Every generation needs its poets and here's the 23 musical scribes who define 2010.
Meanwhile, you can vote for the best lyricists ever here.
Words: Emily Mackay, Matt Wilkinson, Barry Nicolson, Mark Beaumont, Laura Snapes, Dan Martin, Sam Wolfson, Martin Robinson, Jaimie Hodgson
Aged 43, Malkmus is the king of US indie rock. After a 10-year hiatus, he’s back as Pavement’s tongue twister
Malkmus is the kind of songwriter who deserves to have dissertations dedicated to decoding his songs – where Rush singer Geddy Lee is a reference point and homophones like “career!”/ “Korea!” make sketchy meanings slip away even further.
Many have tried – and failed – to interpret his non-sequiturs, both in his time as Pavement’s frontman and his solo career with The Jicks. Now his main band are returning, a new generation will do the same. LS
Key lyric: “Watch out for the gypsy children in electric dresses/They’re insane/
I hear they live in crematoriums and smoke your remains”
(‘You Are A Light’, from ‘Terror Twilight’, 1999)
Acts to help record label celebrate birthday in Las Vegas
Group add extra shows to their reunion jaunt
- Jun 16, 2010
The reformed group will play their first ever hometown gig in Stockton on June 24
- Jun 11, 2010
A faultless retrospective of one of indie's greatest survivors
- Mar 12, 2010
Their last ever show; hold back the tears...
- Nov 30, 1999
They have the truth for you every time, [a]Pavement[/a]....
- May 3, 1999