In honor of the long-awaited Terror Twilight deluxe reissue, we look at the indie rock icons' 15 best songs.
Ask just about any music nerd and they'll agree: Pavement is one of the most important (and maybe the best) indie rock band of the 1990s.
Led by effortlessly cool frontman/songwriter Stephen Malkmus, Pavement formed in Stockton, California in the late '80s, releasing five studio albums before their breakup in 1999. They inspired like-minded indie rockers of the late '90s like Built to Spill and Modest Mouse, and their influence has trickled all the way down to Gen Z songwriters like beabadoobee and Snail Mail's Lindsey Jordan.
Since their breakup, all of Pavement's albums have received deluxe reissues — except for their last and most polarizing LP, Terror Twilight. To honor the long-awaited reissue (and the 2020 Pavement reunion that, obviously, didn't end up happening), we've rounded up the band's 15 best songs below.
2. “Gold Soundz” (Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain)
On "Gold Soundz," Malkmus pines for an old relationship like an oldies fanatic misses the music of the '50s and '60s. With sunny melodies and a jilted, mixed-meter time signature, "Gold Soundz" is a song tailor-made for luxuriating in nostalgia.
It's a realistic breakup song, too — one that smartly delineates the good memories of a relationship from the harsh realities: "You're the kind of girl I like / Because you're empty and I'm empty," seems like pure self-deprecation, but what's a better diss than calling your ex empty?