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Major Leagues

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1. Major Leagues (Edit)
2. Your Time To Change
3. Stub Your Toe
4. Major Leagues (Demo Version)
5. Decouvert De Soleil
6. The Killing Moon
7. The Classical

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2.0 out of 5 stars Send 'em back to the minors Oct. 25 1999
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
This EP isn't the work of a band ready to star in the major leagues--it's more like a fading, tired veteran about to be sent back to the minors.
Leading off is a shortened single version of "Major Leagues" from "Terror Twilight," which is a decent song (although the the tamest thing on the album) that loses something in the editing. And, let's admit it--the inevitable Steve Malkmus solo career will be full of stuff like this.
But fans buy Pavement EPs for the bonus tracks and oddities. And this one has plenty of 'em.
So who steps up to bat next? It's Scott (Spiral Stairs) Kannberg: "Your Time To Change" and "Stub Your Toe" are songs that obviously are not the work of Pavement the band. In fact, they seem to be Scott alone backed by former Pavement drummer Gary Young, whose loud, busy playing might warm the hearts of "Slanted and Enchanted" nostalgists. Scott's songs are at best forgettable, although they might have been helped by full band arrangements.
Next up, we have two demos by Malkmus (again, not Pavement the band): "Major Leagues" and the inexplicable "Decouvert de Soleil." The former is sluggish and dreadful, full of the cutesy synthesizer noises that he seems so fond of. The latter is mostly in French, and is interesting primarily for his use of the "MF" word at the end. File both of these under: "play only once."
After Malkmus strikes out twice, up steps two live tracks--Pavement the band (!) performing at a pair of BBC sessions from 1997: covers of Echo and the Bunnymen's "The Killing Moon" and "The Classical" by the Fall.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Single Plus Filler and Killer Remake Aug. 19 2000
By WrtnWrd
Format:Audio CD
Major Leagues is an EP to be filed under single plus filler. Both the single edit and the demo version of "Major Leagues" from Pavement's Terror Twilight are worth owning (the single mix is cleaner than the CD version; the demo demonstrates a good song in its simplest form). The unreleased tracks are defiant B-sides (the French-speaking "Decouvert de Soleil" is a hoot). The best reason to own this single plus filler are the remakes. Pavement, no slouches in the innovation department, prove that The Fall are virtually uncoverable - the cadences of "The Classical" were written to spec for Mark E. Smith's delivery. It's a lesson in stubborn wrongheadedness. But their cover of Echo and the Bunnymen's "The Killing Moon" is inspired. Pavement invests the hyper-romanticism of the song with their ironic distance; the tug of war between the two fascinates, with romance trumping irony in the final round. The struggle is thrilling.
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4.0 out of 5 stars There's always room for Jello and Pavement Oct. 14 2000
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Hypothetical political lyrical miracle whip. Ah, Humpty, where have you gone? If you are a fan of Pavement you must own this album or turn in your fan club card. This is about as un-Pavement as they get. One song is in french which I don't speak. It doesn't matter anyways because I usually don't get what they're trying to say when they speak in english. However I know how I feel when I listen to their music. -Is there anywhere in the US where signs are in English and French? I think not.- So get this single or else you are forever cursed to be a poser when you enter a pavement chat room (are there any?) and someone talks about abstract expressionism in "Decouvert De Soleil." Is there any? I don't know it's in FRENCH. French is for fashion and hockey, right? I am for Pavement.
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4.0 out of 5 stars a great little ep, though not therir best March 20 2000
By elissa
Format:Audio CD
If you're into Pavement and want to start collecting singles, start with Spit on a Stranger, Pacific trim, and Shady Lane. Those are easily the best. However, if you have all those,Major Leagues is a great addition. Your time to Change and Stub Your Toe are excellent Scott songs recorded with original drummer Gary Young. Decouvert de Solei is a catchy little demo, half of which is sung in french, and it's great. Has kinda a surf sounding guitar and more upbeat than Terror twilight's stuff. The major Leagues demo made me actually like that song more. The two covers at the end are not quite as good as original Pavement songs, but they aren't bad.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Arble Garble! Nov. 3 1999
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Here is how Terror Twilight could have been a better album:
1. Replace Major Leagues with the demo version on this EP
2. Add in the two excellent Spiral songs on thheis EP that were desperately missing from TT.
3. Add Decouvert de Soliel from this EP to off-set the mellow tone of the rest of the album with a bit of classic pavement silliness.
Killing Moon and The Classical are great, but most Pavement fans have heard them and they feel a little tacked-on; they don't really fit in with the new material here. Yet another woderful Pavement EP.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Not my favorite - but still Pavement Aug. 7 2002
Format:Audio CD
A decent EP from the last album from 90s supergroup Pavement. It was nice to see Gary Young show up for what was the group's sad swan song - and this EP leaves a bittersweet taste in my mouth. Highlights are Stub your Toe and Malkamus crooning in the cover of Echo & the Bunnymen's Killing Moon (also featured on the first Matador anniversary comp.) I could have done without the Casio inspired version of Major Leagues - even with the "You Kiss Like a Rock/ But You know I need it anyway". In all a good ep - so sad it was their last.
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