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Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Calcaterra - Robert Pollard of Guided by Voices threw a no-hitter in college? OK.

Look, it’s baseball!

I knew that Bob was a pretty ballplayer in college, but this is a neat piece of trivia.

I Helped Patrick McGoohan Escape Posted: January 29, 2014 at 03:22 PM | 42 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Dale H. Posted: January 29, 2014 at 06:18 PM (#4648250)
Doesn't look all that pretty to me.
   2. Don Geovany Soto (chris h.) Posted: January 29, 2014 at 06:19 PM (#4648251)
I thought Craig was retiring to go into law enforcement.
   3. Rickey! On a blog from 1998. With the candlestick. Posted: January 29, 2014 at 06:22 PM (#4648255)
I thought Craig was retiring to go into law enforcement.


I'm so glad it wasn't only me.
   4. Gonfalon Bubble Posted: January 29, 2014 at 06:35 PM (#4648265)
Guided By Voices is also throwing a no-hitter on the Billboard charts. Although they have a long way to go to challenge Jeff Beck's record.
   5. dr. scott Posted: January 29, 2014 at 06:49 PM (#4648274)
I read that as "Robert Pollard was guided by voices to throw a no hitter in college." Which is way cooler.
   6. I Helped Patrick McGoohan Escape Posted: January 29, 2014 at 06:57 PM (#4648279)
Ack, too late to edit, but imagine there's a 'good' somewhere in the intro.
   7. The Yankee Clapper Posted: January 29, 2014 at 07:00 PM (#4648283)
I thought Craig was retiring to go into law enforcement.

And I thought the "Guided By Voices" guy was on trial for shooting up the Interstate. Someone needs to do a better job cross-referencing the threads!
   8. Rickey! On a blog from 1998. With the candlestick. Posted: January 29, 2014 at 07:14 PM (#4648289)
And I thought the "Guided By Voices" guy was on trial for shooting up the Interstate.


Robert Pollard was arrested, naked, masturbating in a Philly roadway?
   9. Don Geovany Soto (chris h.) Posted: January 29, 2014 at 08:00 PM (#4648306)
Robert Pollard was arrested, naked, masturbating in a Philly roadway?


Charley Pollard was arrested, naked, masturbating on the Titanic?

/obscure
   10. spycake Posted: January 29, 2014 at 08:17 PM (#4648319)
Robert Pollard was arrested, naked, masturbating in a Philly roadway?


And Ruben Amaro was sufficiently impressed, he offered him a full-time job.
   11. Athletic Supporter can feel the slow rot Posted: January 29, 2014 at 08:22 PM (#4648322)
That's nothing. Stephen Malkmus once struck out all 27 guys and hit a home run in the bottom of the ninth to win the Rock n' Jock Softball Challenge.
   12. Non-Youkilidian Geometry Posted: January 29, 2014 at 08:23 PM (#4648323)
The really impressive thing is that Bob threw the no-hitter while drinking an entire case of beer.
   13. 'Spos Posted: January 29, 2014 at 08:59 PM (#4648344)
The really really impressive thing is that he only drank one case of beer that game.
   14. eddieot Posted: January 29, 2014 at 09:12 PM (#4648351)
Sorry Gonfalon, if GBV ever charted they would instantly be shunned by all of us nerdy, pale 40-something fans who worship the empty beer cans he leaves behind.
   15. Repoz Posted: January 29, 2014 at 09:14 PM (#4648353)
I believe Pollard is the only artist to release his next LP before his next LP.
   16. ThickieDon Posted: January 29, 2014 at 10:00 PM (#4648373)
My favorite band of all-time, by far. My life's obsession, really. The inspiration for everything I do.

Glad to see even the anti-PED crowd has some musical taste.

Pollard roided in the 70s, no doubt.
   17. Textbook Editor Posted: January 29, 2014 at 10:52 PM (#4648390)
I saw GBV open for Pavement at the Trocadero in Philly somewhere in the Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain timeframe. It was a whole hell of a lotta fun. A quick Google check reveals it must have been this show.

Dear god that's gonna be 20 years ago pretty soon. Time to roll the trowsers.
   18. Scott Ross Posted: January 29, 2014 at 10:52 PM (#4648391)
G! B! V! P! E! D!
   19. Roger McDowell spit on me! Posted: January 29, 2014 at 10:57 PM (#4648394)
Sorry Gonfalon, if GBV ever charted they would instantly be shunned by all of us nerdy, pale 40-something fans who worship the empty beer cans he leaves behind.


Hey! Some of us are 50 somethings.

Uhhh...oh. Yeah...ummm...

I must say I get the most interesting comments when I wear my GBV t-shirt. People coming up to me saying "Me too!" or "What do they tell you?" They are always very disappointed when I tell them it's the name of a band.
   20. Scott Ross Posted: January 29, 2014 at 10:59 PM (#4648397)
I saw GBV open for Pavement at the Trocadero in Philly

My two favorite bands at one of my favorite venues--I am drowning in envy.
   21. PreservedFish Posted: January 29, 2014 at 11:00 PM (#4648398)
My life's obsession, really.


