Surfer Rosaby Pixies
On little more than Black Francis' yowl, Kim Deal's remedial bass-playing, and Joey Santiago's wall-of-noise guitar, the Pixies became the most popular alternative rock group of the '80s and a harbinger of the revolution to come. Need proof? When Nirvana were but grunge pups they actually considered canning their massive single "Smells Like Teen Spirit" because it sounded like a Pixies rip-off. Maybe they felt they were cribbing the rumbling drive of "Bone Machine" or the mountainous noise of "Gigantic," both from the Pixies 1988 full-length debut, Surfer Rosa. If so, they wouldn't be alone. Surfer Rosa's beguiling mix of swelling guitar, cleverly twisted lyrical imagery, and self-consciously cute, even cuddly, melodies influenced a generation. The album really takes off with Kim Deal's utterly poppy "Gigantic," the heat-blast "Tony's Theme," and Francis' levitating "Where Is My Mind." Today, Surfer Rosa stands with Nevermind and My Bloody Valentine's Loveless as an alt-rock classic.
- Release Date:
- 4ad / Ada
Performance CreditsPixies Primary Artist
Black Francis Guitar,Vocals
David Lovering Drums
Joey Santiago Guitar
Kim Deal Bass,Vocals
Technical CreditsFrank Black Composer
Steve Albini Producer,Engineer
Black Francis Composer
Paul Q. Kolderie Engineer
Vaughan Oliver Art Direction
Gary E. Smith Producer
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I first heard one of the songs from this band in the movie Fight Club. I loved the awkwardness and yet strangly liberated feeling I got from the movie and whenever I reached the credits I would listen to ''Where is my mind?'' over and over to keep that feeling. I searched for this CD for a while because for some reason they didn't put the song on the soundtrack.
It provided the blueprint for the rest of alternative rock of the 90s. Thumping bass lines, dissonant-but-melodic guitar lines, and personal-yet-enigmatic lyrics with hidden universal meaning -- the Pixies put it all in there before "Nevermind" or "Ten" or "Siamese Dream." Expand your knowledge just a bit, listen to a Pixies album.
This band has many coplexities all proven with this album. Surfer Rosa is possibly the best of thier five albums, but it is difficult to distinguish if any one album is better than another. This album is sure to give lasting pleasure. Unlike most music, this band never grows tiresome. If you like eccentric, you will like this. Guaranteed to please.
If you don't like the Pixies, you can't like rock n'roll, or at least you don't understand it.For those naive kids that think that Modest Mouse invented depressing,ironic,clever rock n' roll, you haven't heard the Pixies.