Gary Young (drummer)

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Gary Young
Birth name Gary Young
Also known as Plantman
Born (1953-05-03) May 3, 1953 (age 64)
Mamaroneck, New York
Origin Stockton, California
Genres Indie rock, folk, punk
Instruments Guitar, vocals, drums
Labels Matador, Domino, Big Cat
Associated acts Pavement, Gary Young's Hospital

Gary "Plantman" Young (born May 3, 1953) was the first drummer of the 1990s indie rock band Pavement.

Early life[edit]

Gary Young was born in Mamaroneck, New York. His father worked in the plastics business.

Work with Pavement[edit]

Stephen Malkmus (vocals, guitar) and childhood friend Scott Kannberg (guitar, vocals) formed Pavement in Stockton, CA in 1989. Their first EP, Slay Tracks (1933-1969), was recorded at a local studio called Louder Than You Think, which was owned by Gary Young, a then 35-year-old drummer who appeared on the EP. Young would also appear on their next two EPs, Demolition Plot J-7, and Perfect Sound Forever, released in 1990 and 1991, respectively, as well as their 1992 debut album, Slanted and Enchanted. Young began gaining the band a degree of notoriety with his on- and offstage antics. He was noted for greeting the audience at the door, giving out cabbage, mashed potatoes, or cinnamon toast to fans, and doing headstands.

His last release as a member of the group was the EP Watery, Domestic. He later appeared on the two Spiral Stairs tracks on the Major Leagues EP.

Solo work[edit]

He later released three albums, Hospital, Things We Do for You, and The Grey Album under the name Gary Young's Hospital.[1] The music video for the song "Plant Man" was featured in the Beavis and Butthead Season 5 episode "Skin Trade."

Young currently markets recording studio products, in particular, the Universal Microphone Shock Mount.


  • Jovanovic, Rob. "Perfect Sound Forever: The Story of Pavement." Justin Charles & Co., 2004.