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82. Pavement
As the leaders of the Lo-Fi movement in the 1990’s, Pavement developed a sizable cult following and were consistently among the top of critic’s “best of” lists during that decade. They have been called the definition of Independent Rock in the 90’s and it is easy to understand why when listening to their music. Their cryptic lyrics, penchant for feedback made them superstars in the critical music world; though not in the commercial world. Their high level of respect might be enough to counter their lack of sales (see the Velvet Underground) and a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction is possible.


Should Pavement be in the Hall of Fame?

Definitely put them in! - 67.4%
Maybe, but others deserve it first. - 10.9%
Probably not, but it wouldn't be the end of the world. - 10.9%
No opinion. - 4.3%
No way! - 6.5%

The Bullet Points

  • Previous Rank: 2014: #79
    2015: #76
    2016: #71
  • Eligible Since: Wednesday, 01 January 2014
  • Country of Origin: U.S.A. (Stockton, CA)
  • Why they will get in: They were unique and the critics loved them.
  • Why they won't get in: They did not have that much commercial success and bands like that are few and far between in the Hall.
  • Essential Albums: Slanted and Enchanted (1992)
    Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain (1994)
    Brighten the Corners (1997)
    Terror Twilight (1999)
  • Our Five Favorite Songs as Chosen by Each Member of the NIHOF Committee: Summer Babe (From Slanted and Enchanted, 1992)
    Trigger Cut (From Slanted and Enchanted, 1992)
    Haunt You Down (From Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain, 1994)
    Father to a Sister of Thought (From Wowee Zowee, 1995)
    The Hexx (From Terror Twilight, 1999)

Should Pavement be in the Hall of Fame?

Definitely put them in! - 67.4%
Maybe, but others deserve it first. - 10.9%
Probably not, but it wouldn't be the end of the world. - 10.9%
No opinion. - 4.3%
No way! - 6.5%
Last modified on Monday, 04 February 2019 18:59
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+5 #2 Bruno 2016-01-01 20:32
I'll never forget how bad they were in concert in 1992. It's like they couldn't give a shit that there was an audience in front of them wanting to hear their art. That said, the debut was brilliant, and they've obviously had massive critical acclaim and influence on rock. I just don't know if it's enough, though.
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+5 #1 Darryl Tahirali -0001-11-30 00:00
"Debris Slide" has got to be one of the coolest song titles I've ever heard--it sounds like something Thomas Pynchon would make up for one of his novels--and the song itself is one of my Pavement faves.As for HoF, I think Pavement is in the wait-to-see- what-happens -to-Sonic Youth holding pattern.
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