Pavement

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Stephen Malkmus explains how Pavement can be such an influential band and not have a number one hit. (3:33)

MY GUESTS TONIGHT ARE AN INDY

ROCK BAND THAT HAS REUNITED

AFTER 11 YEARS.

I LIKE THEM SO MUCH MORE NOW

THAT THEY'VE SOLD OUT AND GONE

ON "THE REPORT."

PLEASE WELCOME FROM THE BAND

PAVEMENT STEVEN MALKMUS.

[CHEERS AND APPLAUSE]

HEY, STEVEN, NICE TO MEET YOU.

HOW YOU DOING?

>> 1,000%.

>> FANTASTIC.

YOU LOOK PRETTY FRESH, READY AND

YOUNG FOR A GUY WHOSE BAND BROKE

UP 11 YEARS AGO.

WHAT'S YOUR MOISTURIZING

REGIMENT?

>> WHATEVER THE HOTEL HAS.

>> GOOD TO KNOW.

NOW, YOU GUYS HAVE GOTTEN

TOGETHER I'VE SAID.

YOU BROKE UP IN '99, RIGHT?

-YEAH.

>>

>> Stephen: DO YOU NEED TO

CHECK YOUR WIKIPEDIA PAGE?

>> NO.

>> Stephen: ALL RIGHT.

YOU GOT A GREATEST HITS

COMPILATION HERE.

IT IS CALLED "QUARANTINE THE

PAST."

23 NUMBER-ONE SMASH HITS.

HOW MANY WENT TO NUMBER ONE?

>> UH, NOT MANY.

>> Stephen: NOT MANY.

ANYONE GO TO NUMBER ONE?

>> NOT REALLY, NO.

>> Stephen: NONE OF THEM WENT

TO NUMBER ONE.

YOU'RE A GENIUS, THOUGH.

YOU'RE UNIVERSALLY HERALDED AS A

GENIUS.

YOU'RE AN INCREDIBLY INFLUENTIAL

BAND.

HOW COULD YOU NOT GO TO NUMBER

ONE?

[APPLAUSE]

>> IT'S TOUGH TO GET TO THE TOP

OF THE HEAP.

>> Stephen: IT IS.

YOU KNOW WHO WENT TO NUMBER ONE

IN THE '90s, THAT SNOW GUY.

♪ INFORMER

A BOOM, BOOM YEAH ♪♪

YOU DON'T KNOW THAT GUY?

YOU DON'T KNOW THAT GUY?

WAS HE INFLUENTIAL TO YOU?

[LAUGHTER]

>> UM, NO.

>> Stephen: ALL RIGHT.

OKAY.

YOU BROKE UP IN '99, BUT NOW

YOU'RE BACK PLAYING LIKE HUGE

SREBRENICA -- VENUES 11 YEARS

LATER.

WOULD YOU RECOMMEND THAT AS PATH

TO SUCCESS FOR BANDS?

>> YEAH, IT'S HARD TO PLAN FOR,

THAT YOU KNOW.

>> Stephen: THIS WASN'T LIKE A

REALLY LONG GAME OF YOURS?

>> TEN YEARS IS A LONG TIME TO

WAIT.

>> Stephen: WHY ARE YOU BACK

IN THE GAME RIGHT NOW?

YOU'VE BEEN OUT FOR SO LONG?

>> BECAUSE IT'S FUN.

>> Stephen: IS THE TOURING

FUN?

>> ROCK 'N' ROLL IS FUN.

>> Stephen: IS TOURING FUN?

WHO IN THE BAND SMELLS BEST

AFTER SIX WEEK?

>> EVERYONE.

>> Stephen: EVERYBODY SMELLS

THE SAME NOW THAT WE HAVE OLD

SPICE BODY WASH.

CAN I ASK YOU SOMETHING ABOUT

YOUR LYRICS?

YOUR LYRICS CAN OFTEN BE

AMBIGUOUS.

>> OPEN ENDED.

>> Stephen: THEY ARE?

BECAUSE I CAN'T OFTEN TELL IF

THEY ARE AMBIGUOUS.

THEY COULD BE DEFINITE.

>> THAT'S I GUESS WHY WE'VE

LASTED SO LONG.

>> Stephen: DO YOU HAVE A

MUSICAL HERO.

YOU'RE INCREDIBLY INFLUENTIAL.

IS SOMEBODY ELSE INCREDIBLY

INFLUENTIAL TO YOU, SOMEBODY

LIKE IF THEY DIDN'T EXIST, YOU

WOULDN'T BE ROCKING?

>> REAGAN.

>> Stephen: REAGAN?

I AM WITH YOU, MY FRIEND.

I AM READING YOU 1,000%.

WELL, I KNOW IT'S A LOT TO ASK

SINCE YOU ALREADY LUGGED YOUR

EQUIPMENT IN HERE, BUT WOULD YOU

DO A SONG?