Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain

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Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain
Pavement Crooked Rain.jpg
Studio album by Pavement
Released February 14, 1994 (1994-02-14) [1]
Recorded August–September 1993 at Random Falls Studios in New York, New York
Genre Indie rock, art pop
Length 42:18
Label Matador (US)
Big Cat (original UK release)
Domino (2002 UK & European reissue)
Rough Trade (Germany)
Fellaheen (Australia)
Flying Nun (New Zealand)
Producer Pavement
Pavement chronology
Slanted and Enchanted
(1992)
Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain
(1994)
Wowee Zowee
(1995)
Singles from Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain
  1. "Cut Your Hair"
    Released: February 1994
  2. "Haunt You Down"
    Released: February 1994
  3. "Gold Soundz"
    Released: June 1994
  4. "Range Life"
    Released: January 1995
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 5/5 stars[2]
Chicago Tribune 2.5/4 stars[3]
Encyclopedia of Popular Music 4/5 stars[4]
Entertainment Weekly B+[5]
Los Angeles Times 3.5/4 stars[6]
NME 8/10[7]
Rolling Stone 4/5 stars[8]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide 5/5 stars[9]
Select 4/5[10]
The Village Voice A[11]

Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain is the second studio album by US rock band Pavement. The album, released in 1994, saw the band move on towards a more accessible rock sound than that displayed on their more lo-fi debut Slanted and Enchanted and achieve moderate success with the single "Cut Your Hair". The album also saw original drummer Gary Young replaced by Steve West. It was a UK Top 20 hit upon release, although it was not so successful in the US charts. As of 2007, the album had sold almost 500,000 copies.

Legacy[edit]

In 2003, the album was ranked number 210 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time and number 10 on their best albums of the nineties.[12] In 2003, it was ranked number 8 on Pitchfork Media's list Top 100 Albums of the 1990s,[13] and in 2010, the song "Gold Soundz" was listed as number one on Pitchfork Media's 200 Greatest Songs of the 1990s.[14] In July 2014, Guitar World ranked Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain at number 21 in their "Superunknown: 50 Iconic Albums That Defined 1994" list.[15] The photo in the middle of the cover was taken from the March 1978 issue of National Geographic Magazine. The album was also included in the book 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die.[16]

Reissue[edit]

The album was reissued on October 26, 2004 by Matador Records under the name Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain: LA's Desert Origins. The re-released version contains two discs: the first is the original album as well as B-sides and compilation tracks from that era. The second disc is a collection of previously unreleased tracks featuring former drummer Gary Young and live BBC Sessions. The collection features forty-nine tracks, culled from various previous recordings, including the original album, the single "Cut Your Hair", "Range Life", "Gold Soundz", the "Gold Soundz" Australia-N.Z. French Micronesia Tour '94 EP, the "Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain" bonus 7", and other recording sessions at Random Falls, NY, Louder Than You Think in Stockton, CA, and Waterworks, NY over the course of 1993.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Stephen Malkmus unless otherwise noted.

  1. "Silence Kid" – 3:01
  2. "Elevate Me Later" – 2:51
  3. "Stop Breathin'" – 4:28
  4. "Cut Your Hair" – 3:07
  5. "Newark Wilder" – 3:53
  6. "Unfair" – 2:33
  7. "Gold Soundz" – 2:41
  8. "5-4=Unity" – 2:09
  9. "Range Life" – 4:54
  10. "Heaven Is a Truck" – 2:30
  11. "Hit the Plane Down" (Scott Kannberg) – 3:36
  12. "Fillmore Jive" – 6:38

Due to an ink splodge on the back of the original artwork, the song "Silence Kid" has become erroneously known as "Silence Kit". This misnomer persisted when designer Mark Ohe printed it onto the back of the reissue Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain: LA's Desert Origins, despite the interior artwork showing the correct name in print several times, including written in Stephen Malkmus' own handwriting. [17]

Personnel[edit]

All personnel credits adapted from the album's liner notes.[18]

Pavement
Technical personnel

Chart positions[edit]

Chart (1994) Peak
position
German Albums Chart[19] 77
New Zealand RIANZ Top 40[20] 41
UK Albums Chart[21] 15
US Billboard 200[22] 121
US Billboard Heatseekers Albums[22] 2
Chart (2004) Peak
position
US Billboard 200[22] 164
US Billboard Independent Albums[22] 14

Singles[edit]

Year Single Peak chart positions
US Mod
[22]
UK
[21][23]
1994 "Cut Your Hair" 10 52
"Gold Soundz" 94
1995 "Range Life" 79
"—" denotes a release that did not chart.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Matador Records - Pavement". Matador Records. Retrieved February 2, 2014. 
  2. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain – Pavement". AllMusic. Retrieved September 2, 2011. 
  3. ^ Kot, Greg (March 3, 1994). "Low-fi Is The Latest Trend In The Music Biz". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved November 18, 2015. 
  4. ^ Larkin, Colin (2007). The Encyclopedia of Popular Music (5th ed.). Omnibus Press. ISBN 0-857-12595-8. 
  5. ^ Browne, David (March 11, 1994). "Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved November 18, 2015. 
  6. ^ Cromelin, Richard (February 13, 1994). "Pavement 'Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain' Matador". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved November 18, 2015. 
  7. ^ "25 Seminal Albums From 1994 – And What NME Said At The Time". NME. Retrieved November 17, 2015. 
  8. ^ Diehl, Matt (February 24, 1994). "Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain". Rolling Stone. Retrieved November 18, 2015. 
  9. ^ Brackett, Nathan; Hoard, Christian, eds. (2004). The New Rolling Stone Album Guide. Simon & Schuster. pp. 624–25. ISBN 0-743-20169-8. 
  10. ^ Cusack, Elaine (March 1994). "Pavement: Crooked Rain". Select (45): 75. 
  11. ^ Christgau, Robert (April 5, 1994). "Consumer Guide". The Village Voice. Retrieved November 18, 2015. 
  12. ^ "100 Best Albums of the Nineties". Rolling Stone. 10: Pavement, 'Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain'. Retrieved 2 September 2011. 
  13. ^ "Top 100 Albums of the 1990s". Pitchfork Media. 17 November 2003. p. 10. Archived from the original on 17 March 2009. 
  14. ^ "Staff Lists: The Top 200 Tracks of the 1990s". Pitchfork Media. September 3, 2010. Retrieved September 22, 2013. 
  15. ^ "Superunknown: 50 Iconic Albums That Defined 1994". GuitarWorld.com. July 14, 2014. Retrieved July 14, 2014. 
  16. ^ Robert Dimery; Michael Lydon (23 March 2010). 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die: Revised and Updated Edition. Universe. ISBN 978-0-7893-2074-2. 
  17. ^ "Silence Kit???". Retrieved July 24, 2015. 
  18. ^ Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain (CD). Pavement. Matador Records. 1994. LC 11552. 
  19. ^ "charts.de". Media Control Charts. Retrieved June 26, 2012. 
  20. ^ "charts.org.nz – Pavement – Crooked Rain Crooked Rain". charts.org.nz. Hung Medien. Retrieved June 26, 2012. 
  21. ^ a b "Pavement | Artist | Official Charts". The Official Charts Company. Retrieved June 26, 2012. 
  22. ^ a b c d e Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain – Pavement: Awards at AllMusic. Retrieved June 26, 2012.
  23. ^ "Chart Log UK: Rodney P. – The Pussycat Dolls". zobbel.de. Retrieved June 26, 2012.