Vampire on Titus

Vampire on Titus is the sixth album by American indie rock group Guided by Voices.

Vampire on Titus
An illustration of a plant with tiny lambs emerging from its flowers. The band name and title appear above and below the illustration, respectively.
Studio album by
Released1993
Recorded1993
GenreIndie rock, lo-fi
Length30:42
LabelScat Records
ProducerSteve Wilbur, Tobin Sprout
Guided by Voices chronology
Propeller
(1992)
Vampire on Titus
(1993)
Bee Thousand
(1994)
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic3.5/5 stars[1]

The image on the cover is a Vegetable Lamb of Tartary from The Travels of Sir John Mandeville by John Mandeville, 1499.[2]

BackgroundEdit

Vampire on Titus was recorded after a short-lived dissolution of the band (after 1992's "farewell" album Propeller) but prior to the full-time regrouping that occurred with the assemblage of the Bee Thousand album and the band's return to live performance. The album was recorded with a skeletal line-up consisting of Robert Pollard, Jim Pollard and Tobin Sprout. Jim Shepard of V-3 remarked to Pollard once that he “was like a vampire on Titus, sucking songs out of the earth.”[3] Pollard lived on Titus Ave. in Dayton, Ohio. The album is often acknowledged as being the most abrasively lo-fi in the entire Guided by Voices catalog.

Track listingEdit

All songs written by Robert Pollard unless otherwise noted.

Side AEdit

  1. ""Wished I Was a Giant"" – 2:43
  2. "#2 in the Model Home Series" (R. Pollard, Tobin Sprout) – 1:45
  3. "Expecting Brainchild" (Jim Pollard, R. Pollard) – 2:30
  4. "Superior Sector Janitor X" (J. Pollard, R. Pollard, Sprout) – 0:37
  5. "Donkey School" (Sprout) – 1:03
  6. "Dusted" – 2:08
  7. "Marchers in Orange" (J. Pollard, R. Pollard) – 1:24
  8. "Sot" (Sprout, R. Pollard) – 2:35
  9. "World of Fun" – 0:55

Side BEdit

  1. "Jar of Cardinals" – 1:22
  2. "Unstable Journey" – 2:15
  3. "E-5" (J. Pollard, R. Pollard, Sprout) – 1:29
  4. "Cool Off Kid Kilowatt" (J. Pollard, R. Pollard, Sprout) – 0:56
  5. "Gleemer (The Deeds of Fertile Jim)" (Sprout) – 2:24
  6. "Wondering Boy Poet" (R. Pollard, Sprout) – 0:59
  7. "What About It?" – 1:37
  8. "Perhaps Now the Vultures" – 2:23
  9. "Non-Absorbing" – 1:37

PersonnelEdit

Guided by VoicesEdit

  • Robert Pollard - Vocals, guitar, drums
  • Jim Pollard - Guitar
  • Tobin Sprout - Vocals, guitar, bass

ReferencesEdit