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Clang Clang Ho

Cub Scout Bowling Pins

Released: 07/30/2021
Format: LP
Label: Guided By Voices Inc.
Catalog #: GBVI-104
Country: U.S.A.
Discs: 1
# Tracks: 20
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Release Info: Cub Scout Bowling Pins hop in the "Magic Taxi", turn on the AM radio and time travel forty to forty-five years back in time. The project is mysteriously presented, but it's a thinly-veiled alias of the ridiculously prolific and talented Guided By Voices.

Minus the usual punk and prog influences, there are strong whiffs of bubble gum, psych and soft rock with sugary doses of ornate baroque pop. Long renowned scholars of rock, the Ohio players have occasionally worn their influences on their sleeves, but this time they seemingly have their jackets on inside out.

Perhaps conceptually similar to how GBV went tongue-in-cheek "country" backing Cash Rivers & The Sinners in 2018, but Cub Scout Bowling Pins is a thousand times subtler, like an eccentric cousin of GBV with the craziness knob turned up by 10%. And while Cash Rivers discs trade hands among collectors on Discogs for hundreds of dollars, Cub Scout Bowling Pins' debut 7-inch Heaven Beats Iowa was recently spotted for sale for no less than $10,000.

On their debut long player, America's newest hit-makers dip into retro-futuristic weirdness, side-by-side with whimsical sophistication and candy-coated technicolor complexity. In the flip-flop world of Summer 2021, transistor radios will vibrate with the sweet and hooky "We" and "Nova Mona" while " 1-2-3" will "climb" the "charts".

"Ride My Earthmobile" spins like an even-more demented 13th Floor Elevators. Is that Jimmy Webb or Lee Hazlewood hidden behind the latest issue of "The Telegraph Hill Gazette"? "Schoolmaster Bones" chortles with a groovy pretzel logic, while "Space Invader" and "Magic Taxi" beckon with jangling guitars, shimmering strings, mellotrons and vintage synths.

Following three critically-lauded GBV albums recorded in quarantine in 2020, is this a light-hearted detour, a midlife crisis or just good clean Pandemic fun? Cub Scout Bowling Pins beg the questions: exactly what drugs are they taking? And where can we get some? Clang Clang Ho!

"She Cannot Know" And "Eggs, Mother?" released as digital singles via the Hot Freaks subscription. Album release date stated as 7/4/2021 in those Hot Freaks emails but later listed on Midheavaen Mailorder as 7/2/2021 for CD with the LP released on 7/30/2021.

Cub Scout Bowling Pins, in collaboration with Rockathon Records LLC, partnered with the Guided by Voices merch store at Port Merch to offer unique music and merch bundles. Some of these bundles included bowling shirts and bowling bags.
Clang Clang Ho
1.   Magic Taxi 2:03
2.   Flip Flop World 1:32
3.   Casino Hair Wife 1:24
4.   Ride My Earthmobile 2:22
5.   Schoolmaster Bones 2:18
6.   Eggs, Mother? 1:31
7.   Strange Walk Home 1:47
8.   Nova Mona 2:40
9.   The Telegraph Hill Gazette 1:51
10.  Everybody Love A Baboon 0:52
11.  © 1-2-3 2:15
12.  Sister Slam Dance 2:30
13.  It's Marbles! 1:36
14.  Space Invader 2:27
15.  Human Car 1:32
16.  Competitor 1:44
17.  She Cannot Know 2:06
18.  We 2:17
19.  Roll Up Your Nose 2:21
20.  What Crawls Also Flies Over 2:01
Total Length: 39:09
Other Formats
Label - Catalog [Format] (Country) # Tracks
Guided By Voices Inc. - GBVI-104 [CD] (U.S.A.) 20

Album Credits
Artwork/Design
Role Name
Art Department Joe Patterson
Art Department Robert Pollard
Art Department Vince Williams
Art Management Sarah Zade-Pollard
Artwork Robert Pollard
Layout Joe Patterson
Layout Robert Pollard
Musician
Role Name
Band Member Bobby Sterling
Band Member Doug Downer
Band Member Kevin Williamson
Band Member Mark Parente
Band Member Robert Ramby
Band Member Travis LaMacchia
Performer Cub Scout Bowling Pins
Production
Role Name
Mastering Jamal Ruhe
Producer Cub Scout Bowling Pins
Studio
Role Name
Mastering Location West West Side Music - New Windsor, NY
Conducting/Arranging
Role Name
Horn Arrangement Doug Downer
String Arrangement Doug Downer
Publishing
Role Name
Copyright 2021
Songwriter Cub Scout Bowling Pins
Management/Business
Role Name
Business Management Eric Weiss
Legal Richard Grabel
Management Amy Winslow
Management David Newgarden
Other
Role Name
Additional Album Text A Factory Of Raw Essentials Product
Rockathon Records Matt Davis
Rockathon Records Mike Lipps