paste Magazine listed him as the 78th greatest living songwriter [2]. Image File history File linksMetadata Download high-resolution version (1224x1632, 377 KB) File links The following pages on the English Wikipedia link to this file (pages on other projects are not listed): Robert Pollard Metadata This file contains additional information, probably added from the digital camera or scanner used to... South by Southwest (SXSW, Inc. ... Year 1957 (MCMLVII) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link displays the 1957 Gregorian calendar). ... Downtown Dayton, Ohio, as seen from across the Great Miami River Dayton is a city in southwestern Ohio, United States. ... For other uses of terms redirecting here, see US (disambiguation), USA (disambiguation), and United States (disambiguation) Motto In God We Trust(since 1956) (From Many, One; Latin, traditional) Anthem The Star-Spangled Banner Capital Washington, D.C. Largest city New York City National language English (de facto)1 Demonym American... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... For other uses, see Rock music (disambiguation). ... Year 1983 (MCMLXXXIII) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays the 1983 Gregorian calendar). ... In the music industry, a record label is a brand and a trademark associated with the marketing of music recordings and music videos. ... Matador Records is a record label, famous for a roster of highly-respected indie rock artists and bands. ... Merge Records is an independent record label based in Durham, North Carolina. ... is the 304th day of the year (305th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1957 (MCMLVII) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link displays the 1957 Gregorian calendar). ... : Gem City : Birthplace of Aviation United States Ohio Montgomery 56. ... Indie rock is a subgenre of rock music often used to refer to bands that are on small independent record labels or that arent on labels at all. ... Guided by Voices (often abbreviated as GBV) was an extremely prolific lo-fi/indie-rock band from Dayton, Ohio. ... This article is about the sport. ... This article is about the sport. ... Fourth grade (called Grade 4 in some regions) is a year of education in America and many other nations. ... Bee Thousand is the name of a lo-fi rock album by Guided by Voices released on June 20, 1994. ... Broadcast Music Incorporated (BMI) is a collecting society that protects composers intellectual property in the communications business, especially radio. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Issue 19 of Paste magazine (December 2005/January 2006), featuring Fiona Apple. ...

Contents

Solo career

Pollard began releasing solo records in 1996, alongside regular releases from Guided by Voices. These albums were typically recorded with a small group consisting of current or former Guided by Voices members, and they were generally considered to informally be part of the Guided by Voices canon, as that band would regularly perform selections from the solo releases in concert. Guided by Voices (often abbreviated as GBV) was an extremely prolific lo-fi/indie-rock band from Dayton, Ohio. ... Guided by Voices (often abbreviated as GBV) was an extremely prolific lo-fi/indie-rock band from Dayton, Ohio. ... Guided by Voices (often abbreviated as GBV) was an extremely prolific lo-fi/indie-rock band from Dayton, Ohio. ...


After the dissolution of Guided by Voices in 2004, Robert Pollard launched his official solo career with the release of From a Compound Eye in February 2006. Pollard's recent studio work has eschewed the live-band format, instead relying on the multi-instrumental talents of Todd Tobias, who produced several Guided by Voices albums. In 2006, he resumed touring with a new band informally dubbed "The Ascended Masters", which featured Tommy Keene on lead guitar and keyboards, Dave Phillips on guitar, Jon Wurster on drums, and Jason Narducy on bass, but subsequent to the cancellation of some 2006 dates due to a leg injury, Pollard announced his retirement from touring. [3] It has been announced, however that Pollard will return to the stage for two concerts to promote his double-album release. [4]. Pollard will play in Chicago, Illinois and Newport, Kentucky on November 30th and December 1st, respectively. Guided by Voices (often abbreviated as GBV) was an extremely prolific lo-fi/indie-rock band from Dayton, Ohio. ... From a Compound Eye is a Robert Pollard CD and double LP released in 2006. ... Todd Tobias (born 1967, Akron, Ohio) is a music producer/ engineer and musician best known for his work with Robert Pollard and his band Guided by Voices. ... Guided by Voices (often abbreviated as GBV) was an extremely prolific lo-fi/indie-rock band from Dayton, Ohio. ... Tommy Keene is considered one of the 1980s most critically acclaimed (and commercially ignored) singer/songwriters and a prime example of the musical genre of Power Pop. ... Pennsylvania native Jon Wurster has been the drummer for indie rockers Superchunk since 1991. ...


