If you have not read Chuck Klosterman…do so now!
In this article for GQ magazine, he interviews Stephen Malkmus of Pavement. It’s supposed to be an interview about the upcoming reunion tour, but it’s really not.
“I used to drunkenly yell on a record. I wouldn’t do that again. I played some Pavement songs when I was in Holland, and when I got to the part at the end of ‘Range Life’ [which mocks the Smashing Pumpkins and Stone Temple Pilots], I just didn’t feel like singing those words. It seems so dated now. At the time, it was an attempt to be topical, kind of like an ironic rap song and a way to make fun of the whole indie ‘We’re cool, you’re not cool’ thing. But I probably wouldn’t do that now.””
“Sometimes he’s amazingly straightforward, like when I ask if he thinks Pavement could have been bigger if that had been what they wanted. This was always the core criticism of the Pavement posture—some may remember an especially insightful episode of Beavis & Butt-head wherein Beavis watches the “Cut Your Hair” video and implores the band to “try harder, dammit!” But they never did.”