Shady Lane

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Shady Lane EP/Single
EP by
ReleasedJune 10, 1997
GenreIndie rock
Pavement chronology
Pacific Trim
Shady Lane EP/Single
Terror Twilight
Professional ratings
Review scores
EP: AMG2.5/5 stars[1]
Pt. 1: AMG2/5 stars[2]
Pt. 2: AMG4.5/5 stars[3]
Christgau's Consumer GuideA–[4]
Entertainment WeeklyA–[5]

"Shady Lane" is a song by Pavement that appears on the album Brighten the Corners. It was also released as a two-part single and as an EP, which collects the B-sides from both the British singles. The single was accompanied by a video directed by Spike Jonze.[6] "Shady Lane" would become a top 40 hit in the UK for the band.

Part 1 - Shady Lane/Slow Typed[edit]

The It is Domino Records No. RUG053.

Track listing

  1. Shady Lane
  2. Slowly Typed
  3. Cherry Area

Part 2 - Shady Lane/Wanna Mess You Around[edit]

Track listing

  1. Shady Lane
  2. Wanna Mess You Around
  3. No Tan Lines

7" - Shady Lane/Unseen Power of the Picket Fence[edit]

It is Domino Records No. RUG053. The B-side, "Unseen Power of the Picket Fence" was originally released on the No Alternative compilation in 1993.

Track listing

  1. Shady Lane
  2. Unseen Power of the Picket Fence


The EP was released June 10, 1997 on Matador Records. It collects all the B-sides from the two "Shady Lane" UK singles. "Shady Lane (krossfader)" is a very similar version to the one on the album Brighten the Corners; the gap between the first chorus and second verse is shortened and the extended instrumental part towards the end (identified on the album as J vs. S) is omitted. The song "Slowly Typed" can also be found on Brighten the Corners, where it is named "Type Slowly". The version here is quite different, faster and more lo-fi with a country touch.

Track listing

  1. "Shady Lane (Krossfader)" – 2:34
  2. "Slowly Typed" – 2:52
  3. "Cherry Area" – 1:32
  4. "Wanna Mess You Around" – 1:26
  5. "No Tan Lines" – 3:01

In popular culture[edit]

  • In the television series Radio Free Roscoe, character Lily's radio nickname is "Shady Lane". Lily states that Pavement's song "Shady Lane" is the song that inspired her to play guitar.


  1. ^ AMG review
  2. ^ AMG review
  3. ^ AMG review
  4. ^ Christgau, Robert (2000-10-15). Christgau's Consumer Guide: Albums of the '90s. Macmillan Publishing. p. 242. ISBN 9780312245603.
  5. ^ Kim, Wook (1997-06-13). "Shady Lane". Entertainment Weekly.
  6. ^ "Full Cast and Crew for Pavement: Slow Century". IMDb. Retrieved 18 June 2012.

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