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Pavement Biography

The Alternative-Rock Indie-Rock outfit Pavement were formed in 1989 in Stockton, California USA, by two long-time friends singer+guitarist & songwriter Stephen Malkmus and guitarist+vocalist Scott Kannberg.

They soon released their 7" debut entitled "Slay Tracks", followed a year by an EP, "Demolition Plot J-7" and 1991's "Perfect Sound Forever"; the pair toured throughout the East Coast and in the process, extended the line-up to include percussionist Gary Young who became notorious for performing countless handstands on stage, bassist Mark Ibold and a second drummer, Bob Nastanovich.
The band, then recorded its debut full-length album, "Slanted And Enchanted", which was finally issued in May 1992 on Matador Records.
During 1993 Young was replaced by Steve West and a compilation of the group's early EPs singles, "Westing (By Musket And Sextant)", was released on the Drag City label.
The following year Pavement delivered their breakthrough album, "Crooked Rain Crooked Rain", it debuted at #2 on The Billboard Top Heatseekers list and reached the #121 on the Official Top 200 Pop chart while the main single, "Cut Your Hair", became their first-ever Modern Rock chart entry at #10; the second single off of the CD, "Gold Soundz", missed the charts entirely.
In the spring of 1995 the band released its third full-length album, "Wowee Zowee!", that established Pavement as Lo-Fi college-Rock force; the record failed to break into mainstream audiences and stalled at #117 on The Billboard Top 200 chart; both the singles taken from this album, "Rattled By The Rush" and "Father To A Sister Of Thought", never hit the charts.
They returned in February 1997, with "Brighten The Corners", it peaked at #70 on The Billboard Top 200 becoming their highest-charting albums; meanwhile the two founder members went on to pursue individual projects.
Two years later Pavement got back together to record their fifth album, "Terror Twilight", which was released in June 1999 and reached the #95 slot in U.S. Top 200.

After the band was put on indefinite hiatus, Steve Malkmus began the inevitable solo career and Scott Kannberg formed a new band bringing in Gary Young.
Pavement's breakup was finally confirmed in late 2000.


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