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Pick a one song that sums up Pavement: Range Life

Micheline, Monday, 24 June 2002 00:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

loretta's scars

it's catchy and static-y, so yeah. um...

brains, Monday, 24 June 2002 00:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

"jackals, false grails: the lonesome era" - slanted & enchanted

jagged repitition, oberheim squelch-factor=10+ in the era of "guitar", simultaneous backward/forward eyespan, that early pavement drum style.

runner-up: "texas never whispers"

gygax! (i forgot my blog password), Monday, 24 June 2002 00:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

"Stop Breathin" Just one of many masterpieces on Crooked Rain Crooked Rain.

Tim DiGravina, Monday, 24 June 2002 00:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

i wonder if i still like 'em. possibly "here"? i suspect it's not a good example of what pavement did best, tho.

mitch lastnamewithheld, Monday, 24 June 2002 00:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

"SUMMER BABE" its Pavementness wrapped up into a whole little snugs bug. It makes me nostalgic for a time that I wasnt even there to appreciate. Fuck I love Pavement. I used to think "Grounded" was my fave actually,it aint that far behind...its so beautiful....Pavement have got so much a better way with melody and cadence its fucking ridiculous...fuck Mark E Smith...from the bottom of my heart i think all Pavement haterz are godamned idiots..

michael bourke, Monday, 24 June 2002 00:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

"zurich is stained"

Jeff, Monday, 24 June 2002 00:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

"Sue Me Jack"--maximum output from minimum notes--how this one managed not to be on an album I'll never know.

Douglas, Monday, 24 June 2002 00:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

yeah, i'm with mike on 'grounded' (or at least i was, sometime soon i'll have to go thru a complete pavement re-evaluation)

mitch lastnamewithheld, Monday, 24 June 2002 00:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

"silence kid" is good

Eugene Coffey, Monday, 24 June 2002 00:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

"Grounded"--whiteboy angst in extremis, so dramatic, so pretentious- because-it-can't-help-itself-so-fuck-it-let's-do-it-anyway, so arresting from the git and so filled with some of the best guitar ever

M Matos, Monday, 24 June 2002 00:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Trigger Cut.

chris sallis, Monday, 24 June 2002 00:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

forklift

keith, Monday, 24 June 2002 00:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

arresting from the git you say?

chris sallis, Monday, 24 June 2002 00:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Trigger Cut.. or perhaps Our Singer

electric sound of jim, Monday, 24 June 2002 00:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

'Zurich is stained' or 'no life singed her' (=the only listenable tracks on S&E).

ciaran, Monday, 24 June 2002 00:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

-Shoot the Singer-

Aaron A., Monday, 24 June 2002 00:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

gold soundz.

queenoftheharpies, Monday, 24 June 2002 00:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

"Trigger Cut" - just for the opening lines. Ecstatic and obtuse.

J Blount, Monday, 24 June 2002 00:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

"Grounded" is gorgeous but seems a little too steady in its narrative flow to "sum up" Pavement. "We Dance" ("Pick out some Brazilian nuts for your engagement / Check that expiration date, maaan / It's later than you think") or "Stereo" ("Pigs they tend to wiggle when they walk / Their infrastructure rots / And the owners hate the jocks / With their agents and their dates...") might do the trick. Musically, the guitar outro of "Stop Breathing" sums the band up -- it liberally "samples" a Can song! There ya go.

Jody Beth Rosen, Monday, 24 June 2002 00:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

The Empty Page.

Sterling Clover, Tuesday, 25 June 2002 00:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

"Trigger Cut" is the most Pavement-y song ever.

paul, Tuesday, 25 June 2002 00:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

well i was going to say 'grounded' as well, it seems a popular choice. so, either that, or stop breathin.

i very rarely listen to pavement anymore, i need to make a decent cdr of all the good tracks

gareth, Tuesday, 25 June 2002 00:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

"Trigger Cut" was my first favorite Pavement song and perhaps still a good summary of the band. It's quintessential Pavement in a number of ways: stream-of-consciousness lyrics perpetually threatening to make sense, classic pop hooks married with edgy guitar noise, a suffusion of twenty-something angst.

o. nate, Tuesday, 25 June 2002 00:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

*zurich is stained*

jk, Tuesday, 25 June 2002 00:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Box Elder

Leigh, Wednesday, 26 June 2002 00:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

without a doubt, I'll take Grounded from Wowee Zowee The melody is really pretty: the steady rhythm augmented by SM and Stairs' guitars that chime and ring unbelievably. I don't know what to make of the lyrics but Malkmus delivers them in such a way that "latent causes sterile gauzes and the bedsid morale" comes off as an anthem of sorts. Amazing song.

