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A best of from one of the very, very best of the 90s is heading our way.

Care to guess what will be on it?

How about a prize if you get it right?


Did you end up entering this? Here was my tracklist:

1. Gold Soundz
2. Trigger Cut/Wounded Kite at :17
3. Rattled by the Rush
4. Debris Slide
5. Summer Babe (Winter Version)
6. Shady Lane
7. Forklift
8. Cut Your Hair
9. Loretta's Scars
10. Grounded
11. Silence Kid
12. Box Elder
13. Stereo
14. Range Life
15. Major Leagues
16. Blue Hawaiian
17. Unseen Power of the Picket Fence (I originally planned to put My First Mine here, thinking that Westing must be the source of the song that first appeared on a compilation, but it wasn't on the list)
18. Stop Breathin'
19. Spit on a Stranger
20. Here
21. Texas Never Whispers
22. Father to a Sister of Thought
23. ...And Carrot Rope

From Rolling Stone, the actual track list.

1. “Gold Soundz” (Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain)
2. “Frontwards” (Slanted & Enchanted)
3. “Mellow Jazz Docent” (Perfect Sound Forever EP)
4. “Stereo” (Brighten the Corners)
5. “In The Mouth A Desert” (Slanted & Enchanted)
6. “Two States” (Slanted & Enchanted)
7. “Cut Your Hair” (Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain)
8. “Shady Lane / J Vs. S” (Brighten the Corners)
9. “Here” (Slanted & Enchanted)
10. “Unfair” (Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain)
11. “Grounded” (Wowee Zowee)
12. “Summer Babe (Winter Version)” (Slanted & Enchanted)
13. “Range Life” (Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain)
14. “Date w/ IKEA” (Brighten the Corners)
15. “Debris Slide” (Perfect Sound Forever EP)
16. “Shoot The Singer (1 Sick Verse)” (Slanted & Enchanted)
17. “Spit On A Stranger” (Terror Twilight)
18. “Heaven Is a Truck” (Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain)
19. “Trigger Cut/Wounded-Kite At :17″ (Slanted & Enchanted)
20. “Embassy Row” (Brighten the Corners)
21. “Box Elder” (Slay Tracks 1933-1969 EP)
22. “Unseen Power Of The Picket Fence” (No Alternative EP)
23. “Fight This Generation” (Wowee Zowee)

Shalom, y'all!

L. Bangs

Ah, cool! Interesting to see what we ended up with. I wondering about how egalitarian I should be with the albums, and ultimately, I think I should've been less so, seeing how many songs we got from Crooked Rain and Slanted, and how underrepresented the less popular Wowee Zowee and especially Terror Twilight are.

Odd that both Wowee Zowee singles - each with at least one music video - were ignored in favor of "Grounded" and "Fight This Generation." Also odd that there are two tracks from Watery, Domestic (and that Rolling Stone mislabeled them). But hey, Pavement has such a great catalog that most best-of tracklists would seem fairly reasonable.

Thanks for telling me about the contest!

My initial reaction is a bit of shock at some missing titles I was fairly certain would be included. Sure, we can cry at AT&T getting looked over, but they nixed Rattled by the Rush? Etc., etc....

I would also think a compilation would be a great chance to highlight more Wowee Zowee songs, especially those singles. Very odd...

Shalom, y'all!

L. Bangs

Ugh! I became very busy and forgot. Just as well, as I'm not sure I could better your list! Great job!

Shalom, y'all!

L. Bangs

Thanks! I really have no idea about the track order, but I was pretty happy with my selections.

As well you should be!

Shalom, y'all!

L. Bangs

I only personally know a few Pavement fans, and I don't think any of them appreciate the song as much as we do!

I would guess that Cut Your Hair, Gold Soundz (which was already revealed), and maybe Range Life have the best chances from that album, but I'm no expert here!

I think the only four gimmes are Gold Soundz (see above), Summer Babe, Cut Your Hair, and Stereo; maybe we can toss in Here, Spit on a Stranger. and Father to a Sister of a Thought. After that, what?

Major Leagues?
Shady Lane?
Rattled by the Rush?
Carrot Rope?
Box Elder?

You gotta believe something from Watery will be on there... Texas Never Whispers?

I really have to think, and knowing how perverse our pals in the band our, they might just go nuts and leave a sure thing off! :)

Shalom, y'all!

L. Bangs

I made a list last night and everything you mentioned was on it, although I'm not sure if "Frontwards" is more likely to represent Watery, Domestic. They mention three pre-Matador tracks so I was scouring Westing, but that might be a tough one to call.

I wonder how egalitarian they're going to be with the albums. Crooked Rain was their best-seller, and Slanted probably their biggest critical success, but I'm not sure if that means those albums will necessarily be better represented. I'm also not sure if Pavement had more control over what ended up on the disc or if Matador executives were mainly behind it. We'd surely get a more predictable selection if the record company had more control.

I'm also not sure if they're judging our entries back on the sequencing, or just on the songs we pick. I have no idea how to go about guessing the sequence.

Anyway, good luck!

I was thinking on this. You think "Elevate Me Later" will make it or is it just you and I who love the song that much?

Whoops! See above; it was meant for right here...

Shalom, y'all!

L. Bangs