Gary Young was the first drummer of the 90s seminal alternative band Pavement.
Stephen Malkmus (vocal, guitar) and childhood friend Scott Kannberg (guitar, vocals) formed Pavement in Stockton, CA in 1989. Their first EP was recorded at a local studio Louder Than You Think-which was owned by Gary Young, then a forty something drummer who appeared on the EP. Young was also on the recording of demolition 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 Youngâ€™s shaky timekeeping. The tour became notorious for the bandâ€™s sloppy sound and Youngâ€™s grandstanding.
The opprobrious, acid-fried ex-hippy drummer would greet the audience at the door, shaking their hands. He would act out by giving out cabbage and mashed potatoes to fans at the door, doing headstands, running around the venue and sage while the rest of the band was playing and drunkenly falling off his drum stool.