Stephen Malkmus says he’s “hoping” for a Lorde collaboration because she owes him a “favour”

Ex-Pavement frontman almost asked Lorde to appear on his new album

Stephen Malkmus has said that he wants to collaborate with Lorde in the future and is hopeful because she owes him a “favour”.

Stephen Malkmus’ band The Jicks release their new album ‘Sparkle Hard’ on May 18. It features a guest cameo from Sonic Youth‘s Kim Gordon on the track ‘Refute’.

Speaking to Pitchfork recently, the former Pavement frontman explained how the Gordon collaboration came about, saying: “Kim is a friend and she just said, ‘I think the lyrics are funny, I’ll do it.’ She’s really inspirational – she’s always doing stuff.”


Asked whether he was worried about what Thurston Moore (Gordon’s ex-husband and bandmate) would think about the collab, Malkmus replied: “No, because I just thought it was funny. I like him too.”

Malkmus added: “She did have a public divorce that was cared about in certain zones of music, but really they’re just two people. I have no judgment on either one. Who knows what goes on behind closed doors in people’s relationships? We all know it’s not easy. I suppose there are Cinderella stories, but from my experience, it’s, like, therapy and talk and growing. It’s work.”


He went on to say that “if Kim couldn’t do it, I was gonna ask Lorde to do it, ’cause I thought Lorde owed me a favour.”

Prompted to elaborate, Malkmus said: “I did something for her. I don’t wanna say [what]. I did her a favour.”

“It wasn’t a big deal. It’s not very exciting. It obviously wasn’t big enough to get her to potentially sing on a tune. Maybe her parents are Pavement fans or something, so I’m still hoping [for a collaboration].”


Malkmus recently downplayed the chances of a Pavement reunion. 2019 marks the band’s 30th anniversary, but Malkmus has said: “I’m not so keen on [the idea] right now… I don’t know if I have time for a Pavement reunion.”

Stephen Malkmus and The Jicks play UK and Ireland shows later this year. See those dates below.

Wednesday 17 – MANCHESTER Albert Hall
Thursday 18 – GLASGOW SWG3 TV Studio
Friday 19 – DUBLIN Vicar Street
Sunday 21 – BRISTOL SWX
Monday 22 – BIRMINGHAM Asylum, Hockley
Wednesday 24 – LONDON Hackney Arts Centre
Thursday 25 – BRIGHTON Concorde 2