What's the WORST Spiral Stairs Song

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Poll Results

OptionVotes
Hit The Plane Down 12
Date With Ikea 3
Painted Soldiers 1
Your Time To Change 1
Passat Dream 1
Stub Your Toe 1
Two States 0
Your Time To Change 0
Western Homes 0
Kennel District 0
Nothing Ever Happens0


Mr. Que, Thursday, 12 April 2007 17:45 (ten years ago) Permalink

Love him, but feel no love for Hit The Plane Down. Never have.

sonderangerbot, Thursday, 12 April 2007 17:48 (ten years ago) Permalink

hit the plane down infuriates me the most. with western homes a close second. i don't know if they're the worst, but they're both the worst on great fucking albums.

ghost rider, Thursday, 12 April 2007 17:48 (ten years ago) Permalink

i don't know if they're the worst, but they're both the worst on great fucking albums.

true this. I don't even really so much hate "Western Homes" as much as I hate it's placement.

will, Thursday, 12 April 2007 17:56 (ten years ago) Permalink

haha wvs i love "western homes" and its placement!

pretzel walrus, Thursday, 12 April 2007 17:59 (ten years ago) Permalink

"mussel rock (is a horse in transition)" (which is not listed above) is my favorite SS song, probably the only one besides "kennel district" that I can listen all the way through.

"hit the plane down" only gets good when malkmus starts doing his shaun ryder impression.

Steve Shasta, Thursday, 12 April 2007 17:59 (ten years ago) Permalink

Gah.

"Western Homes" works perfectly in its spot position on WZ. It's like the mint you pick up at the register on your way out to the parking lot.

And "Hit the Plane Down" always marked a good spot to roll down the window and have a cigarette during long roadtrips.

I'm not the fondest of "Whalebones", but sheesh. I've never understood the anti-spiralism that exists out there.

Pleasant Plains, Thursday, 12 April 2007 18:01 (ten years ago) Permalink

Yep, I agree with the placement of Western Homes, it's perfect, especially after all that awesome Half a Canyon razzamatazz. Shit, I forgot mussel rock. I kind of like that one.

Mr. Que, Thursday, 12 April 2007 18:03 (ten years ago) Permalink

Yeah, I like most of these except "Passat Dream." Even "Hit the Plane Down" has a certain stupid charm, although it shouldn't have been on the album.

Brent, Thursday, 12 April 2007 18:04 (ten years ago) Permalink

he's so goddamn bland! like a computer programmed to spit out "generic 90s indie rock"

i like the way his guitar sounds, and how he plays it, i guess.

ghost rider, Thursday, 12 April 2007 18:04 (ten years ago) Permalink

I liked a three or four off that first PSOI outing a lot.

It's just a bit disconcerting to follow up that Half a Canyon madness with Western Homes. For me.

that very well may have been what they were going for...

will, Thursday, 12 April 2007 18:06 (ten years ago) Permalink

* a palate cleanser
* the pickled ginger after the awesome sushi roll
* the lemon sherbet after the chocolate thunderstorm of A-1 awesome jam tune

Mr. Que, Thursday, 12 April 2007 18:08 (ten years ago) Permalink

also "Two States" is pretty awesome, but I went with Kennel District.

will, Thursday, 12 April 2007 18:08 (ten years ago) Permalink

Kennel District and Date With Ikea are two of my favorite Pavement songs - not just Spiral Stairs songs, Pavement as a whole.

Hit The Plane Down and Western Homes are my two least favorite Pavement songs.

joygoat, Thursday, 12 April 2007 22:17 (ten years ago) Permalink

two years pass...

he's dropped the stupid band name and is releasing an album under his pseudonym. the mp3 is not bad!
http://www.matadorrecords.com/matablog/2009/06/24/coming-october-20-spiral-stairs-the-real-feel/

mizzell, Wednesday, 24 June 2009 17:37 (eight years ago) Permalink

classy cover, too
http://stereogum.com/img/thumbnails/posts/spiral-stairs-the-real-feel.jpg

mizzell, Wednesday, 24 June 2009 17:40 (eight years ago) Permalink

"Went with 'kennel district'" - must've thought I was voting for best? But apparently didn't vote anyway.