John S., Wednesday, 26 June 2002 00:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Fillmore Jive!

jel --, Wednesday, 26 June 2002 00:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

here
i was dressed for success
but success it never comes
and i'm the only one who laughs
at your jokes when they are so bad
and your jokes are always bad
but they're not as bad as this

For the sweet mellow tune and the words. One of the first songs I ever heard of them. Melancholic tenderness.

alex in mainhattan, Wednesday, 26 June 2002 00:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

five months pass...
Shoot The Singer (1 Sick Verse)

"Slow it down, SONG IS SACRED!!"

Tim Beam, Friday, 20 December 2002 16:21 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

three months pass...
Okay so I can't understand how nobody mentioned "No Tan Lines".

Sterling Clover (s_clover), Tuesday, 8 April 2003 05:17 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Flux=Rad / Fight This Generation

christoff (christoff), Tuesday, 8 April 2003 12:58 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

I don't have the record in front of me. But I pick the one on "side one" of "Crooked Rain" where he say "Up to the top of the Shasta gulch/To the bottom of the Tahoe Lake." That song is the one I love the most of all the songs I love.

Jess Hill (jesshill), Tuesday, 8 April 2003 13:01 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

home
some king chooser will wind up with my number

j fail (cenotaph), Tuesday, 8 April 2003 13:01 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

"inside the mouth, a desert" or "texas never whispers"

jess (dubplatestyle), Tuesday, 8 April 2003 13:02 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

heaven is a truck, right?

Vic (Vic), Tuesday, 8 April 2003 13:06 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

"Stop Breathin'", especially the ending.

Evan (Evan), Tuesday, 8 April 2003 13:11 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

you're thinking of "Unfair," Jess Hill

M Matos (M Matos), Tuesday, 8 April 2003 13:12 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Jody, which Can song does "Stop Breathin'" rip off? I've noticed that there's definitely subtle references to Can here and there, but I never noticed anything blatant.

Andy Beckerman, Tuesday, 8 April 2003 14:02 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

"Silent Kit" or "Elevate Me Later"

Patrick South (Patrick South), Tuesday, 8 April 2003 15:18 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

"Pueblo," hands down. I've gotten in two bad car wrecks while listening to it, prolly cuz I used to like the song so much ("Who needs to steer when you can rawk out!!!!" *CRASH*)

Yanc3y (ystrickler), Tuesday, 8 April 2003 15:21 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

malkmus has said as much re. "stop breathin", but i dont think it's mean to mimic any particular song. the end sounds a lot like the guitar work on monster movie.

jess (dubplatestyle), Tuesday, 8 April 2003 15:21 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

"Gold Soundz" or "Range life." gosh those are great. "Spit on a Stranger" is pretty definitive, too.

scott m (mcd), Tuesday, 8 April 2003 15:21 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

don't hear/get the monster movie/"stop breathin'" connection...

interested to hear what can song JBR thinks the outro rips... ^_^

gygax! (gygax!), Tuesday, 8 April 2003 15:50 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

It reminds me of the bass on a particular Ege Bamyasi song, but I can't remember which one.

Jody Beth Rosen (Jody Beth Rosen), Tuesday, 8 April 2003 15:56 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

such vague mystery:
can one fingerpick a bass?
crack hath been smoken

gygax! (gygax!), Tuesday, 8 April 2003 16:14 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

is that from a b-side?

jess (dubplatestyle), Tuesday, 8 April 2003 16:17 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

you mean you don't know

gygax! (gygax!), Tuesday, 8 April 2003 16:21 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

"Unfair," yes. Good one.

I always liked, #2 I guess, "Westie Can Drum." Great riff.

