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Concrete brilliance or a band unfit to kiss my shoes?
I'm going to go for.. who cares?
I had kind of forgot they existed when I left school until the DiS boards started shouting about them. They are alright I guess...
and it was alright, struck me as a little pointlessly messy. Not exactly the tightest of bands, but I guess that might be their charm, for some people.
they seem to have spawned alot of really shoddy tweeXcore avrage joes who cant play and like to be wacky, which is kind of annoying but you can't hold it against them I guess.
I kinda enjoyed them when I was a kid but none of it really moves me anymore.
I would say so, but then again I don't know your posting style very well.
usually when people do the whole BIG CAPITAL LETTERS and 'EVAR' instead of 'EVER' they're being ironic. Maybe you love Pavement but you just thought it was best to broadcast it in an ironic way.
Maybe.. I'm thinking far too much into this. Haha :)
Pavement has always had a good sense of irony.
brilliant, i dont rely see whats not too like, pop hooks around brilliant lyrics, and malkmus is one hell of a guitar player
I've got back into them, and particularly Brighten The Corners, on the back of praise from DiS. I'm still not massively fussed on the self-consciously messy stuff (good though CR,CR undoubtedly is), but BTC is wonderful - stately songs built on great ideas and great guitar work.
surely have smoothed over some of the rough edges earlier in their career if they were particularly keen to do so? Certainly by the time they got to their second and third proper albums? I always got the impression that a degree of messyness was consciously incorporated into the band's sound. If I'm wrong, fair enough.
which isn't saying a lot I know but nevertheless, I'm reasonably happy with it.
and lots of people liked it.
Lots of people didn't like it.
I like it.
They'll kick your arse.
At festivals at least. Caught them a couple of times at Reading, and they were shockingly average.
I'm sure they'll be excellent for those reformation shows though. When they happen. Which they will. At some point.
THE LAST GREAT AMERICAN ROCK BAND
and said that the sticker should read instead:
SAID BY SOME TO BE THE LAST GREAT AMERICAN ROCK BAND
What I have written, I have written
when they were good, they were incredibly good. The first half of S&E for example is genius song after genius song, but then it tails off a bit IMO. Never saw them live so can't really comment on that.
i would prefer it if they were a bit more subtle in what they borrowed from the fall.
......Even down to the-uh way-uh Malkmus-uh ends his words-uh...
Well Slanted and Enchanted anyway....
that there is any factionalism about Pavementat all. I am particularly tickled that it reaches the extent that even the naysayers feel they need to rally together, so apparently perverse an opinion it its to hold in 'places' like DiS.
If I am asked to name my favourite band ever, I would usually say Pavement, and have done for years.
Nevertheless, they are the last band I would expect people to be having a Oh-yes-they-did/Oh-no-they-didn't about.
They seemed to strive to be ignored, or at best faintly appreciated by those that did notice them.
They were willful contrarians - and let's face it, there's nothing indie rockers like better than smartasses.
When asked for my favorite band I usually rattle of either Pavement, The Stooges, Radiohead, or lately Animal Collective. Whichever I've listened to most recently. What's great about Pavement if you're feeling good and upbeat, they have catchy upbeat songs (Cut Your Hair). If you feel like dirt, they have songs for that (Here). If you're feeling angry they have songs for that (Here Alternate Mix / Here Peel Session). Basically anytime you have any emotion Pavement has got your back.