Tag: Pavement

  • 1997 Pazz & Jop: The Year of No Next Big Thing

    Because the 24th or 25th Pazz & Jop Critics’ Poll was the biggest-and-bestest ever, it tempted me to come out shilling for our big fat turnout and shiny new machines. Because the winner was in doubt well into the computerized tally, his margin of victory the smallest since…Blood on the Tracks? — no no no, […]

  • 1994 Pazz & Jop: Hegemony Sez Who? Does ‘Alternative Rock’ Rule or Rool?

    The shoo-in winner of the 21st or 22nd Pazz & Jop Critics’ Poll is hardly a shock, except perhaps to those who’ve declared the nifty little pop band Green Day a sign of the zeitgeist. Most wily young alternacrits had handicapped Hole’s Live Through This at No. 1 months ago, and without much to-do about […]

  • 1992 Pazz & Jop: Between Rock and a Hard Place

    Back in November, nobody knew who would win the 19th or 20th Pazz & Jop Critics’ Poll. By January, everybody did — everybody but me. “It’s not good enough, Joe,” I protested earnestly to Crown Poobah Joe Levy, and of that I felt certain. The kvelling about Arrested Development’s 3 Years, 5 Months and 2 […]

  • Pavement’s ‘A Shady Lane’

    “Shady Lane” is one of Fork in the Road’s favorite Pavement songs, a ditty so evocative it might bring tears to your eyes. The refrain, “A shady lane, everybody wants one/A shady lane, everybody needs one” suggests an Acadian past we might like to retreat to, while also partly recalling the Quicksilver Messenger Service album […]