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Spit On A Stranger (Ep) (1+ Tr Maxi
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Top Customer Reviews
But the four bonus tracks are why you really bought it. And two are wonderful: "Harness Your Hopes" is a laugh-a-line rocker with some of S.M.'s funniest stream-of-consciousness lyrics, including the priceless couplet: "Show me a word that rhymes with Pavement/And I won't kill your parents/And roast them on a spit." Then there's "Roll With The Wind," which is about as close to boogie as Pavement will ever (I hope) get--but it's great nonetheless. This song is proof that Malkmus is willfully obscure on purpose and could be a big star if he wanted to...no "classic rocker" on earth would find this catchy, guitar-solo rich rocker objectionable. He or she would be digging the music too much to even catch the quirky lyrics. Interestingly, these two songs are *not* outtakes from the new album, but actually date back to the "Brighten the Corners" sessions in 1996.
The last two tracks are less thrilling (the title "The Porpoise and the Hand Grenade" is the best thing about that song); both sound like demos, and may in fact be S.M. solo rather than the whole group--the acoustic guitars, cutesy keyboard sounds, and light drums don't sound much like Pavement. It would be interesting to hear them performed by the group live, but otherwise they're just minor tracks.
Not an absolute must-have, but fans should pick up this extended single.
The first track is clearly from "Terror Twilight" so it brings that vibe to the table. "Harness Your Hopes" is a fun rockin' track among Pave's best that you could find on "Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain", or "Brighten the Corners", and recorded around the same time as BTC. "Roll With the Wind" actually sounds like it could have been off the Preston School of Industry (Spiral Stairs's post-Pave project), although it is probably better than anything that actually was done by PSOI. The last two tracks were from another session, that Malkmus produced himself and this sounds entirely like the Stephem Malkmus solo stuff. "The Porpoise and the Hand Grenade" especially, which is very good.
Good stuff. Find it. Trust me, it can be done.
in this late century." I actually saw a man walking yesterday
decked in a blue leisure suit. It was not cool. "Harness Your Hopes" =
rad! Oh...and this line: "many of the men who get lost around
the bend; solitary rejects with the need to spawn..." is pretty
dang funny and rings true, sadly. That one's from "Roll With The
Wind." Now of course, I like listening to the full-length more often,
but ANY p a v e m e n t (CD) is good pavement, and worth walkin' on. This EP is
not just for completists...it's just an added bonus to their huge list
of amazingly fabulous poetry. I just love these guys. They're smart and their
music's life reassuring.
Most recent customer reviews
"Harness Your Hopes" is a must-have, probably the best thing from Pavement's twilight age. Read morePublished on Jan. 10 2001 by Len V
Yes. Harness your hopes is the "no tan lines" for this album's single collection. Yes. All the songs are good even if you already own the first one from the album. Yes.Published on Oct. 13 2000
The first two songs after Spit On a Stranger are excellent, while the last two are good. Worth buying.Published on July 13 1999