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Gary Young (May 3, 1953) was the first drummer of the 90s seminal alternative band Pavement.

Early life

Gary Young was born in Mamaroneck, New Yorkmarker. His father worked in the plastics business.

Work with Pavement

Stephen Malkmus (vocal, guitar) and childhood friend Scott Kannberg (guitar, vocals) formed Pavement in Stockton, CAmarker in 1989. Their first EP was recorded at a local studio Louder Than You Think-which was owned by Gary Young, then a thirty-something drummer who appeared on the EP. Young was also on the recording of Demolition Plot J-7 in 1990.

After the release of their first album, Slanted & Enchanted, Pavement toured nationally in support of it. They added a bassist and another drummer to bolster Young’s shaky timekeeping. The tour became notorious for the band’s sloppy sound and Young’s grandstanding.

Young gained the band notoriety with his on- and offstage antics. He was noted for greeting the audience at the door, giving out cabbage and mashed potatoes to fans, doing headstands, running around the venue and stage while the rest of the band was playing, and drunkenly falling off his drum stool.

His bizarre drug and alcohol fueled personality had grated on the rest of his band and they could no longer take it. In "Perfect Sound Forever", he stated:

:"My mother thinks the Vietnam War had a major effect on [my drug and alcohol abuse]. We sat in a high school parking lot for the draft and they actually picked numbers out of a hat--'May 3rd, you go.' This was pretty scary, and if you're gonna die anyway, you might as well die from drugs. I'm sure this had something to do with it. We were out shooting heroin in a fucking high school parking lot."

His last release with the group was the EP Watery, Domestic.

Solo Work

He would later release three albums under the name Gary Young's Hospital.[193906]

Young currently markets recording studio products. In particular, the Universal Microphone Shock Mount.


  • Jovanovic, Rob. "Perfect Sound Forever: The Story of Pavement." Justin Charles & Co., 2004.

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