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Despite being a bit of a disappointment for the band in terms of sales and critical accolades (at least when compared to the adoration fans and critics alike heaped on their first two albums), Wowee Zowee holds a special place in my heart, in part because it was my introduction to the band, and partly because many of my favorite Pavement songs are found on this album. And I honestly might never have heard any of them if the artwork hadn't drawn me to it.

Pavement's reputation as the most innovative, quirky, and downright fun indie band had reached my circle of awareness by 1995 when Zowee hit the shelves, but I had never actually heard any of their music. Spending $15 on a CD by a band I had never heard a song by was not a practice I made a habit of in those days, but three factors made the decision for me. 1) The buzz around this band was incredible, 2) several people whose opinion I trusted absolutely adored them, and 3) the artwork for their latest release was just the kind of bizarre stuff that my 15 year old tastes went for. This third element was really what ended up pushing me over the edge and purchasing the album, and 18 years later Pavement is still one of my favorite bands, and Wowee Zowee is one of the most important records in my collection.

The art is by Steve Keene and it is a stylized take on a photograph from a 1970's issue of LIFE magazine which depicted two women sitting in dark robes near a goat. (lead singer) Stephen Malkmus chose this particular piece out of over 50 paintings that Keene produced at a live painting session.

Date: 2013-04-15 04:03 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] paradisefraud.livejournal.com
I'm with you on the rarity of buying an album you've never heard (of) for a pretty penny. Oddly, the few times I've done so, I've ended up much like you - still adoring the band to this day. Pavement is great, dude, glad to see the admiration is still alive with others.

Date: 2013-04-15 08:25 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] joshthevegan.livejournal.com
Yeah, they're simply amazing. I still keep up with Malkmus' solo career, but even though I like most of the stuff, it only serves to remind me how much better the Pavement stuff was. I'm still waiting for that long-promised Terror Twilight re-issue to come out.

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