Song of the Day #2,625: ‘Here’ – Pavement

pavement_slanted_enchantedAnother celebrated 1992 debut album, Pavement’s Slanted and Enchanted is considered one of the most influential alternative rock records of the decade.

I actually own this album — having downloaded it for free somewhere along the way — but I’ve never played it. I’ve always had a bit of a struggle getting into early alt-rockers. R.E.M. is the notable exception.

Bands such as Superchunk, Neutral Milk Hotel, Yo La Tengo, Pixies, Dinosaur Jr… I recognize the names but can’t name a single song. And when I hear them, it’s usually with the same half-hearted shrug.

That’s the reaction I’m having to this Pavement track as well, though I suppose I should give the album a listen someday just to be sure.

[Verse 1/PreChorus]
I was dressed for success
But success it never comes
And I’m the only one who laughs
At your jokes when they are so bad
And your jokes are always bad
But they’re not as bad as this
Come join us in a prayer
We’ll be waiting, waiting where
Everything’s ending here

[Chorus 1]
And all the sterile striking it defends an empty dock you cast away
And rain upon your forehead where the mist’s for hire if it’s
Just too clear
Let’s spend our last quarter stance randomly
Go down to the outlet once again

[Verse 2/PreChorus]
Painted portraits of minions and slaves
Crotch-mavens and one-night plays
And I’m the only one who laughs
At your jokes when they are so bad
And your jokes are always bad
But they’re not as bad as this
Come join us in a prayer
We’ll be waiting, waiting where
Everything’s ending here

[Chorus 2]
And all the Spanish candles they sold away have gone to this
And a run-on piece of mountain travels, shivers, runs, down the freeway
I guess she spent her last quarter randomly
We guess a guess is the best I’ll do, I’ll do
Last time, last time is the best time

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One thought on “Song of the Day #2,625: ‘Here’ – Pavement

  1. Dana says:

    I too have heard of Pavement, but don’t know their work. This track is rather boring and dull. I think when you name your band Pavement, you might want to make your songs more interesting than pavement.

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