Pavement may well be the greatest band you’ve never heard of.
Their 1992 debut album and defining masterpiece Slanted and Enchanted came out at a time when to be an alternative American band in the UK was great and all, but only if your name was Nirvana.
Pavement were not only Not Nirvana, their music was markedly different – melodic, yes, but also frequently slow, studious and of no interest at all to the pop kids who turned Kurt Cobain and co into the biggest and most important group in the world.
The Secret History Volume 1 is the first in a series of accompaniments for the band’s five studio albums and despite being essentially Slanted and Enchanted rejects it’s as essential as many acts’ greatest achievements. Even the second disc of live recordings is pretty awesome.
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By Andrew Greenhalgh