Discography

Solo albums:

Not in My Airforce is Robert Pollards first solo album, released simultaneously with Tobin Sprouts Carnival Boy, just as the classic Guided by Voices lineup was dissolving. ... Waved Out is Robert Pollards second solo album, released in 1998 on Matador Records. ... Kid Marine is an album by Robert Pollard, released in 1999. ... Speak Kindly of Your Volunteer Fire Department is an album released by Robert Pollard and Doug Gillard in 1999. ... Doug Gillard is a Cleveland, OH-based guitarist who has performed with bands such as Death of Samantha, Gem, Cobra Verde, Guided by Voices, Richard Buckner, and as a solo artist. ... Choreographed Man of War is an album by Robert Pollard and the Soft Rock Renegades, released in 2001. ... Motel of Fools is an album by Robert Pollard, released in 2003. ... Fiction Man is an album by Robert Pollard, released in 2004. ... Music for Bubble is an album by Robert Pollard, released in 2005. ... Relaxation of the Asshole is the name of a live comedy album by Robert Pollard. ... From a Compound Eye is a Robert Pollard CD and double LP released in 2006. ... Normal Happiness is the latest solo album from Robert Pollard. ... Normal Happiness is the latest solo album from Robert Pollard. ... Silverfish Trivia is the name for singer-songwriter Robert Pollards latest LP. It was released April 17, 2007 and is a 22-minute, seven-song mini-LP. The songtitles are: 1. ... Standard Gargoyle Decisions is singer-songwriter Robert Pollards upcoming LP. It will be released October 9, 2007 alongside a second LP, Coast to Coast Carpet of Love. ... }} Coast to Coast Carpet of Love is singer-songwriter Robert Pollards latest LP. It will be released October 9, 2007 alongside Standard Gargoyle Decisions. ... Superman Was A Rocker is an upcoming studio album from singer-songwriter Robert Pollard. ...

Side projects

Fading Captain series

During the mid-90's, in addition to GbV albums appearing annually, Pollard's prolificacy typically was vented onto innumerable singles, EPs, compilations and other side releases. However, once signed to a major label and constrained to the expectation of producing only a single album per 18 months, Pollard began the self-financed and released Fading Captain Series, a series of releases both under his own name, and a wide variety of pseudonyms. In addition to solo and archival releases, Pollard began collaborating with fellow musicians and friends by mail via a process dubbed "postal rock" - Pollard would receive completed musical backing tracks, and add his own lyrics and vocals. Albums under the Airport 5, Circus Devils, and Go Back Snowball monikers, among others were produced in this fashion. Circus Devils is an experimental/ psychedelic rock band founded in 2001 by Robert Pollard, former lead singer and songwriter of the Dayton, Ohio band Guided by Voices. ...


In December 2006 Pollard announced that the Fading Captain Series was being concluded with the release of Crickets, a 50-song "best of" collection spanning from 1999 through 2007 [5].


Acid Ranch: (archival recordings featuring Robert Pollard, Kevin Fennell and Mitch Mitchell)

  • 2002 - Some Of The Magic Syrup Was Preserved (2xLP--Pollard's first double album)
  • 2005 - As Forever: A Manifesto Of Fractured Imagination And Wreckless Living
  • 2007 - The Great Houdini Wasn't So Great"

Airport 5: (Robert Pollard and Tobin Sprout) Possibly more well known for his contribution as a band member of indie rock icons Guided by Voices (GbV), Tobin Sprouts solo career has garnered him critical praise for his songwriting skills and musicianship. ...

  • 2001 - Tower in the Fountain of Sparks
  • 2002 - Life Starts Here

Circus Devils: (Robert Pollard and Todd and Tim Tobias) Circus Devils is an experimental/ psychedelic rock band founded in 2001 by Robert Pollard, former lead singer and songwriter of the Dayton, Ohio band Guided by Voices. ...

  • 2001 - Ringworm Interiors
  • 2002 - The Harold Pig Memorial
  • 2003 - Pinball Mars
  • 2005 - Five
  • 2007 - Sgt. Disco (due in July on Ipecac Records)

Go Back Snowball: (Robert Pollard and Mac McCaughan) Superchunk (left to right): Mac McCaughan, Jim Wilbur, Jon Wurster, Laura Ballance. ...

  • 2002 - Calling Zero

Hazzard Hotrods: (Recording of informal 1990 performance by Pollard, Tobin Sprout, Mitch Mitchell, and Kevin Fennell)

  • 2000 - Big Trouble (re-released as Bigger Trouble 2005)

Howling Wolf Orchestra: (Pollard and various GbV members)

  • 2000 - Speedtraps for the Bee Kingdom (12" EP/CD)

Keene Brothers: (Robert Pollard and Tommy Keene)

  • 2006 - Blues and Boogie Shoes

Lexo and the Leapers: (Robert Pollard backed by The Tasties)

  • 1999 - Ask Them (12" EP/CD)

Lifeguards (Robert Pollard and Doug Gillard)

  • 2003 - Mist King Urth

The Moping Swans (Robert Pollard, Greg Demos, Jim MacPherson and Tony Conley)

  • 2005 - Lightninghead to Coffee Pot (12" EP/CD)

Nightwalker (pseudonym for archival GbV recordings)

  • 1999 - In Shop We Build Electric Chairs: Professional Music by Nightwalker 1984-1993

Phantom Tollbooth: Phantom Tollbooth was a post punk band from New York City. ...

