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The Power Of Suck

Guided By Voices

This is a list of songs that were to appear on this proposed/aborted/unreleased album. This is not an actual release.
Released: 1995
Format: Proposed/Aborted Album
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While we have tracklistings for Power Of Suck demos and for an apparent post-Power Of Suck 2LP, there still has not been a definitive tracklisting for The Power Of Suck.

From the Suitcase box set liner notes and from GBV article with Jim Greer. A Mo Ryan interview from 3/2/96 (on GBV.com) mentions the following:

So let's talk about ditching the Albini and Deal tracks again. Did you re-record any of them?

Bob: The album was going to be a concept album. It was going to be called the Power of Suck. An autobiographical concept record about how Guided by Voices had started from nowhere and all of a sudden we were thrust into the limelight. The story was like, Are they going to sell out of not? What's going to happen at the end? And Don't Stop Now was supposed to be the big finale. So originally it was a concept album and I was writing all these songs geared toward this concept record, and was getting really difficult. Jim Greer had already written the story for it, and it was really hard to try to write songs for the record. All the songs that we were doing with Kim Deal and Steve Albini were for the concept album. We went to Europe and did our tour and when we came back, I had decided to shitcan the concept album, and I wrote a bunch of new songs, like 18 or 20 songs, and I thought they were better. They were more spontaneous and more free, they weren't geared toward a concept of anything, so we decided to record them in Dayton. I just decided to get rid of all this stuff from the concept record. Plus [for the concept record songs] we rehearsed for maybe a month in the basement, and took maybe two more weeks to record it-the whole process took two months to rehearse and record, and I don't like to work that way. I like to record as we rehearse. The stuff we did with Kim and Steve is painful for me to listen to. Not all of it, some of it turned out really good, but a lot of it is painful for me to listen to because it took so long and it was so labored.
The Power Of Suck
Contains multiple tracks, including:
Big Boring Wedding
Bug House
Drag Days
Pink Drink
Redmen And Their Wives
The Official Ironmen Rally Song
Why Did You Land?
Don't Stop Now