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Happy Birthday To Mamaroneck'’s Gary 'Plantman' Young

Happy birthday to Gary "Plantman" Young.
Happy birthday to Gary "Plantman" Young. Photo Credit:

MAMARONECK, N.Y. -- Happy Birthday to Mamaroneck’s Gary "Plantman" Young.

Young, who was born in Mamaroneck, turns 63 on Tuesday.

Young, the first drummer of the 1990s indie rock band Pavement, was born May 3, 1953. Stephen Malkmus (vocal, guitar) and childhood friend Scott Kannberg (guitar, vocals) formed Pavement in Stockton, Calif., in 1989. Their first EP, "Slay Tracks (1933-1969)," was recorded at a local studio called Louder Than You Think, which was owned by Young, a then-35-year-old drummer who appeared on the EP. Young would also appear on their next two EPs, "Demolition Plot J-7" and "Perfect Sound Forever," released in 1990 and 1991, respectively, as well as the 1992 debut album, "Slanted and Enchanted." Young began gaining the band a degree of notoriety with his onstage and offstage antics. He was noted for greeting the audience at the door, giving out cabbage, mashed potatoes or cinnamon toast to fans, and doing headstands.

His last release as a member of the group was the EP "Watery, Domestic." He later appeared on the two Spiral Stairs tracks on the "Major Leagues" EP. He later released three albums, "Hospital," "Things We Do for You" and "The Grey Album" under the name Gary Young's Hospital. Young currently markets recording studio products, in particular, the Universal Microphone Shock Mount.

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