Jess Hill (jesshill), Tuesday, 8 April 2003 18:15 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

No Tan Lines is pretty valid. But I'm gonna go with Texas Never Whispers.

Anthony Miccio (Anthony Miccio), Tuesday, 8 April 2003 21:36 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Rattled by The Rush

(Grounded is the better song though)

Evan R, Friday, 22 December 2017 18:49 (four months ago) Permalink

This is hard!

Newark, Wilder

brimstead, Friday, 22 December 2017 18:53 (four months ago) Permalink

Am I imagining that there's a comma there?

brimstead, Friday, 22 December 2017 18:54 (four months ago) Permalink

Fillmore jive

infinity (∞), Friday, 22 December 2017 18:55 (four months ago) Permalink

Shoot the Singer (1 Sick Verse)

devvvine, Friday, 22 December 2017 18:56 (four months ago) Permalink

'Fillmore Jive' would be my second pick.

pomenitul, Friday, 22 December 2017 19:18 (four months ago) Permalink

Gold Soundz

or

Give It a Day

Here comes the phantom menace (ledge), Friday, 22 December 2017 19:24 (four months ago) Permalink

the way SM sings "and in the parking lot is the sedan he bought he never, he never complains when it's hot" in 'grounded' is so brilliant- the emphasis he puts on "is the sedan he bought he never" is really unusual & sounds like he's saying "anybody" or something else... i love songs where the sound of the words is more important or have more impact than the words themselves. or they create a new sound, sounds like made up words. i don't know, it's hard to describe, similar thing happens in the chorus of 'another nail in my heart' by squeeze, most nirvana songs...

flappy bird, Friday, 22 December 2017 19:26 (four months ago) Permalink

Gold soundzzz wld be my second pick

infinity (∞), Friday, 22 December 2017 19:29 (four months ago) Permalink

grounded has a slight element of socio-political commentary and i think of pavement as pretty apolitical, gold sounds is more pavement-y to me

global tetrahedron, Friday, 22 December 2017 19:35 (four months ago) Permalink

fillmore jive

porg and bess (voodoo chili), Friday, 22 December 2017 19:37 (four months ago) Permalink

^^^

mookieproof, Friday, 22 December 2017 19:39 (four months ago) Permalink

xxp hmm you could say the same about two states, conduit for sale, give it a day, stop breathin, pueblo...

Here comes the phantom menace (ledge), Friday, 22 December 2017 19:41 (four months ago) Permalink

Impossible but today it's "Silence Kit" for me.

Guayaquil (eephus!), Friday, 22 December 2017 19:42 (four months ago) Permalink

Greenlander. Alt: Shady Lane.

J. Sam, Friday, 22 December 2017 19:48 (four months ago) Permalink

Summer babe

calstars, Friday, 22 December 2017 20:08 (four months ago) Permalink

Stereo

Marty8501 (Marty Innerlogic), Friday, 22 December 2017 20:58 (four months ago) Permalink

Get out those hard-hats
And sing us some skat
Blade gushers gush
Chained and perfumed
I don't need a minister to call me a groom

morning wood truancy (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Friday, 22 December 2017 20:58 (four months ago) Permalink

Grounded. It's a small masterpiece.

nostormo, Friday, 22 December 2017 21:05 (four months ago) Permalink

Never really saw why Grounded is so well liked.

My default is Give It A Day

FREEZE! FYI! (dog latin), Friday, 22 December 2017 21:29 (four months ago) Permalink

I like Grounded a lot, but not my fave.

If I were allowed a POT, it would be Box Elder and Trigger Cut.

But as I'm not, Box Elder I think.