  • 2003 - Beard of Lighting

Psycho and the Birds: (Todd Tobias supplementing Pollard solo demos)

  • 2006 - All That is Holy
  • 2006 - Check Your Zoo (7" EP/CD)
  • 2008 - We've Moved (due Feb 26)

The Takeovers: (Robert Pollard and Chris Slusarenko)

  • 2006 - Turn to Red
  • 2007 - Bad Football

Prom is Coming

When Pollard announced that the Fading Captain Series was being concluded he also announced that he was starting up a new record label, then called Record Company Records [6] but later re-titled as Prom is Coming [7], which is named after a song off his first solo album Not in My Airforce. The first release on Prom is Coming was Silverfish Trivia. Not in My Airforce is Robert Pollards first solo album, released simultaneously with Tobin Sprouts Carnival Boy, just as the classic Guided by Voices lineup was dissolving. ... Silverfish Trivia is the name for singer-songwriter Robert Pollards latest LP. It was released April 17, 2007 and is a 22-minute, seven-song mini-LP. The songtitles are: 1. ...


EAT

In the fall of 2003 Pollard released EAT, a literary magazine consisting of original poems and collages by Pollard. As of October 2007 EAT is on its fourth issue [8]. Pollard's collage art is featured on many Guided by Voices albums (notable exceptions being the two released on TVT Records). Year 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... A literary magazine is a periodical devoted to literature in a broad sense. ... For other uses, see October (disambiguation). ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era in the 21st century. ... TVT Records is an independent record label founded in 1985 by Steve Gottlieb. ...


Town of Mirrors

Robert Pollard's many collages have been collected and will be published in Town of Mirrors: The Reassembled Imagery of Robert Pollard, due out in sometime in 2008. Town of Mirrors will feature roughly 150 collages, 20 of which were created specifically for the book's release.


Side projects mentioned by Pollard that have not yet happened

  • Red Explosion (mentioned back in 1996 or so)
  • Polymorph Orchestra (mentioned around the time of Isolation Drills)
  • Brown Submarine (mentioned recently as of Jan 2007)
  • Frozen Sissy (allegedly a collaboration with his brother Jim Pollard)

Personal life

Pollard was a school teacher for several years prior to the release of Bee Thousand in 1994. In James Greer's book Guided by Voices: A Brief History: Twenty-One Years of Hunting Accidents in the Forests of Rock and Roll he states that songs such as "Gold Star For Robot Boy," "Teenage FBI" and "Non-Absorbing" were inspired by his days of teaching. Bee Thousand is the name of a lo-fi rock album by Guided by Voices released on June 20, 1994. ... Year 1994 (MCMXCIV) The year 1994 was designated as the International Year of the Family and the International Year of the Sport and the Olympic Ideal by the United Nations. ...


During high school Pollard was a tri-sport varsity athlete. His most notable athletic achievement was throwing the first no-hitter in the history of Wright State University. Pollard has stated that during a Lollapalooza, Pollard and the other guys in GBV beat The Beastie Boys and Billy Corgan in a basketball game. Pollard stated that Kim Deal and Kelley Deal were cheering for them during the game and that Steve Drozd was riding on a bicycle during the game [9]. In baseball and softball, a no-hit game (more commonly known as a no-hitter) refers to a contest in which one of the teams has prevented the other from getting an official hit during the entire length of the game, which must be at least 9 innings by the... Wright State University is a public university in Ohio, U.S. The university uses Dayton as its postal address but the campus is actually completely within the city limits of Fairborn. ... Lollapalooza is an American music festival featuring rock, alternative rock, hip hop, and punk rock bands, dance and comedy performances, and craft booths. ... The Beastie Boys as depicted on the cover of their 1992 album Check Your Head. ... William Patrick Corgan, Jr. ... Kim Deal (born June 10, 1961 as Kimberly Ann Deal) is an American singer, songwriter, guitarist, and bassist. ... Kelley Deal is the identical twin sister of musician Kim Deal and is lead guitarist of The Breeders. ... Steven Drozd (born June 11, 1969, Houston, Texas) is a multi-instrumentalist and drummer for The Flaming Lips. ...


Much of the inspiration for Pollard's work has come from time spent hanging out with his high school friends from Dayton, a group he calls "The Monument Club" [10].


He has two children (Erica and Bryan) with his ex-wife Kim and wrote a song about each, with "Your Name is Wild" being about his daughter and "My Son Cool" being about his son [11].


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Robert Pollard - Biography - AOL Music (400 words)
Pollard was born on October 31, 1957, in Dayton, OH.
As a child, Pollard was groomed by his father to become a professional athlete, but in college he realized that music meant more to him than sports.
Pollard's love for British Invasion records, as well as an admiration for progressive rock and R.E.M. 's murky jangle, sculpted the band's early LPs, all of which Pollard, his brother, and the group's manager financed by requesting a loan from the Dayton Public Schools Credit Union.
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