Strong words and big black birds on a telephone wire
Secretly placed at the end of Jellyfish Reflector, a live Guided by Voices album, are three songs: Pantherz, I'll Buy You A Bird, and Bughouse. Of the three, my favorite is Pantherz, a power chord rocker that was supposed to be a track on The Power of Suck, a concept album which chronicled the history of Guided by Voices. The Power of Suck was shelved and some of the songs made their way to Under the Bushes, Under The Stars while the rest were eventually released. As a Guided by Voices fan, I have been amazed to find some of their best material in the strangest of places. Some are B-sides to singles, some have existed as unreleased demos only to be found on tapes traded between fans, some can only be found on fan only releases, and some are at the end of a live album. Listen to the song and feel free to share your thoughts in the comments section. Enjoy.