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This Weekend I’ll Mostly Be Listening to… Pavement February 21, 2015

Posted by irishelectionliterature in This Weekend I'll Mostly Be Listening to....

One of my favourite bands from the 90’s Pavement. I remember hearing “Slanted and Enchanted” for the first time Grungy wonderful Indie rock, The Brilliant ‘Zurich is stained’, ‘Here’ and the upbeat and catchy ‘Summer Babe’ were highlights from the album. They released a follow up album “Crooked Rain , Crooked Rain” where the sound at times was even more haphazard and slightly more Country influenced. Included here from that is “Range Life”, probably my favourite from that album.
Wowee Zowee was released a year later in 1995 , I like the album although it is probably my least favourite of their five studio albums. In 1997 they released ‘Brighten The Corners’ which was another great album “Shady Lane” is probably my favourite track from that. Their final album “Terror Twilight’ was released in 1999 and contained some gems like ‘Major Leagues’ and ‘spit on a stranger’.
Pavement ‘retired’ in 1999……… and did a reunion tour in 2010….. I’ve yet to see them live 😦

‘Slow Century’ Lance Bangs documentary/retrospective about Pavement circa 2002


1. WorldbyStorm - February 21, 2015

Very interesting, a band I’ve never paid enough attention to. Some great stuff in there.


2. rockroots - February 21, 2015

Love Pavement, although I never got the frequent comparisons to The Fall.


3. roddy - February 21, 2015

Well now for something completely different! This morning I had an early start as I had to travel down to Dublin.On the way down the usual Northern radio station I listen to in my work vehicle began to fade so I started to search through the wavebands for something else to listen to.I hit upon what many on here would call a “culchie” station where a woman was singing Ewan McColl’s “Englands motorway”.She was singing in what I would call “waltz time” (a tempo so beloved of so many Irish “showband type singers ) but I have to say it was very agreeable to listen to.Indeed if I had have been at home,Mrs Roddy would have been encouraging me onto my feet for a spot of “around the house and mind the dresser”!. There are many powerful songs about emigration but this song of McColls which I hadnt heard in years must rank as one of the greatest in how it deals with the effects on a family who ” need the money your daddy earns on England’s motorway”.


4. Eamonn Crudden - February 21, 2015

@Rockroots : Their early material was very Fall derivative. There is a compilation of their very early EPs that features that type of stuff: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Westing_%28By_Musket_and_Sextant%29


rockroots - February 21, 2015

Yes, I’ve heard some of that, I think I’m struggling to identify the musical similarities without the Mancunian barking-ah! Mind you, I always got a kick out of seeing this on MTV, by Pavement’s slightly unhinged original drummer…


5. Mark P - February 22, 2015

As a teenager a friend of mine gave me a tape with Pavement’s Brighten the Corners on one side and Guided by Voices’ Bee Thousand on the other. It was the only tape I had with me for a holiday, and both bands were favourites of mine for years afterwards. I’ve listened to Guided by Voices a lot more since, but Pavement will always have a nostalgic place in my heart.


WorldbyStorm - February 22, 2015

Guided by Voices had some great moments.


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