A curious pet in an open cage
Subjected to his master's rage
A Portrait Destroyed By Fire, the fifth track on the 1987 album Devil Between My Toes, just might be the creepiest Guided by Voices song ever recorded. There is definitely a REM and Wire influence on A Portrait Destroyed By Fire, and this song is tied with Hey Hey Spaceman as my favorite track on Devil Between My Toes. What I love about A Portrait Destroyed By Fire is the build-up of rage that ends with lead singer, Bob Pollard, screaming, "A portrait destroyed by fire" over and over. Additionally, Bob Pollard and Toby Sprout have a great vocal moment and A Portrait Destroyed By Fire was a song that proved that more brilliant songs were on the horizon for Guided by Voices. Enjoy!