Colonel Poo, Friday, 22 December 2017 21:39 (four months ago) Permalink

Grounded

♫ very clever with maracas.jpg ♫ (Le Bateau Ivre), Friday, 22 December 2017 21:57 (four months ago) Permalink

unfair

reggie (qualmsley), Friday, 22 December 2017 22:16 (four months ago) Permalink

too hard to pick one but Pueblo > Half a Canyon is just the best shit ever

constitutional crises they fly at u face (will), Friday, 22 December 2017 22:21 (four months ago) Permalink

Summer Babe

kornrulez6969, Friday, 22 December 2017 22:24 (four months ago) Permalink

"Circa 1762" that was on the Slanted & Enchanted reissue, I guess it was never recorded other than a Peel Session?

louise ck (milo z), Friday, 22 December 2017 22:27 (four months ago) Permalink

Fight this Generation has everything.

kraudive, Friday, 22 December 2017 22:42 (four months ago) Permalink

i am in fact leavin' (work) for the holiday season

but i always complain when it's hot

mookieproof, Friday, 22 December 2017 22:49 (four months ago) Permalink

this could be pavement heresy but i really like 'speak, see remember'

global tetrahedron, Friday, 22 December 2017 23:12 (four months ago) Permalink

i think the only heresy is picking a spiral song

mookieproof, Friday, 22 December 2017 23:16 (four months ago) Permalink

I always liked Kennel District

Marty8501 (Marty Innerlogic), Saturday, 23 December 2017 16:19 (three months ago) Permalink

impossible to choose

pueblo vs we dance vs here vs all of watery, domestic vs

k3vin k., Saturday, 23 December 2017 17:01 (three months ago) Permalink

Didnt mtv in the 90s play hit the plane down for one of their show’s outros? Never watched mtv tho so i have no way to confirm

infinity (∞), Saturday, 23 December 2017 17:10 (three months ago) Permalink

I usually think people who pick obscure and/or early songs in these circumstances are try-hard bellends but, fuck it: 'Frontwards' ;-)

Steve Reich In The Afternoon (Against The 80s), Saturday, 23 December 2017 17:35 (three months ago) Permalink

Friends lifted Rattled by the Rush in those early seasons. I imagine if the band had done something about that they’d have made a fortune in royalties

Evan R, Saturday, 23 December 2017 17:40 (three months ago) Permalink

Xp

Rly good track

infinity (∞), Saturday, 23 December 2017 17:41 (three months ago) Permalink

I'd like to check out your public protests

droit au butt (Euler), Saturday, 23 December 2017 17:52 (three months ago) Permalink

Lifted? Bit of a reach, really?

kraudive, Saturday, 23 December 2017 17:56 (three months ago) Permalink

I know it sounds similar but

kraudive, Saturday, 23 December 2017 17:56 (three months ago) Permalink

It’s a pretty blatant rip. Not “hey they kinda sound similar” but “hey this music wouldn’t exist if they hadn’t copied it from the source”

Evan R, Saturday, 23 December 2017 18:02 (three months ago) Permalink

I just always assumed it was a coincidence

kraudive, Saturday, 23 December 2017 18:21 (three months ago) Permalink

there is no way this is a coincidence, and "lifted" is definitely not a reach:

This transition in friends sounds exactly rattled by the rush by pavement pic.twitter.com/wtFZwP6Phe

— gleemer (@GleemerBand) November 13, 2015

alpine static, Sunday, 24 December 2017 04:16 (three months ago) Permalink

Just heard their "killing moon" cover for the first time yesterday. God I love Pavement.

brimstead, Monday, 25 December 2017 19:39 (three months ago) Permalink

yeah that's legit one of my 5 favorite pavement songs, so good

k3vin k., Monday, 25 December 2017 19:46 (three months ago) Permalink

no soap in the jar

mookieproof, Monday, 25 December 2017 20:54 (three months ago) Permalink

the reference to "playing contract bridge" in Grounded seems like the most Pavement thing

Joan Digimon (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Monday, 25 December 2017 23:14 (three months ago) Permalink

i love the drumming on grounded

it seems very simple -- i don't really know anything about drumming -- but appropriate in a ringo way

mookieproof, Thursday, 28 December 2017 03:45 (three months ago) Permalink

“Shoot the Singer,” but these are all good choices. I miss Pavement.

horseshoe, Thursday, 28 December 2017 07:08 (three months ago) Permalink

this is such a beautiful performance

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7_i4C8axWBs

flappy bird, Wednesday, 3 January 2018 06:58 (three months ago) Permalink

really thrilling and moving

flappy bird, Wednesday, 3 January 2018 06:58 (three months ago) Permalink


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