10. Guided By Voices
Years active: 1983 - 2004, 2010 - present Influenced: Composition in rock music, use of analog equipment Hometown: Dayton, Ohio Jam: "Glad Girls." A song that's ostensibly celebrating girls, but also digs deeper into the spiritual realm.
Robert Pollard's prolific output was perhaps only inhibited by his insistent use of the four-track recorder to capture the thousands of commiserating pop melodies he made. Aside from a plethora of musical records, the mastermind behind the Guided By Voices sound also released a record solely dedicated to his rambling, drunken stage banter—and it's banter that somehow crosses the line from incoherent musings back over into actual philosophical gold. The masses of GBV fans will point the fact that though they won major label success, and went through numerous lineup changes, GBV never changed their recording style—recording on cheap tape decks all the way to the bitter end.
A song that's ostensibly celebrating girls, but also digs deeper into the spiritual realm.