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Spit On A Stranger (Ep) (1+ Tr Maxi


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Product Details

  • Audio CD (March 3 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Maxi
  • Label: Matador Records
  • ASIN: B00000J84V
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #291,534 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Spit On A Stranger
2. Harness Your Hopes
3. Roll With The Wind
4. The Porpoise And The Hand Grenade
5. Rooftop Gambler

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By A Customer on June 21 1999
Format: Audio CD
You already have "Terror Twilight," right? You may or may not embrace the single "Spit on a Stranger," which despite a little ambiguity (that "bitter stranger" stuff) is about as close as Steve Malkmus has dared get to a song sans irony. In any case, here it is as a single...no different from the album take.
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.
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A requisite for a solid 4 star album is basically 5 must-hear tracks, and all 5 of these tracks are must-hear. The songs on this EP really bring together the feeling of a complete multi-layered album.
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.
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By A Customer on Aug. 19 2002
Format: Audio CD
Pavement had a reputation for being lazy, but I'm not sure if I buy into that; especially seeing as they released so many quality B-sides and showed such dedication to fans. When I first picked up the Spit on A Stranger EP my initial thought was "man, this is better than the album that it's supporting." A little time and a lot of listens changed my mind about Terror Twilight (which is an excellent album) but this is still one of my favorites. Spit on a Stranger was probably Pavement's prettiest single, and it's followed by two excellent numbers which embody the rock-oriented side of Pavement during their final years. The final two tracks are much more experimental; well written songs played like they are demos from a jam session led by a keyboard. Tremendous fun. In short, this consistent EP sums up everything that was great about Pavement; great songs, an experimental ethic and music that really, really rocks.
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"leisure...a leisure suit is nothin', it's nothin to be proud of
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.
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