Frank Johnston

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The good part is that Pavement made them practically box sets at a super affordable price. By then, I think SM knew no one was going to buy his music at full price anyhow, so he might as well adopt a kind of “very affordable boutique” pricing model and try to pay off as much of the debt that he still at least nominally must owe to Capitol.

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April 23, 2012 on Slanted And Enchanted Turns 20

My grandpa LOVES that show! Do you watch it with yours, too?

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April 23, 2012 on Slanted And Enchanted Turns 20

Wow, someone who actually knows 90s rock. Seems fitting that today’s kids and their parents- who liked a little Top 40 Alternative sprinkled in with their Aerosmith- should thumb bomb you. Go away, weirdo! ;-)

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April 23, 2012 on Slanted And Enchanted Turns 20

Oh yeah, is that where that tremendous RHCP song where the chorus is “Music is my aeroplane”comes from? I remember that song being all OVER the radio! Is the whole album that good?

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April 23, 2012 on Slanted And Enchanted Turns 20

In the end, Beavis and Butthead probably were dead on when they pointed out on multiple occasions just how God awful Pavement were. I still love the group and their music but Mike Judge is usually correct when it’s clear he’s not ironic. Certainly B&B’s love of 70s disco- the best of which is much better music than Pavement’s- was sincere, so I tend to think Judge wasn’t picking on Pavement to show up the intelligence of his characters. I wonder if Judge WAS mocking the intelligence of a certain segment of B&B;s 90s audience, though… ;-)

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April 23, 2012 on Slanted And Enchanted Turns 20

The Cure? Is this a thread polling people who spent their teen years in residential psychiatric programs?

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April 23, 2012 on Slanted And Enchanted Turns 20

Good choice though you have to labor to fit two of the groups into more their “decades of origin” than I’d like to see, e.g., Talking Heads did most of their major work (and were doing new things each album, etc.) in the 1980s, while SY was still innovating and stomping the shit out of most the 90 groups mentioned in this thread (“Your table is ready, Mister RadioSpud”). In the case of Pavement, if they were the best the 90s had, you have to go back to the 60s, toss the tired ol’ VU, and go with some more obscure crank like Captain Beefheart. ;-) Seriously, though, excellent choices as long as the topic is only “White male rock.”

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April 23, 2012 on Slanted And Enchanted Turns 20

It must be true because I read it on AOL.

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April 23, 2012 on Slanted And Enchanted Turns 20

So no hard punk? No Sleater-Kinney? No L7? No Fugazi? (We won’t even get into the art-punk and non-radio alternative you’ve probably never heard.) Lots of Pink Floyd derived crap? (RadioSpud, Jeff “Good Career Move” Buckley, the swirliing psych guitars and “gee, we just lost all our royalties to our only known song” music of The Verve?) The salvia smoking Class of ’09 knows how to BRING IT! ;-)

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April 23, 2012 on Slanted And Enchanted Turns 20

A truly great album, though SM’s preciousness really undercuts remembering the songs without hearing them. You’d have to be a real dipshit to ever know one Pavement song from the other based solely on the song title.
Then there are the really great songs they had, like “Zurich is Stained” and “Range Life”. I wonder why Steve didn’t stay true to his character and call them “Extraordinary Twisting Booger Eating Jam Number Thirty-One” and “Skate Punks Drool, RazzMaTazz Rool, Suck Up Their Slobber Now, You Mofo!” He really missed the boat with those two, imo.

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April 23, 2012 on Slanted And Enchanted Turns 20