Pavement frontman Stephen Malkmus has appealed to fans to help him find a radio-friendly replacement for the word ‘blowjob’, which features in the forthcoming single from Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks, ‘Senator’.
Running an online competition at Whatdoesthesenatorwant.com, fans are invited to suggest a new word which could fit into the line of the song: “I know what the senator wants – what the senator wants is a blowjob.”
Malkmus will then sing the winning entry on the radio edit of the single, which will be sent to radio stations in September, ahead of the single release.
The person who comes up with the winning entry, will receive a special 7” of the single, with their version on one side and the original track on the other, specially made by the band’s record label Matador. The winning entry will be revealed on September 15. The deadline for entries is August 23.
‘Senator’ is taken from the Jicks‘ fifth album ‘Mirror Traffic’, which was produced by Beck and is set for release on August 22.
Of the new album, Malkmus says:
This record is relatively approachable. Beck and I were both burned out on the heavy rocking style, and playing to the strengths of a melody seemed like a way to go.