Rolling Stone 500 Greatest Albums of All Time - Rated 317/500!
The Pixies' finest album is also one of the finest rock albums ever recorded.
Challenging, but catchy; baffling, but fulfilling; It is an uncompromisingly
raw, driving masterpiece of dissonant but tuneful pop, like nothing you've heard
before. Recorded by legend Steve Albini (Big Black, Breeders, PJ Harvey,
Nirvana) in the spring of 1988, Surfer Rosa is still fresh over a decade later.
The thudding drum intro of "Bone Machine" gives way to the stunning chorus of
"Break My Body", which keeps up the bone theme along with "Broken Face." The
best song of the album is "Gigantic" written by both Kim Deal and Black Francis
and sung by Kim. Opening with a simple bass line, with lyrics about two lovers,
it is an unbelievably catchy song. This song should have been a huge, huge hit;
that it wasn't is an indictment of the music industry of 1988.
Side two of the record opens with acoustic guitar on "Where Is My Mind?" Black
Francis' quirky lyrics are at the forefront. "With your feet on the air and your
head on the ground. Where is my mind?" The next track, "Cactus" tells the tale
of a prisoner writing to his wife, "I miss your soup/And I miss your bread/And a
letter in your writin' doesn't mean your not dead. Bloody your hands on a cactus
tree/Wipe it on your dress and send it to me." "Tony's Theme" is about "a
superhero named Tony." Francis' penchant for writing in Spanish appears on the
next two tracks, "Oh My Golly!" and "Vamos", a different version of a Come On
Pilgrim track. The US version of Surfer Rosa ends with "Brick is Red", a song
which ends the album, leaving you begging for more. At 33 minutes, Surfer Rosa
needs no filler, and there is none. Great song follows great song, making this
album the Pixies' greatest and most influential.
"Smack in between hardcore punk and alternative, it was impossible to deconstruct the Pixies' ferocious howl. Their secret weapon was leaping from sweet to screamin' (which Kurt Cobain admitted to boosting): On "Gigantic," Kim Deal sings like Peppermint Patty as the band drives a spike into Eighties rock." - www.rollingstone.com
Black Francis, vocals, guitars
David Lovering, drums
Mrs. John Murphy, bass, vocals
Joey Santiago, lead guitars
1. Bone Machine
2. Break My Body
3. Something Against You
4. Broken Face
6. River Euphrates
7. Where Is My Mind?
9. Tony's Theme
10. Oh My Golly!
12. I'm Amazed
13. Brick Is Red