Pavement are arguably one of the most adored Indie Rock acts of all time; it’s worth noting that even in the decade that gave us such legendary groups as Nirvana, there is still a large and vocal group that proclaims them the single greatest band of the Nineties. That said, their third album, Wowee Zowee, is often considered the black sheep of their canon, with even many of their fans considering it entirely too off-the-wall and bizarre. This was the first of the two singles from that album, and it does feature a distinctly less accessible and more avant-garde-leaning sound that their other records, which tended toward a simple, shimmery beauty. That said, it still carries the unmistakable mark of the band, with the same soft, dreamy feel and Stephen Malkmus’ ultra-distinctive semi-monotone vocals, and it’s still unquestionably pretty. What it mostly sounds like is Frank Zappa’s more accessible instrumental albums like Hot Rats, albeit with vocals added. Given that the album seems to be named after a song from Zappa’s debut album, Freak Out!, this effect may well have been exactly what they had in mind. And given how far afield the Indie Rock genre routinely goes, it seems highly unfair to criticize this album just for going slightly further in that direction that the rest of this particular band’s output, especially since it’s still very attractive music.