Pavement were three friends from California: laconic singer Stephen Malkmus, guitarist Scott Kannberg, and unruly hippie drummer Gary Young, who would hand out free cabbages at gigs before being fired from the band a year later.
The band had built up a hipster mystique through their singles, but they caught a post-grunge tailwind with their debut LP, Slanted and Enchanted (1992), to become the decade’s paradigmatic college rock band.
Slanted – recorded in seven days in Young’s garage studio for just $800 – triumphed through a slackly chaotic pop sensibility and Stephen Malkmus’ lyrics, which could break your heart without giving you the faintest idea what they were about.
Stephen Malkmus (SM)
Scott Kannberg (Spiral Stairs)