This is a brief post in homage to a simple idea - that often, bands that got away aping other bands' sounds often are as interesting to listen to as the original bands itself.
The idea itself is based off a blog post I found randomly (do read it) last year when trying to find stuff about a band I had heard on WZBC called Silkworm. Now it must be admitted that after listening to both discs of the sadly out-of-print career retrospective Even a Blind Chicken Finds a Kernel of Corn Now and Then that the comparisons are superficial at best. At least in the Slanted and Enchanted days, both bands doled out guitar noise from the Lee Ranaldo and J Mascis school, but Silkworm's best early moments owed more to the atmospheric slowcore of Galaxie 500 than the frantic ranting of The Fall.
There were also the good-ol'-boys of Archers of Loaf during that time period as well. But where the Silkworm I've heard so far failed to sound like Pavement, the Archers of Loaf essentially come down as a more hardcore-derived Pavement.
However, where Pavement are still remembered and beloved as a cultural institution, many of these era "soundalike" acts were washed away by the tides of history. Bad metaphor aside, its truth is remarkably evident: unless I'm looking online, I can't find Silkworm and Archers of Loaf records to save my life. Finding Archers of Loaf debut Icky Mettle was a fluke from lots of used-record-bin searching, and we won't get into finding anything by Silkworm. But the end result is this: much of these Pavement clones are as interesting as the original artist, and really need to be dug back up from the crates.