Pavement is an American alternative rock band. In their career they achieved a significant cult following and they were called the best band of the 90s by prominent music critics Robert Christgau and Stephen Thomas Erlewine. Though only briefly brushing the mainstream with the single "Cut Your Hair" in 1994, Pavement were a successful indie rock band. Rather than signing with a major label as many of their 1980s forebears had done, they remained signed to independent labels throughout their career.
"Carrot Rope" is a song from Pavement's 1999 album Terror Twilight. It is erroneously known as "...and Carrot Rope", the "...and" was added to the stylized tracklisting on the back of Terror Twilight signifying that it is the final song on the album and not actually a part of the title. The song was released as a single in May 1999, exclusively in the United Kingdom. Elsewhere, "Spit on a Stranger" was released instead. On the commentary track to the group's Slow Century DVD, Stephen Malkmus explained that this single release was at the specific request of the group's UK label, Domino Records following significant playtime on John Peel's Radio 1 show. "Carrot Rope" would become the band's second and final UK top 40 hit. Despite the single's success, it was not included on Quarantine the Past: The Best of Pavement.
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