Stephen Malkmus (vocal, 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.