Monday, January 25, 2010

Pavement's Best-Of Tracklist Announced

Back on Jan. 12 I wrote about 'Quarantine the Past', Pavement's new best-of package due March 9. Matador ran a contest to see who could come closest to naming all 23 tracks. The contest is over, and the winner was announced today. So, finally, we know the tracklist. Is this a good representation of the band's work? And don't forget low-priced vinyl reissues of all five Matador LPs plus the 'Watery, Domestic' EP will also be out March 9.

1. Gold Soundz
2. Frontwards
3. Mellow Jazz Docent
4. Stereo
5. In The Mouth A Desert
6. Two States
7. Cut Your Hair
8. Shady Lane / J Vs. S
9. Here
10. Unfair
11. Grounded
12. Summer Babe (Winter Version)
13. Range Life
14. Date w/ IKEA
15. Debris Slide
16. Shoot The Singer (1 Sick Verse)
17. Spit On A Stranger
18. Heaven Is a Truck
19. Trigger Cut/Wounded-Kite At :17
20. Embassy Row
21. Box Elder
22. Unseen Power Of The Picket Fence
23. Fight This Generation

By my count, here is the breakdown:
'Slanted & Enchanted': five songs
'Wowee Zowee': two songs
'Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain': five songs
'Brighten the Corners': four songs
'Terror Twilight': one song
From EPs: five songs
From various artists compilations: one song

'Slanted & Enchanted' is my favorite Pavement album. So, I'm satisfied. If I was into the band's later stuff, I may be a bit disappointed. The only song I wish had made the cut that has been omitted is 'Major Leagues'. In a perfect world I would choose the demo version that appeared on the EP. Do you have any thoughts on this tracklist?

Pavement - Major Leagues (demo) (mp3)

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