Pixies

Come On, Pilgrim

(1987)

[album cover]

  1. Caribou
  2. Vamos
  3. Isla de Encanta
  4. Ed Is Dead
  5. The Holiday Song
  6. Nimrod's Son
  7. I've Been Tired
  8. Levitate Me

This EP was originally a demo album when the Pixies were trying to get a record deal. Good stuff.

Like some other bands, the Pixies rarely have title tracks on their albums, instead using a phrase from a song as the album title. You can hear this album's title in "Levitate Me".

Surfer Rosa

(1988)
  1. Bone Machine
  2. Break My Body
  3. Something Against You
  4. Broken Face
  5. Gigantic
  6. River Euphrates
  7. Where Is My Mind?
  8. Cactus
  9. Tony's Theme
  10. Oh, My Golly
  11. (untitled)
  12. Vamos
  13. I'm Amazed
  14. Brick Is Red

Pretty decent, though I don't seem to listen to it very often. The last couple tracks are a bit of a letdown.

This album's title is from "Oh, My Golly".

The untitled track is Black Francis's side of a conversation with someone in the studio control room. Funny stuff.

Doolittle

(1989)
  1. Debaser
  2. Tame
  3. Wave of Mutilation
  4. I Bleed
  5. Here Comes Your Man
  6. Dead
  7. Monkey Gone to Heaven
  8. Mr. Grieves
  9. Crackity Jones
  10. La La Love You
  11. No. 13 Baby
  12. There Goes My Gun
  13. Hey
  14. Silver
  15. Gouge Away

Except for "Debaser", "Wave", and "Here Comes Your Man", I have a hard time getting into this album, even though I only dislike a couple of tracks.

This album's title is part of "Mr. Grieves".

Bossanova

(1990)

[album cover]

  1. Cecilia Ann
  2. Rock Music
  3. Velouria
  4. Alison
  5. Is She Weird
  6. Ana
  7. All Over the World
  8. Dig for Fire
  9. Down to the Well
  10. The Happening
  11. Blown Away
  12. Hang Wire
  13. Stormy Weather
  14. Havalina

Hot damn! Love this one...

There's not a song by the Pixies that I like more than "All Over the World".

Listen to "Hang Wire" to hear this album's title.

"Stormy Weather" consists entirely of six words—seven or eight if you count "whoa" or "oh".

Hmmm, "Havalina" isn't anything to do with wild pigs (javelinas), is it?

Trompe Le Monde

(1991)
  1. Trompe le Monde
  2. Planet of Sound
  3. Alec Eiffel
  4. The Sad Punk
  5. Head On
  6. UMass
  7. Palace of the Brine
  8. Letter to Memphis
  9. Bird Dream of the Olymus Mons
  10. Space (I Believe In)
  11. Subbacultcha
  12. Distance Equals Rate Times Time
  13. Lovely Day
  14. Motorway to Roswell
  15. The Navajo Know

A handful of good tracks here, but I can't really get into most of it. The end of the CD is kind of a letdown.

Whoa, a title track. And the album/song title is not taken from the song's lyrics.

Did I say that "All Over the World" is my favourite? I guess I did. Well, "Letter to Memphis" is mighty close.

This is the last album of new material so far. Will that change?

I've considered legally changing my name to "Jefrey" (with one 'f') since hearing "Space."

Death to the Pixies

(1997)

Disc 1:

  1. Cecilia Ann
  2. Planet of Sound
  3. Tame
  4. Here Comes Your Man
  5. Debaser
  6. Wave of Mutilation
  7. Dig for Fire
  8. Caribou
  9. Holiday Song
  10. Nimrod's Son
  11. U-Mass
  12. Bone Machine
  13. Gigantic
  14. Where is my Mind
  15. Velouria
  16. Gouge Away
  17. Monkey Gone to Heaven
Disc 2 (live):
  1. Debaser
  2. Rock Music
  3. Broken Face
  4. Isla de Encanta
  5. Hangwire
  6. Dead
  7. Into the White
  8. Monkey Gone to Heaven
  9. Gouge Away
  10. Here Comes Your Man
  11. Allison
  12. Hey
  13. Gigantic
  14. Crackity Jones
  15. Something Against You
  16. Tame
  17. Wave of Mutilation
  18. Where is my Mind
  19. Ed is Dead
  20. Vamos
  21. Tony's Theme

I haven't listened to this in years. Disc 1 is just a "greatest hits" thing and contains nothing I didn't already have. The live disc is ok.

Complete 'B' Sides

(2001)
  1. River Euphrates
  2. Vamos (Live)
  3. In Heaven (Live)
  4. Manta Ray
  5. Weird at My School
  6. Dancing the Manta Ray
  7. Wave of Mutilation (UK Surf)
  8. Into the White
  9. Bailey's Walk
  10. Make Believe
  11. I've Been Waiting for You
  12. The Thing
  13. Velvety Instrumental Version
  14. Winterlong
  15. Santo
  16. Theme from Narc
  17. Build High
  18. Evil Hearted You
  19. Letter to Memphis (Instrumental)

Collection of B-sides and alternate mixes from singles. I'm not too big on tracks 2-4 or 8-10, but the rest is excellent or fun or both.

What's with the manta-ray fixation? (Normally, I wouldn't call two songs on the same subject a fixation, but I'll make an exception in this case, since it's such an odd subject.)


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