Though only briefly brushing the mainstream with the single "Cut Your Hair" in 1994, Pavement was a successful indie rock band. Rather than signing with a major label as many of their 1980s forebears had done, they remained signed to independent labels throughout their career and have often been described as one of the most influential bands to emerge from the American underground in the '90s. Some prominent music critics, such as Robert Christgau and Stephen Thomas Erlewine, went so far as to call them the best band of the 1990s. In their career, they also achieved a significant cult following.
Pavement was an American indie rock band in the 1990s.
Although they experienced only moderate commercial success, they achieved a significant cult following and were one of the more popular and influential lo-fi rock bands of the 1990s.
The group remained signed to an independent label throughout their entire career.
Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain was released in 1994. The record was more indebted to the classic rock tradition than their debut. The single "Cut Your Hair" was the band's closest brush with the mainstream, and briefly enjoyed airplay on alternative rock radio and MTV. Pavement performed the song on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.
There is frequent speculation about the possibility of a Pavement reunion. In a 2006 Pitchfork interview, Scott Kannberg discussed the possibility of a reunion for the band's 20th anniversary in 2009.
Cut Your Hair
Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain
Darlin' don't you go and cut your hair
Do you think it's gonna make him change?
"I'm just a boy with a new haircut"
And that's a pretty nice haircut
Charge it like a puzzlethoughts are like a puzzle
Hit men wearing muzzlesHidden and wearin' muzzles
Hesitate you die
Look around, around
The second drummer drowned
His telephone was found
Music scene's crazy
Bands start up each and every day
(cool guitar sound here)
I saw another one just the other day
A special new band
I remember lying
I don't remember a line
I don't remember a word
But I don't care , I care, I really don't care
Did you see the drummer's hair?
Advertising looks and chops a must
No big hair!
Songs mean a lot when songs are bought
And so are you
Face right down to the practice room
Attention and fame's a career
Korea, chorea, career