Do you know who would be really happy to be called a guilty pleasure?
From the Dayton, OH band's 1997 album, Mag Earwhig!, this song and video are probably about as close as Guided by Voices has gotten to actual guilty pleasure territory. It's a song that clocks in at 3:00 on the dot, has a significant guitar solo, and a video with significant production value.
The title is in reference to being tough - having a thick skin. Clearly, the video's protagonist, Larkey Parka, had to have a thick skin as he was bullied in his pursuit of the girl, eventually winning her over at the Rock Show Tonight.
Thankfully, after all these years, Guided by Voices is a band that still tours, and still performs this song. Here they are in 2017, with Bob Pollard acting like the rock star he absolutely is.
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