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post #16 of 34
Terror Twilight is probably the best recorded and most consistent songwriting/playing from beginning to end. It's a very no frills sound, fitting for a no frills band, hehe.

Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain is probably my fave Pavement album though.

They had moderate success, I remember seeing them at Lollapalooza, the 3rd one possibly - the one with Sonic Youth/Hole headlining. Guess you'd have to have some degree of success to be on the main stage at a Lollapalooza tour. But they never became household names, not like R.E.M. (which I take to be their, or at least Steve M.'s heros).

They probably have more fans now than they did in their heyday. I became a fan about a year after they broke up and interestingly enough, most people I speak to who are Pavement fans did so as well, lol. I mean I knew about them in their early days and thought "Haircut" was a catchy tune, and even at Lollapalooza thought they were decent, just didn't think they were great. It wasn't until I heard Terror Twilight and then Crooked Rain all the way through that I truly appreciated them.

I think a good place to start for anyone interested IS Terror Twilight...the first 3 songs will hook you, very catchy and melodic.
post #17 of 34
I think they were at the height of their popularity after Crooked Rain Crooked Rain was released although they do seem to be enjoying an increasing or at least lasting popularity now that they've broken up. I remember seeing videos from Crooked Rain Crooked Rain on MTV's 120 Minutes and Alternative Nation but by the time Wowee Zowee came out I think alternative music in general started to become less popular and that album didn't seem to do as well as the former. In the Slow Century dvd they talk about how they thought "Father to a Sister of Thought" from Wowee Zowee would be a hit but when it was released it didn't get much attention.

I never got to see them live but I'm pretty sure they were able to play at mid-sized venues for awhile. I used to live in Denver and in the dvd it mentioned them at the Ogden theater which would have acts like George Clinton and Sublime, it wasn't too large a venue but it was probably the best of the "more than just a bar with a stage" venues.

I always hear how everybody thought they were going to be huge but unfortunately it never seemed to happen. Personally I think it had mostly to do with alternative music going out of style or changing attitudes in the mid-late nineties. I know for awhile I wasn't listening to anything alternative around then including Pavement, but I always had in the back of my mind how much I liked Pavement and I eventually started buying their cds again.
post #18 of 34
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wikipedia has a nice writeup on them. their first drummer would greet people at shows and hand out cabbage and mashed potatos. also, i guess there was a great deal of pot smoking going on--especially during wowee-zowee. they ended up firing the drummer after he pulled a gun on the band. probably part of the reason they never made it big are these issues of alcohol, drugs, and insanity, as well as the waining poplularity of indy music.

one of the band members said recently there may be a reunion in the works for 2009!!

now, is there any lyric better than "pigs tend to wiggle when they walk" to start and album off?
post #19 of 34
Thanks for all the background info and insights, people.

I haven't seen Slanted/Enchanted listed much as people's fave -- it might be mine. Either that or CRCR.

While inconsistent, the EPs/B-sides have alot of good s**t in there. I guess that's what makes the re-issues so good.
post #20 of 34
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now, is there any lyric better than "pigs tend to wiggle when they walk" to start and album off?
My favorite lyrics are (off Harness Your Hopes):

Heart-breaking
Earth-quaking
Kiwis they are home baking
Minds wide open truly


And a few other things:

There's a Gold Soundz jazz interpretation album [NPR review] by James Carter. It's interesting.

And here's the original Gold Soundz video. Not a big hit on MTV. It's one of many videos on the Slow Century DVD. Hell here are some more: Cut Your Hair, Range Live, Spit on a Stranger, and Painted Soldiers (Pavement replaced by Veruca Salt). Funny, on these they really do seem like the indie-slacker rep they were labeled with. For those unfamiliar with Pavement, remember this was before Ween and all the indie that followed.
post #21 of 34
Pavement is so awesome. Strangely I have never at any point owned Brighten The Corners. I have owned their other albums in the past but lost them due to general college craziness; I used to be VERY poor about keeping up with my CDs condition and location. One of the benefits of becoming an audiophile as been I am much more careful with my CDs.

I didn't get into Pavement until Terror Twilight was released, and I think they broke up shortly thereafter, if not before, it was. I love the re-releases to, so much goodness packed on two discs! Peel Sessions (my favorite!), live tracks, demos. Other re-releasers should look to these as the gold standard for re-releases.
post #22 of 34
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Love the album, love the anniversary re-issues of earlier albums, love Pavement.
Amen...
post #23 of 34
Double amen to that!

And strangely enough, I own all Pavement albums (and 2 of the new re-releases) except for Wowee Zowee.
post #24 of 34
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Double amen to that!

And strangely enough, I own all Pavement albums (and 2 of the new re-releases) except for Wowee Zowee.

I'M DROOOOOWNIN FOR YOUR THIRST DROWNIN FOR YOOOUR THIRST DROWININ FOR YOUR THIRST DROWNIN FOUR YOURRRRR THIRST!!!!
post #25 of 34
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Double amen to that!

And strangely enough, I own all Pavement albums (and 2 of the new re-releases) except for Wowee Zowee.

I haven't picked up the WZ re-issue yet. What do people think of it?
post #26 of 34
The thing I love about Pavement -- and it's hard to really describe to people --- is that combination of old-school folk-rock, witty lyrics, 90's slacker aesthetic, and even a bit of gritty post-punk attitude, all wrapped up into music that is surprsingly infectious, and filled with amazing hooks all over the place.

Aside from their tendency to use foul language, I still don't get why they never make it into that category of all-time great rock bands (at least in the larger sense). There are many bands that were contemporary to them that just seem to be more well-known. Maybe how popular a band is (with some notable exceptions) is truly inversely proportional to how GOOD they are.
post #27 of 34
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Maybe how popular a band is (with some notable exceptions) is truly inversely proportional to how GOOD they are.
THE BEATLES were basically one of the most popular bands ever and they might be the greatest band ever.

but what youre saying is mostly true.
post #28 of 34
nice, have always liked this album and agree to the sound..very nice stuff
post #29 of 34
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I haven't picked up the WZ re-issue yet. What do people think of it?

I haven't listened to it on cd, only rhapsody, so I don't know how the remastering on this one sounds but I like the bonus tracks. I tend to listen to the more melodic songs that Pavement does and this one has some good stuff like "No More Kings" (a better song about the American Revolution than the Star Spangled Banner), "Kris Kraft", "Easily Fooled", "Mussle Rock", and "Gangsters and Pranksters".
post #30 of 34
I've had Wowee Zowee for a long while and love that album. I'll definitely give brighten the corners a try next. Thanks for the recommendation!
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