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Major Leagues [EP] Single

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Major Leagues EP is Pavement's final EP, although two more singles were released afterwards. It features seven tracks in total: * A radio edit of the Terror Twilight version of "Major Leagues." * Two "Spiral Stairs" songs: "Your Time to Change," and "Stub Your Toe," which were recorded by Pavement's original drummer, Gary Young (lead singer Stephen Malkmus most likely did not attend these sessions due to his feud with Young). * A demo of "Major Leagues" recorded alone by Malkmus. * "Decouvert de Soleil," which features Stephen Malkmus switching back between English and French. The sound and instrumentation of the song is very similar to that of the "Major Leagues" demo, so it could be safe to assume that the singer recorded this track alone as well. * Covers of Echo & the Bunnymen's "The Killing Moon" and The Fall's "The Classical" from a 1997 BBC session. The latter is introduced as "an old family favorite." Track listing "Major Leagues [edit]" - 3:01 "Your Time to Change" - 3:10 "Stub Your Toe" - 2:34 "Major Leagues [demo version]" - 3:07 "Decouvert de Soleil" - 2:07 "The Killing Moon" - 5:15 "The Classical" - 3:26

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Major Leagues (Edit)
  2. Your Time To Change
  3. Stub Your Toe
  4. Major Leagues (Demo Version)
  5. Decouvert De Soleil
  6. The Killing Moon
  7. The Classical


Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 12, 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Single
  • Label: Matador Records
  • ASIN: B00001IVLP
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #469,183 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Format: Audio CD
Major Leagues is an EP to be filed under single plus filler. Both the single edit and the demo version of "Major Leagues" from Pavement's Terror Twilight are worth owning (the single mix is cleaner than the CD version; the demo demonstrates a good song in its simplest form). The unreleased tracks are defiant B-sides (the French-speaking "Decouvert de Soleil" is a hoot). The best reason to own this single plus filler are the remakes. Pavement, no slouches in the innovation department, prove that The Fall are virtually uncoverable - the cadences of "The Classical" were written to spec for Mark E. Smith's delivery. It's a lesson in stubborn wrongheadedness. But their cover of Echo and the Bunnymen's "The Killing Moon" is inspired. Pavement invests the hyper-romanticism of the song with their ironic distance; the tug of war between the two fascinates, with romance trumping irony in the final round. The struggle is thrilling.
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By A Customer on August 24, 2002
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Pavement has a tradition of putting out great EPs. While this might not be the all time greatest EP ever, it does give a good overview of the band's sound. The first track is Major Leagues, a solid song from the band's final album that made for an undeniably weak single due to it's whispiness. The EP picks it up a notch with two songs by Spiral Stairs that are worth the price of admission. "Stub Your Toe" sports the trademark backing vocals and some slick guitar work. It's a fast, smooth number, and provides a welcome contrast to SS's precedding track, "Your Time To Change." It's a little bit more epic, and contains some interesting (and appropriate, given the title) time changes. This song still lives on in Preston School of Industry's live set, and it's easy to see why. The fourth track is the demo version of Major Leagues, complete with some keyboard playing that is both terribly cheesy and amazingly wonderful at the same time. One can't help but wonder if this is what Terror Twilight would have sounded like had it not been produced by Nigel Godrich. The rest of the album consists of a lazy demo sung half in French, a wonderful cover of "The Killing Moon", and then a little burst of Malkmus energy in the form of "The Classical." This EP is a great deal of fun, but it's certainly not grade A material. Still, Pavement fans will be pleased that it was even released in the first place, and while it occasionally fails to awe like the band's best work can, it never disappoints.
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This album is worth the admission price for one of Spiral's best and most gorgeous songs: Stub Your Toe. The other tracks here range from the Doors-y "Your Time to Change", to the goofy "Decouvert de Soleil". The two cover songs (Echo and the Bunnymen's "Killing Moon" and the Fall's "Classical") are also pretty good.
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If you're into Pavement and want to start collecting singles, start with Spit on a Stranger, Pacific trim, and Shady Lane. Those are easily the best. However, if you have all those,Major Leagues is a great addition. Your time to Change and Stub Your Toe are excellent Scott songs recorded with original drummer Gary Young. Decouvert de Solei is a catchy little demo, half of which is sung in french, and it's great. Has kinda a surf sounding guitar and more upbeat than Terror twilight's stuff. The major Leagues demo made me actually like that song more. The two covers at the end are not quite as good as original Pavement songs, but they aren't bad.
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A decent EP from the last album from 90s supergroup Pavement. It was nice to see Gary Young show up for what was the group's sad swan song - and this EP leaves a bittersweet taste in my mouth. Highlights are Stub your Toe and Malkamus crooning in the cover of Echo & the Bunnymen's Killing Moon (also featured on the first Matador anniversary comp.) I could have done without the Casio inspired version of Major Leagues - even with the "You Kiss Like a Rock/ But You know I need it anyway". In all a good ep - so sad it was their last.
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By A Customer on October 25, 1999
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This EP isn't the work of a band ready to star in the major leagues--it's more like a fading, tired veteran about to be sent back to the minors.
Leading off is a shortened single version of "Major Leagues" from "Terror Twilight," which is a decent song (although the the tamest thing on the album) that loses something in the editing. And, let's admit it--the inevitable Steve Malkmus solo career will be full of stuff like this.
But fans buy Pavement EPs for the bonus tracks and oddities. And this one has plenty of 'em.
So who steps up to bat next? It's Scott (Spiral Stairs) Kannberg: "Your Time To Change" and "Stub Your Toe" are songs that obviously are not the work of Pavement the band. In fact, they seem to be Scott alone backed by former Pavement drummer Gary Young, whose loud, busy playing might warm the hearts of "Slanted and Enchanted" nostalgists. Scott's songs are at best forgettable, although they might have been helped by full band arrangements.
Next up, we have two demos by Malkmus (again, not Pavement the band): "Major Leagues" and the inexplicable "Decouvert de Soleil." The former is sluggish and dreadful, full of the cutesy synthesizer noises that he seems so fond of. The latter is mostly in French, and is interesting primarily for his use of the "MF" word at the end. File both of these under: "play only once."
After Malkmus strikes out twice, up steps two live tracks--Pavement the band (!) performing at a pair of BBC sessions from 1997: covers of Echo and the Bunnymen's "The Killing Moon" and "The Classical" by the Fall.
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