There is no band that I regret missing more than Pavement
The fact that I missed it proves that I don't know very much.
Sometimes I ignore a band because of their name (Death Cab For Cutie).
Sometimes I ignore a band because I think there is too much hype (Nirvana).
I can be prejudiced against entire genres (Country and Rap).
And I don't really listen to the radio very much. So that might explain a little bit
about how I missed them. I remember Alex showed me a video around 2000. They were already broken up by then so it was too late to get excited. I liked it but didn't seek any of it out. Then Senor Rozzi gave me the DVD Slow Century
This was one of those times, and I think that Bekkah is a big proponent of this theory, that I really had to see the band perform to get it. By the end of the DVD I was exstatic. I have almost all of their music now.
The one original thought I can add to the Pavement argument (is there an argument?) is that their music is a little bit like Ornette Coleman's. There is often 2 simultaneous melodies going on. It is joyous , exuberant, slightly detached and intelligent, but with folksy (populist) undertones.
I believe that Malkmus, not Cobain, was the voice of the 90's.Some Of My Favorite Pavement Songs