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Class Clown Spots A UFO

Guided By Voices

Released: 05/07/2012
Format: 7" Single
Label: Fire Records
Catalog #: BLAZE45192
Country: United Kingdom
Discs: 1
# Tracks: 3
Front Cover
Pressing Details
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Original Release Notes:
The song "Class Clown Spots A UFO" is unusual for two reasons:
1) the title is not referenced in the lyrics. Most Robert Pollard songs contain the title within the lyrics, often within the first line.
2) It's a re-working of an old (mid-80s) song that first appeared in (lovely, slow, sad) acoustic form under the title "Crocker's Favorite Song," on the King Shit and the Golden Boys LP from Box, and later on the "Director's Cut" of Bee Thousand, and still later, a more fleshed-out version appeared on Suitcase 3.
Although, come to think of it, the process of reworking older songs is not actually so unusual for Guided By Voices (see inter alia, the progression of 1983's "Walls And Windows" to 1994's "Hardcore UFOs"). 3) We can't count. And finally, 4) it's a ridiculously catchy, melodically-complex, shot-through-with-melancholia song that serves as a kind of sadder and wiser riposte to XTC's "Making Plans For Nigel" as performed by the Hollies.

The single contains two B-sides, "Message From The Moon", a Tobin Sprout number about the moon, clearly his favorite subject, and a "home-fi" (even lower than lo-fi!) version of "Worm w/ 7 Hearts" which has been studio recorded for the forthcoming album Class Clown Spots A UFO.

One of three singles to be released for the 2nd GBV album of 2012, Class Clown Spots A UFO. Original release date was going to be 2/21/12 but it was bumped back due to the success of Let's Go Eat The Factory.
Class Clown Spots A UFO
Side A
1.   Class Clown Spots A UFO
Side B
1.   Message From The Moon
2.   Worm w/ 7 Broken Hearts [Home-Fi]
Other Formats
Label - Catalog [Format] (Country) # Tracks
Fire Records - [7" Box Set] (United Kingdom) * 8
Fire Records - FIRECD249 [CD] (United Kingdom) 21
Fire Records - FIRELP249 [LP] (United Kingdom) 21
Fire Records/Bad Paintings - FBP003 [Cassette] (United Kingdom) 21
Guided By Voices Inc. - GBVI-21 [7" Single] (U.S.A.) 3
Guided By Voices Inc. - GBVI-22 [CD] (U.S.A.) 21
Guided By Voices Inc. - GBVI-22 [LP] (U.S.A.) 21
* Title is part of Multi-Disc Set

Album Credits
Role Name
Cover Art Robert Pollard
Layout Joe Patterson
Layout Robert Pollard
Role Name
Mastering Carl Saff
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Business Management Eric Weiss
Legal Matters Richard Grabel
Management David Newgarden
Role Name
Additional Album Text Keep It In Motion
Rockathon Records Kevin Poindexter
Rockathon Records Matt Davis
Rockathon Records Mike Lipps
Thanks Joe Buben