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Stockton CA, United States (1989 – 1999, 2010 – 2010)

Pavement are an American band that formed in Stockton, California in 1989. For most of the period to 1999, the band consisted of Stephen Malkmus (vocals, guitar), Scott “Spiral Stairs” Kannberg (guitar, vocals), Mark Ibold (bass), Steve West (drums) and Bob Nastanovich (percussion, vocals). During that period, and since, they have frequently been described as one of the most influential bands to emerge from the American underground of the ’90s. While their split in 1999 was reportedly rather acrimonious, they undertook a well-received reunion tour during 2010.

Pavement formed in Stockton, California, in 1989 as a studio project of guitarists and vocalists Stephen Malkmus and Scott Kannberg, known originally only as “S.M.” and “Spiral Stairs”, respectively. Their debut EPs were extremely lo-fi releases titled Slay Tracks (1933-1969), Demolition Plot J-7, and Perfect Sound Forever. They were recorded at Louder Than You Think, the home studio of infamous Stockton local and former hippie Gary Young. The eccentric and aging hipster also provided drums. Upon first hearing the duo’s songs, Young was quoted as saying, “this Malkmus idiot is a complete songwriting genius”.

Pavement’s most obvious influence during this time was English rock band The Fall, although Kannberg stated in a 1992 interview that he preferred The Replacements to The Fall. The Fall’s primary member, Mark E. Smith, would often angrily claim through the years that Pavement was a “rip-off” of his band and that they didn’t “have an original idea in their heads”. However, some of the other members of The Fall actually enjoyed Pavement.


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  • Nekrovoor

    boring as hell

    22 Feb 1:18pm Reply
  • Wolfgarden

    come back

    19 Feb 1:24am Reply
  • NadiaSchneider

    now i notice how many new bands i heard ripped off their sound to the obvious....

    17 Feb 1:07pm Reply
  • Red_October2

    Моя любовь.

    26 Jan 4:03pm Reply
  • Cheezdude

    I'm not sure why, but these guys have lyrics that resonate me with crazy even though I'm pretty sure most of them don't mean anything at all

    22 Jan 6:43am Reply
  • francisbrands

    worst band uk

    22 Jan 3:18am Reply
  • smokingcinema

    everybody's god everybody's god everybody's god everybody's god

    12 Jan 1:14am Reply
  • leavethecapitol


    9 Jan 8:14pm Reply
  • tobacconist

    so who are these bands that are complete pavement rip-offs??

    5 Jan 3:51pm Reply
  • owlies

    stockton created something good?

    26 Nov 2014 Reply
  • joshuak89

    CONDUIT FOR FUCKING SALE! - live (so damn good)

    29 Oct 2014 Reply
  • ab1el2

    FUCK SONG ¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡ GREAT BAND ¡¡¡¡¡¡¡

    25 Oct 2014 Reply
  • Amrabart

    Pavement made me cut my hair

    22 Oct 2014 Reply
  • LesterKnome

    〜( ̄△ ̄〜)

    18 Oct 2014 Reply
  • AplusR96

    career, career, career…

    6 Oct 2014 Reply
  • Dekkul

    @LCDnewOrder: The Velvet Underground

    2 Sep 2014 Reply
  • Keolia

    Ah yes these guys

    1 Sep 2014 Reply
  • interhole

    pick out some brazilian nuts for your engagement

    11 Aug 2014 Reply
  • uroboric

    cuspir em um estranho

    4 Aug 2014 Reply
  • gonzeaux

    Still waiting on that Terror Twilight deluxe edition. The OCD completionist inside is slowly dying. [2] it is a painful wait. Do we have any concrete info whatsoever regarding it? I haven't seen any and I'm pretty sure they exhausted most of the b-sides/demos from the late 90s on the BTC reissue... so we'll see I guess, I just really want it to happen, Terror Twilight deserves it

    27 Jul 2014 Reply
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