That seems extreme.
   22. Shredder Posted: January 29, 2014 at 11:25 PM (#4648412)
The really impressive thing is that Bob threw the no-hitter while drinking an entire case of beer.
You must have never seen them in concert. He clearly threw the no-no while downing an entire bottle of Cuervo. Maybe two.
   23. villainx Posted: January 30, 2014 at 01:03 AM (#4648447)
From the article:

The second straight day of my kids being home from school because of dangerous wind chills has me getting fairly loopy.


school shuts down from wind chill?
   24. SoSH U at work Posted: January 30, 2014 at 01:09 AM (#4648451)

school shuts down from wind chill?


When the wind chills forecast to be in the -25-30 range, as it has been in our area this week, then yes, they do. Schools don't want kids waiting outside for buses or walking to school in conditions where simple exposure to the elements for even short periods is dangerous.

   25. Lassus Posted: January 30, 2014 at 09:03 AM (#4648491)
When the wind chills forecast to be in the -25-30 range, as it has been in our area this week, then yes, they do

I know we already have one weather thread, but this strikes me as over-protective. 25 below fahrenheit wind chill just isn't that bad.
   26. Don Geovany Soto (chris h.) Posted: January 30, 2014 at 11:18 AM (#4648554)
I know we already have one weather thread, but this strikes me as over-protective. 25 below fahrenheit wind chill just isn't that bad.


We'll have to agree to disagree on that one. I sure as hell wouldn't want my kids standing outside for any length of time in that weather.
   27. ThickieDon Posted: January 30, 2014 at 01:52 PM (#4648705)
Same here.

But do you let your kids listen to GBV?
   28. Dock Ellis on Acid Posted: January 30, 2014 at 02:06 PM (#4648719)
Sorry Gonfalon, if GBV ever charted they would instantly be shunned by all of us nerdy, pale 40-something fans who worship the empty beer cans he leaves behind.

I've got news for you guys. "Glad Girls" peaked at #168 on the Billboard 200.
   29. toratoratora Posted: January 30, 2014 at 05:54 PM (#4648954)
Just hopping in to put in another good word for the Troc. I love that place. It's exactly what a craphole dive bar should be
   30. Gonfalon Bubble Posted: January 30, 2014 at 06:18 PM (#4648967)
I've got news for you guys. "Glad Girls" peaked at #168 on the Billboard 200.

That's like that scorching single Kerry Wood gave up in his 20-K game.
   31. tfbg9 Posted: January 30, 2014 at 06:29 PM (#4648974)
My ex is married to a guy whose band toured with GBV and knows those guys. Brush with greatness and all that.
I like Glad Girls. Good song.
   32. Swedish Chef Posted: January 30, 2014 at 06:55 PM (#4648993)
Seems like Robert Pollard is only planning to release four or five albums this year, the slacker.
   33. kirkhead Posted: January 30, 2014 at 07:07 PM (#4649003)

Huge GbV fan myself - I got into them relatively late but was able to catch 5 of their last 6 shows before the "retirement" at the end of 2004. Seen 'em a couple of times since their return, and they still ######' rock.

Bob has claimed in interviews that he used to have a 95 MPH heater, although he apparently blew his arm out in High School at some point and he never regained that velocity. I believe he says he attended a tryout for the Cincinnati Reds at some point as well.
   34. simon bedford Posted: January 30, 2014 at 07:13 PM (#4649013)
i have seen both pavement and GBV live, , pavement were god awful and blown off the stage by codiene, GBV were headlining some tiny place in london ontario the first time i saw them, taking a break from touring with "urge overkill" ( which is why i skipped that show) they drank several cases of beer, and played until someone pulled the plug, to the point where if enough of us yelled a song title they would usually play it...saw them again on their own in toronto but they werent as much fun, half the band had been let go. pollard had a great band during the bee thousand alien lanes time, after that, not so much...
   35. ThickieDon Posted: January 30, 2014 at 07:19 PM (#4649019)
Band was better, songs were worse.
   36. ThickieDon Posted: January 30, 2014 at 07:20 PM (#4649020)
Seriously though, what a solidly geeky site this is.
   37. ThickieDon Posted: January 30, 2014 at 07:22 PM (#4649022)
"Glad Girls" never officially charted but ISOLATION DRILLS did hit #168 on the strength of said "hit".

Now that's a hit.
   38. simon bedford Posted: January 30, 2014 at 08:46 PM (#4649055)
i always thought "hold on hope" was the hit, i mean it was on "scrubs" and all that
   39. Dr. Chaleeko Posted: January 31, 2014 at 09:41 AM (#4649173)
#33 No deal though because The Reds only gave him a nose load of promises....

/really obscure

EDIT: FTFM (fixed that for me)
   40. Dr. Chaleeko Posted: January 31, 2014 at 09:44 AM (#4649175)
I've always wondered whether Mike Simms' favorite record was Mad Earwhig.
   41. Infinite Joost (Voxter) Posted: January 31, 2014 at 11:01 AM (#4649203)
25 below fahrenheit wind chill just isn't that bad.


A. This has not been my experience.
B. It was -40 here and they cancelled everything.
C. It took me 2 hours to get to work yesterday.
D. I don't understand this place at all.
   42. villainx Posted: January 31, 2014 at 02:27 PM (#4649350)
D. I don't understand this place at all.


was just asking an innocent question. no experience with that extreme weather. (i also don't know where calcaterra resides, so also don't know if it was extreme for that locale.)

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