^ persecutes Christians (will), Wednesday, 24 June 2009 17:54 (eight years ago) Permalink

seven years pass...

Who'd have thunk that one of the best rock albums of 2017 would be by this guy? What the shit happened?

Shat Parp (dog latin), Friday, 12 May 2017 13:30 (one month ago) Permalink

Hmmm... I watched a video all the way thru, the subject matter being Scott at a laundromat interacting with some Ä·inda tough-guy guy, and the song I found only mildly interesting, very much of the quality I expected from the first PSOI record which I never heard. I remember that what the song lacked in melody, it made up wits a charming, spare, idiosyncratic instrumentation.

rip van wanko, Friday, 12 May 2017 13:44 (one month ago) Permalink

Hold on, people actually think Date with Ikea's the worst one here? That's one of pavements best songs

josh az (2011nostalgia), Friday, 12 May 2017 19:46 (one month ago) Permalink

Yeah, "Doris and the Daggers" is really good!

geoffreyess, Friday, 12 May 2017 19:59 (one month ago) Permalink

Two States is the most ludicrous and painfully obvious Fall rip ever put to tape. At least that I've heard. He should be ashamed of himself. It's one thing to let your influences show through, but that thing is truly next level. In the worst sense. No wonder MES hates them. Though really that's not so hard to do and they've plenty of company. Still...

VyrnaKnowlIsAHeadbanger, Friday, 12 May 2017 20:02 (one month ago) Permalink

date w ikea is good!

constitutional crises they fly at u face (will), Friday, 12 May 2017 20:14 (one month ago) Permalink

yeah Date W/ Ikea with 3 votes here is the new worst thing on ILM

(i would've voted for Your Time To Change)

alpine static, Saturday, 13 May 2017 00:31 (one month ago) Permalink

"Fame Throwa" and "Conduit for Sale" are huge Fall ripoffs too!

Mr. Snrub, Saturday, 13 May 2017 00:38 (one month ago) Permalink

yeah Date W/ Ikea with 3 votes here is the new worst thing on ILM

This times infinity. Those responsible should come forward to be fp'd properly. Huge song.

On Some Faraday Beach (Le Bateau Ivre), Saturday, 13 May 2017 00:52 (one month ago) Permalink

Hmm tbh I can't even remember how any of these songs go apart from Kennel District and Date W/ Ikea which I do like. I guess I don't like Spiral Stairs' songs much.

Colonel Poo, Saturday, 13 May 2017 01:00 (one month ago) Permalink

"Date" is a highlight on Brighten for sure.

After like seven times of suffering through "Hit the Plane Down" (when I was too lazy to skip it), I started liking it in that bizarre Stockton Syndrome way that sometimes happens with songs. (Phone auto corrected Stockholm, but seems appropriate to leave it)

Vinnie, Saturday, 13 May 2017 01:01 (one month ago) Permalink

I've got a version of Plane taken from a scratched-up CD. Holds up pretty good!

pplains, Saturday, 13 May 2017 01:37 (one month ago) Permalink

Hear it for yourself!

pplains, Saturday, 13 May 2017 01:42 (one month ago) Permalink

"Stockton Syndrome" would be a great title for a Pavement bootleg

goodoldneon, Saturday, 13 May 2017 01:43 (one month ago) Permalink

Yes Shrub you are correct. But Two States even mentions "the north" ala the early mes cliche and a woefully affected vocal approximation. I do like the intentionally ugly guitar solo though.

VyrnaKnowlIsAHeadbanger, Saturday, 13 May 2017 05:11 (one month ago) Permalink

Sorry, Snrub. I meant. F-ing pad changed it on me.

VyrnaKnowlIsAHeadbanger, Saturday, 13 May 2017 05:13 (one month ago) Permalink

Give me a moment to relish the irony of Kannberg autographing a copy of Terror Twilight (of all possible Pavement albums) and selling it with digital copies of his solo record on Pledge Music.

Guy Pidgeotto (Tom Violence), Saturday, 13 May 2017 19:46 (one month ago) Permalink

echoing love for Date with Ikea, beautiful song. much needed break from Malkmus

braunld (Lowell N. Behold'n), Saturday, 13 May 2017 20:22 (one month ago) Permalink


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