Thursday, April 5, 2012

Pavement wrote a song about Montana, not Missouri

Posted By on Thu, Apr 5, 2012 at 8:40 AM

I don't know about you, but when the Wall Street Journal headlines a story, "Baseball, Montana and Steven Malkmus," I'm going to read it. Mind you, I'm not sure what baseball really has to do with anything in the story, other than the fact Malkmus is a fan of outfielder Melky Cabrera, and that makes no sense because ... well, we'll have to cover that later.

Of more importance is the 1993 Pavement song "Box Elder." The song's lyrics describe someone clearly cramped by small-town living, someone who has to "get the fuck out of this town, 'cause I got a lot of things to do, a lot of places to go." That someone then proclaims, "I'm gonna head to Box Elder, M.O." The MO would seem to indicate Missouri, but no. Malkmus explains:

“It was just a mistake by me,” he told the paper. He meant to use MT instead of MO.

Turns out former bandmate Scott Kannberg has roots in the area and Malkmus used to spend time at the Kannberg family’s wheat farm. The song is about the tiny town located just north of Big Sandy.

Now, about this Melky Cabrera business ...

(H/T to former Indy contributor @Jason_Cohen, whom you should follow on Twitter for vital tidbits like this one, and other cool stuff.)

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