Pavement make me smile. Barmy lyrics, guitar din and lovely melodies – a strange brew. The 1994 long player Crooked Rain Crooked Rain was my introduction, followed by their more influential, noise-rock masterpiece Slanted and Enchanted. (I recommend this route to the uninitiated.) But it is the first track off their indulgent third album Wowee Zowee that I feature here. “There is no castration fear… pick out some brazilian nuts for your engagement…maybe we could dance together”. Just as with the Beastie Boys, I get the feeling that the sound of the words is more important than their meaning. Actually, nothing like the Beasties at all.