Peanut’s Playground: Forgotten Classics – 5. Girls Against Boys – House Of GVSB

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I really really tried very hard to get excited. Not in a sexual way of course (because everyone knows that ain’t a problem *wagga wagga*), but in a musical way. But still no luck in that department. I do have some new stuff in my iTunes worth blabbing about, but well, you know, it ain’t working out for me.

So it’s time for episode number 5 in my series of old crap in new jackets, also known as Peanut’s Forgotten Classics!

Girls Against Boys – House Of GVSB (1996)

‘Drone rock’. What the fuck is ‘drone rock’?? Apparently it’s the music Girls Against Boys used to make. Doesn’t mean much to me though, ‘drone rock’. I’d rather refer to them as bass-driven kick ass post-punk rock fuckers. Somehow that makes much more sense to me than ‘drone rock’ does.

House Of GVSB, the band’s 4th album, was released in 1996 and was their last on the indepent Touch & Go label before moving on to Geffen. The album holds everything that made this band unique. Double bass, ferocious rhythms, freaky synths, fuzzy guitars and completely inexcplicable lyrics. And with completely inexplicable, I mean COMPLETELY!

“When you got
nothing in the lemon
spiders on your ceiling
nothing satisfies

X-Head is X-Vibe
In dust we trust

When your ass
is in the fire
is it coming at ya live?
from all sides
can you decide?

X-Head is X-Vibe
In dust we trust

Oh really Scott McCloud?  Is that so? “X-Head is X-Vibe, In Dust We Trust”?  Uhhuh, suuuuure….

Anyway I’ve wasted enough of ol’ Tsuru’s prepaid bytes already. Go and listen to an amazing album, that’s been in my all-time top 10 list for 14 years now, and see what you’ve missed out on way back in 1996.


1. Super-Fire

2. Click Click

3. Crash 17 (X-Rated Car)

4. Disco Six Six Six

5. Life In Pink

6. TheKindaMzkYouLike

7. Vera Cruz

8. AnotherDroneInMyHead

9. Cash Machine

10. Wilmington

11. Zodiac Love Team

Don’t forget to check out my other articles, in case you’ve missed them (which would be an absolute shame, because they’re great and shit).



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2 comments for “Peanut’s Playground: Forgotten Classics – 5. Girls Against Boys – House Of GVSB

  1. Neil Cake
    September 24, 2010 at 8:19 AM

    Personally I prefer Cruise Yourself, but still – well done for mentioning GVSB.

    Incidentally, Scott McLoud is a member of a very exclusive club, “rock stars I’ve shook hands with”.

    To this point, and as far as I can remember, the only other members are Therapy?’s Andy Cairns and Lightning Bolts’ Brian Gibson.

    Who wouldn’t want to be a member of that club?

  2. September 24, 2010 at 2:22 PM

    Thanks Neil. And you’re probably right, Cruise Yourself might be the better album of the 2. It’s the sentiment that made me choose this one I think.

    Therapy? oh yeah! I saw them live a few years ago. Great band. Didn’t get the chance to shake his hand tho. It was in a barn somewhere and I couldn’t get near him with all the farmers in front of stage. Oh well. There’s always a next time :D

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