Cut Your Hair

"Cut Your Hair"

Cover art for "Cut Your Hair"
Single by Pavement
from the album Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain
A-side "Cut Your Hair"
B-side "Camera"
Released February 1994 (USA)
Format 7", CD, 12"
Recorded August–September 1993
Random Falls Studio
New York City
Genre Indie rock
Length 3 minutes 9 seconds
Label Matador Records
catalog number OLE-082
Writer(s) Stephen Malkmus
Producer Pavement
with engineer Mark Venezia
Pavement singles chronology
"Trigger Cut"
"Cut Your Hair"
"Gold Soundz"

"Cut Your Hair" is a song by American rock band Pavement from their second album, Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain. It was written by Pavement songwriter and lead singer Stephen Malkmus. The song snidely attacks the importance of image in the music industry.[citation needed] In one verse, Malkmus sarcastically recites a fictitious ad looking for a musician to join a band: "advertising looks and chops a must/ no big hair".

The song was released as a single and became the band's best-selling and most popular song. Both B-sides are included on the reissue Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain: LA's Desert Origins. The unlisted B-side track on the 12" version of the single is an instrumental recording of "Rain Ammunition," and has never been reissued.

In May 2007, NME magazine placed "Cut Your Hair" at number 28 in its list of the 50 Greatest Indie Anthems Ever.


Track listing

  1. "Cut Your Hair"
  2. "Camera" (R.E.M. cover)
  3. "Stare"
  4. unlisted track (12" only)

The video

The video, released in 1994, was relatively simple, showing the band sitting on a bench at a barber shop, waiting to get their hair cut. Some strange things happen to each band member when they go and sit on the barber's chair:

  • Mark Ibold - He shakes his head to mess up his hair and then sneezes. The viewer finds out that he sneezed out a cat. He then gives it to the barber and goes back to the bench.
  • Scott Kannberg - He comes up to the barber's chair dressed in a clothed gorilla suit and gets his hair cut. We then see him back in human form, and he goes back to the bench.
  • Bob Nastanovich - When he gets up, he trips over the table of magazines in front of the bench they are sitting on. He tries to drink something out of a flask, and then attempts to drink the barber's Barbicide cleaning solution but the barber won't let him.
  • Stephen Malkmus - The barber gives him a platter, a king's scepter, a martini, and a paper crown. We see a closeup of him with a tear rolling down his cheek.
  • Steve West - He asks the barber to cut his hair. Just as he is about to do so, we see that West is suddenly wearing a lizard costume. The barber shakes his head, refusing to give him a haircut.

Each band member has different clothes on when they go back to the bench. After their haircuts, all the band members leave the barbershop very quickly, with Ibold taking a magazine he had been looking at.

In an alternate version of the video, a black-and-white TV in the barber shop played a loop of the band acting silly in Malkmus's apartment.

In popular culture

The video was shown on an episode of the animated series Beavis and Butt-Head, in which Butt-Head sarcastically said of the video, "This is supposed to be funny".

Soundtrack appearances

"Cut Your Hair" was featured on the soundtrack to Jackass: Number Two and A Very Brady Sequel. It is available as a downloadable track for Guitar Hero 5.

External links

Wikimedia Foundation. 2010.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • Johnny Get Your Hair Cut — Infobox Film name = Johnny Get Your Hair Cut image size = caption = director = B. Reeves Eason Archie Mayo producer = writer = Gerald Beaumont Florence Ryerson Ralph Spence narrator = starring = Harry Carey music = cinematography = Frank B. Good… …   Wikipedia

  • Does Your Hair Hang Low — is a song sung in the hippie era and featured on the movie Easy Rider. The song has been sung in many versions over the years the earliest possibly being the Confederate Army song Do Your Ears Hang Low?. Referring to how short one cut ones hair,… …   Wikipedia

  • cut — 1 /kVt/ verb past tense and past participle cut present participle cutting 1 DIVIDE WITH KNIFE ETC (T) to divide something into two or more pieces using a sharp tool such as a knife: Do you want me to cut the cake? | The thieves had cut the phone …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • hair — W1S1 [heə US her] n [: Old English; Origin: hAr] 1.) [U] the mass of things like fine threads that grows on your head ▪ She put on her lipstick and brushed her hair . ▪ I must get my hair cut it s getting very long. ▪ You ve had your hair done… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • Hair weave — Hair weaving is weaving or braiding human or synthetic hair into existing natural hair. It is also known as Hair Integration. The hair extension is woven to cornrowed hair or to small sections of loose hair. Not maintaining hair extensions… …   Wikipedia

  • cut — ► VERB (cutting; past and past part. cut) 1) make an opening, incision, or wound in (something) with a sharp implement. 2) shorten or divide into pieces with a sharp implement. 3) make, form, or remove with a sharp implement. 4) make or design (a …   English terms dictionary

  • cut — cut1 W1S1 [kʌt] v past tense and past participle cut present participle cutting ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬ 1¦(reduce)¦ 2¦(divide something with a knife, scissors etc)¦ 3¦(make something shorter with a knife etc)¦ 4¦(remove parts from film etc)¦ 5¦(make a… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • cut — cut1 [ kʌt ] (past tense and past participle cut) verb *** ▸ 1 use knife/sharp tool ▸ 2 have ability to cut ▸ 3 injure part of body ▸ 4 reduce/lower ▸ 5 on computer ▸ 6 stop something moving/working ▸ 7 make something shorter ▸ 8 divide playing… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • cut — I UK [kʌt] / US verb Word forms cut : present tense I/you/we/they cut he/she/it cuts present participle cutting past tense cut past participle cut *** 1) [transitive] to use a knife, pair of scissors, or other sharp tool to divide something into… …   English dictionary

  • cut — [[t]kʌ̱t[/t]] ♦ cuts, cutting (The form cut is used in the present tense and is the past tense and past participle.) 1) VERB If you cut something, you use a knife or a similar tool to divide it into pieces, or to mark it or damage it. If you cut… …   English dictionary

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”

We are using cookies for the best presentation of our site. Continuing to use this site, you agree with this.