Pavement :: re-Grounded


Based on their previous release schedule, I would venture to guess that we can expect the next Matador deluxe Pavement reissue sometime within the next 12 – 18 months — up to bat: 1997’s Brighten The Corners. It is around this release that the Pavement ‘extras’ begin to thin out, me thinks, so I imagine an EP or two, from the era, will contribute to rounding out the set. Same goes for the inevitable Terror Twilight reissue (though I wouldn’t toss that Major Leagues EP just yet).

Not that there is a dearth of (now) officially released, formerly rare, Pavement goods presently on the street — not with the previous three albums reissued over the past few years, complete with Peel sessions, demos, live tracks, etc. Yes, the Pavement faithful can most always find some little nugget to analyze and/or geek out about. For me, this latest case, came in the form of the track “Grounded,” first released on the band’s third album, 1995’s Wowee Zowee, and later included, in demo version, on disc two of the Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain reissue, L.A.’s Desert Origins.

Wowee Zowee has long been my go-to Pavement album, so the demos were of particularly interest. While I can’t say I prefer them over the final versions, they do provide an interesting alternate history to the songs. “Grounded” is testament to this, as the demoed version (below) speeds everything up, and in doing so completely changes its feel, therefore sounding more like a CR, CR era b-side.

“we spoke of latent causes, sterile gauzes and the bedside morale. we traipse around the table talking sentences so incomplete… please, plea, boys are dying on these streets…”

Previously: Pavement :: The Unseen Power of the Picket Fence

Pavement :: Grounded
MP3: Pavement :: Grounded (demo)
Amazon: Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain: L.A.’s Desert Origins

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Pavement :: Grounded — Live

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6 thoughts on “Pavement :: re-Grounded

  1. even the most stalwart supporters of pavement often dismiss ‘wowee zowee’…ridiculous… this, on the other hand, is my steady girlfriend of their discography. thanks for the post.

  2. It’s hard not to get superlative talking about this album and this song. You know the little tingly part in the demo version? Dig the “don’t let it” just before the rock-out at the end. I think this is even called “crooked rain version” on a matador comp. Great post.

  3. As a Pavement fan, I will say it’s taken me awhile to really ‘get’ Wowee Zowee, and I still, on the whole, prefer Crooked Rain.. and Brighten the Corners, but it is quite an amazing mess. Undoubtedly some of my very favorite songs come from it: “Grounded,” natch, and “Pueblo” especially.

  4. I love Wowee Zowee. It is my favorite record of pavements and grounded might be my favorite song ever (as pavement are my favorite band)
    I’ve gotta say though, when I saw Pavement Re-Grounded the first thing I thought was ‘thank you so much god, pavement have announced a reunion’
    alas, no new developments have been made on that front.

  5. I think they rock like a squid on rollaskates hehehe lol
    I’ve got one holy life to live.
    I’ve got one holy life to give”

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