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Pavement were a CultClassic indie rock band from Stockton, California, initially active between 1989 and 1999. They were known as the figureheads of the indie rock movement in the USA during the 1990's and one of the {{Trope Maker}}s for the lo-fi genre alongside Music/GuidedByVoices and Music/{{Sebadoh}}. The band was one of the first indie rock bands to gain moderate success on AlternativeRock radio with their sole big hit "Cut Your Hair" in 1994.

Its members were:
* Stephen Malkmus ("SM") - guitar, [[PerishingAltRockvoice vocals]]
* Scott Kannberg ("Spiral Stairs") - guitar, vocals
* Bob Nastanovich - percussion, backing vocals, multiple instruments (1993-1999)
* Mark Ibold - bass (1992-1999)
* Gary Young - drums (1989-1993)
* Steve West - drums (1993-1999)

First formed as a studio project for Malkmus and Kannberg, Pavement became a full-fledged band around 1992. While their initial material was marked by low recording quality and NoisePop and PostPunk influences (especially from Music/TheFall), the band became more accessible, at least sonically, starting in TheNineties - their albums ''Slanted and Enchanted'' and ''Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain'' established them as indie rock heroes and brought them a degree of popularity. They moved away from outright indie into NeoclassicalPunkZydecoRockabilly territory starting with ''Wowee Zowee'' (a change Malkmus attributed to excessive marijuana smoking), without losing their trademark messiness, while their last two albums are noticeably mellower and spacier (''Terror Twilight'' verging on the ''[[Music/{{Radiohead}} OK Computer]]''ish at times due to being produced by Nigel Godrich).

Pavement broke up in 1999 due to intra-band conflict (especially between the others and Malkmus), and reunited pretty epically in 2010. However, Malkmus has said that no further tours are planned, and Nastanovich ruled out the possibility of new material.

They guest-starred in the ''SpaceGhostCoastToCoast'' episode "Pavement", where they were misidentified as "Music/TheBeatles" and played a noisy cover of the show's theme song while Space Ghost attempted to interview another guest.

Discography:
* ''Slay Tracks (1933-1969)'' EP (1989)
* ''Demolition Plot J-7'' EP (1990)
* ''[[SarcasmMode Perfect Sound Forever]]'' EP (1991)
* ''Slanted and Enchanted'' (1992)
* ''Watery, Domestic'' EP (1992)
* ''Westing (By Musket and Sextant)'' (1993) - compilation featuring their first three [=EPs=], some B-sides and compilation tracks
* ''Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain'' (1994)
* ''Wowee Zowee'' (1995)
* ''Pacific Trim'' EP (1996)
* ''Brighten the Corners'' (1997)
* ''Terror Twilight'' (1999)
* ''Major Leagues'' EP (1999)
* ''Quarantine the Past: The Best of Pavement'' (2010)

!Tropes represented by Pavement:

* AffectionateParody: It's generally accepted that "Flux = Rad" is a tribute to Music/{{Nirvana}}, considering the quiet verse, loud chorus nature and the BrokenRecord nature of the chorus.
* TheAlcoholic: Gary Young was kicked out of the band because of his drunken antics (doing hand-stands, failing to stay on his stool during live performances, running around the stage while the band played, handing out cabbage and potatoes to fans).
* AuthorAppeal: Stephen Malkmus was a history major in college, which explains "Conduit for Sale!" and the other historical references in their songs from time to time.
* CarefulWithThatAxe: According to the liner notes of the ''Sordid Sentinels Edition'' of ''Wowee Zowee'', the reason Stephen Malkmus screamed "My God, I can't believe I'm still going" in "Half A Canyon" was out of genuine disbelief; he recalled feeling lightheaded recording the track and thinking he was going to faint or at least lose his voice after all the screaming.
** Also occurs in "Cut Your Hair": "Advertising looks and chops a must / No '''''BIG HAIR!!!'''''"
* CoolOldGuy: Gary Young. He was a former hippie who owned a home studio where the band recorded, and joined after hearing the first demos (and was quoted as saying, "This Malkmus idiot's a complete songwriting genius!").
* DreadfulMusician: Nastanovich was said to have been hired as percussionist because Young's drumming on ''Slanted'' was too shaky.
** Stephen Malkmus once said he thinks anyone can be a singer if ''[[SelfDeprecation he]]'' [[SelfDeprecation can make a career out of it]], since he's not exactly known for having the most tuneful voice.
* GreatestHitsAlbum: ''Quarantine the Past: The Best of Pavement'', released in 2010 to coincide with their reunion.
* IncrediblyLamePun: ''Summer Babe (Winter Version)''. Fans agree that this pun was awesome.
* IndecipherableLyrics: Stephen Malkmus has gone on record to say not even he knows what he's yelling about in the studio version of "Best Friend's Arm." Most lyric sites replace a majority of the lyrics with question marks.
* LongSongShortScene: "Nothing Ever Happens" was left off ''Slanted And Enchanted'', but the song's riff became a 30 second instrumental postscript to "Trigger Cut / Wounded At :17". The full two and a half minute song, with vocals by Spiral Stairs, finally saw release on ''Slanted & Enchanted: Luxe And Reduxe'', ten years after the release of the original album.
* NeoclassicalPunkZydecoRockabilly
* NewSoundAlbum: ''Brighten the Corners''
** Arguably, each of their albums starting with ''Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain'' is this when compared to the album before it. ''Wowee Zowee'' is one of the more infamous examples due to its experimental nature. Though Pavement's GreatestHitsAlbum, ''Quarantine the Past'', contains rarities such as "The Unseen Power of the Picket Fence" and much more than just the "hits," it still only contains TWO tracks from ''Wowee Zowee'' (the same amount of tracks that are pulled from an early EP), neither of which were released as singles.
* TheNineties
* NonAppearingTitle: Roughly half their songs.
* PerishingAltRockVoice
* RefugeInAudacity: ''Wowee Zowee'' was originally going to be titled ''Dick-Sucking Fool At Pussy-Licking School,'' before the band decided it was too risque.
* RougeAnglesOfSatin: A graphic mistake on the back cover of ''Crooked Rain'' led to a lot of people thinking the song "Silence Kid" was named "Silence Kit".
* ShoutOut: ''Wowee Zowee'' is named after an early Music/FrankZappa song ("Wowie Zowie") and its cover art is reminiscent of ''[[http://image.allmusic.com/00/amg/cov200/drm400/m425/m42564cf3zd.jpg Känguru]]'' by the {{Krautrock}} band Guru Guru. The back cover showing a wizard with the speech bubble [[GratuitousGerman "Pavement Ist Rad!"]] is probably an additional nod to the origin of the cover.
** From "Stereo":
-->"What about the voice of [[Music/{{Rush}} Geddy Lee]]\\
How did it get so high?\\
I wonder if he speaks like an ordinary guy?\\
(I know him and he does)\\
And you're my fact-checkin' cuzz"
** Most of "Unseen Power of the Picket Fence" is Stephen Malkmus gushing about Music/{{REM}}
** Their CoverVersion of "The Killing Moon" by Echo And The Bunnymen throws in lyrics from "Thorn Of Crowns" and "Yo Yo Man", two other Echo And The Bunnymen songs from their album ''Ocean Rain'': C-c-c-cucumber, c-c-c-cauliflower, c-c-c-cabbage / He's the yo-yo man, always up and down".
* StepUpToTheMicrophone[=/=]VocalTagTeam: Scott Kannberg's turns at lead vocals fall somewhere between the two: He sings one or two songs on nearly every full length album except for ''Terror Twilight'', but Stephen Malkmus still definitely has the majority of vocals. In addition, "Painted Soldiers" is the only Kannberg-sung track to have a music video, and even then it wasn't officially a single.
* SurprisinglyGentleSong: "Spit on a Stranger," "Box Elder," and "Here."
* [[TropeMakers Trope Maker]]: For the genre known as lo-fi, along with Guided by Voices. By the time of their first album however, they stopped completely relying on lo-fi recording equipment.
** By extension they're also the TropeCodifier for the general sound of Indie Rock as a whole during the genre's formative years of the early and mid 90's.
* VisualPun: At one point in the "Cut Your Hair" video, Mark Ibold coughs up a live cat and gives it away to the barber he was about to get a haircut from. This is a reference to his involvement with the band Free Kitten.
* XtremeKoolLetterz: "Gold Soundz"
* [[http://goo.gl/axwtmN What Do You Mean, It Wasn't Made on Drugs?]]: Inverted. Post ''Crooked Rain'' works were very weed inspired.
* WordSaladLyrics: Oh dear god, "Conduit for Sale!"
-->Unable to bear the scandal, Ray, philanthropist
-->Rents low-down scab house in conduit
-->Herr Proctor offers said land for a song
-->But no one wants to sing
-->In an attempt to retain social privileges
-->Yet mask it as goodwill
-->He says to the conduit members,
-->"Take this rotten old tree and make it bear fruit."
-->Cheers erupted throughout the thin settlement
** Some people seem to believe it's about the fall of the House of Savoy in Turin.
** Many of their lyrics are presented in such a fashion it's difficult to discern what they're about. For example, on songmeanings.com, the comments section of "Carrot Rope" debates whether the song is about religion, sexual molestation, cricket, a stream of consciousness where every other line is a non sequitur, or something else entirely.
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