Terror Twilight (found unreleased songs from Pavement album; 1999)

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The front cover of Pavement's fifth and final studio album, Terror Twilight.

Status: Found

Date found: 8 Apr 2022

Found by: Matador Records

In 1999, American indie rock band Pavement released their final record, Terror Twilight. Produced by Nigel Godrich, who was known for his work for Radiohead and Beck at the time of release, the album received mixed reviews due to its largely "overproduced" sound and lack of musical focus.[1]

Despite Pavement frontman Stephen Malkmus being very open in sharing the band's outtakes and unfinished material, two songs that were recorded for the record have never been released, "For Sale! The Preston School of Industry" and "Shagbag".

During the 1997 tour of their Brighten the Corners album, "For Sale! The Preston School of Industry" was written live during the recording of Dutch TV network VPRO's music documentary series Lola Da Musica, an episode of which showcased Pavement's songwriting abilities. The song was played in the studio during sessions for Terror Twilight, but Stephen Malkmus was unhappy with the results. On September 28, 2008, the VPRO recording was announced to be in the track listing for the deluxe reissue of Brighten the Corners, but was removed from the second track list that was published on Matador's blog a week later on October 7, 2008.[2] In the comment section of the blog post, Patrick Amory, president and co-owner of Matador, claims that VPRO "wanted an obscene amount of money for it", and decided to leave it off the track list after communicating with the band.[3]

"Shagbag" was a song meant for inclusion on the original track list for Terror Twilight, which was organized by Nigel Godrich, who described it as a "load of noise type segue". The song was cut from the final track listing.[4]

"Civilized Satanist" and "Dot Days" were songs that Malkmus played at a few solo shows in 1998, and both exist as live bootlegs from an August 12, 1998 performance at the Long Beach Museum of Art in California.[5] These two songs are unconfirmed if they were meant for inclusion on Terror Twilight, but because these songs were performed during the time period in which the album was being workshopped, fans suggest these were demoed for Terror Twilight.[6]


On January 11, 2022, after over a decade of rumors and speculation, Matador Records announced the deluxe reissue of Pavement's Terror Twilight, which included band sessions, Malkmus demos, a 1998 house recording of "For Sale! The Preston School of Industry", "Shagbag", and "Be the Hook", which fans had no prior knowledge of until the announcement. The deluxe reissue was released on April 8th, 2022. [7]