Stephen Malkmus: My Life in 15 Songs

The former Pavement frontman and current leader of the Jicks looks back on a quarter-century of indie-rock genius

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"We Dance"

Wowee Zowee, 1995

We went down to a studio in Memphis called Easely and recorded 60 percent of Wowee Zowee there. "We Dance" could've been a B-side, but you put it first and it becomes important to the album. It sends a statement. That was one of the only albums I sequenced by myself. In my mind, it all fit together.

I had another version of "We Dance" that was kind of glam-rock. It was a little "Taking Care of Business," mixed with Simon and Garfunkel. But on the album, I did it in a down-and-out way, like the Frogs or David Bowie or something — a little torch song thing. I thought, "That's a good introduction to the album." It showed that we were doing something different.

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