Back in the early days of AD we would regularly run a feature called Under The Covers that would pit a really good cover against its original; in essence, the Cover Wars. Since features tend to ebb and flow around here, let’s revisit this one. The track in question is Guided By Voices “I Am Decided,” a track that Kim Deal (aka, Tammy Ampersand) covered in 1995 with her super lo-fi side-side project The Amps. Released on the groups sole (and excellent) album Pacer, “I Am Decided” easily complimented the rest of the LP’s material. It also paid homage to fellow Dayton rocker, Robert Pollard, who, with his band of GBV vets, reinvented the sound of ’90s underground DIY lo-fi, and in doing so was a major influence on Pacer’s sound.
Pollard and company officially/commercially released the source material years later via the, exhaustive, box set Suitcase 2: American Superdream Wow. It’s classic Guided By Voices, recorded under the fake band name Timid Virus, that was (reportedly) supposed to appear on an abandoned concept album entitled The Power of Suck. That Pollard always had a way with album titles, no?
So that’s that. Which one do you prefer? The original, written by Pollard, or the cover, cleaned up a smidgen and crooned by Kim Deal? I know my preference, but want to hear your pick in the comments below. Have at it. As always, The Club Is Open…
MP3: Guided By Voices :: I Am Decided
MP3: The Amps :: I Am Decided (cover)
Amazon: Guided By Voices – Suitcase 2: American Superdream Wow