Guided by Voices
No band, with the possible exception of Pavement, epitomized ’90s indie rock — both in sound and execution — more than Guided by Voices. They were led by Robert Pollard, a British Invasion fan who spent many years teaching fourth grade in Dayton, Ohio, while making basement tapes with various versions of the band before most of the world noticed. Even when GbV started releasing “real” records, they still recorded at home on the cheapest equipment imaginable, making them the leading lights of “lo-fi,” the ’90s version of punk's original DIY aesthetic. Prolific to a fault, Pollard emits songs the way the rest of us expel CO2. Since more than a thousand of them have surfaced on albums credited to GbV, Pollard, or various one-off collaborations, his catalogue can be daunting.