To mark the 20th anniversary of their final album, and the prospect of their 2020 reunion, we present a beginner’s guide to American indie legends Pavement.
Now in his fifties, Stephen Malkmus’s appetite for casually experimenting with his mellifluous indie-rock sound is only getting more voracious, as ‘Sparkle Hard’ demonstrates.
Pavement’s 1992 debut album ‘Slanted And Enchanted’ defined and influenced a decade of American indie and underground music.
‘Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain’, the second of Pavement’s five albums, was arguably the high water mark for American indie in the 1990s.
by Ed Biggs The initially unloved Wowee Zowee’s twenty year journey to being considered a masterpiece is a curious thing to consider. Possibly because it had to live up to the astronomical expectations built up by its predecessors Slanted And Enchanted (1992) and Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain (1994), which had seen Pavement hailed in some quarters as the new Nirvana, the next great hope for American alternative rock. Songs like