Pixies - Surfer Rosa
Catalog#: CAD 803
Format: Vinyl, LP, Album, 180 gram LP
Released: 15 Sep 2004
Style: Alternative Rock, Indie Rock
A1 Bone Machine 3:03
A2 Break My Body 2:06
A3 Something Against You 1:48
A4 Broken Face 1:30
A5 Gigantic 3:55
Written-By - Mrs. John Murphy
A6 River Euphrates 2:32
B1 Where Is My Mind? 3:53
B2 Cactus 2:17
B3 Tony's Theme 1:52
B4 Oh My Golly! 1:47
B5 Vamos 5:06
B6 I'm Amazed 1:42
B7 Brick Is Red 2:01
Art Direction [Sleeve], Design - Vaughan Oliver
Bass, Vocals - Mrs. John Murphy
Drums - David Lovering
Lead Guitar - Joey Santiago
Mastered By [Cut] - Jonz
Photography - Simon Larbalestier
Producer, Engineer - Steve Albini
Vocals, Guitar, Written-By - Black Francis
& © 1988 4·A·D
Recorded and mixed at 2-Division, Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.A.
Mastered at Loud Mastering, Taunton, UK.
Pressed at United Record Pressing, Nashville, TN.
Sleeve art direction and design at 23 Envelope.
Printed in England.
Comes with full original artwork including thick printed inner sleeve.
Barcode and Other Identifiers
Matrix Number (Side A, Hand-etched): CAD-803-A1 WITHA V' F LOUD
Matrix Number (Side B, Hand-etched): CAD-803-B1 NUDISM JONZ
The Pixies "Surfer Rosa" is an amazing experience. This 1988 album is a superb mix of brilliant songwriting, insane lyrics, abrasive guitars and stunning melody. Many of the songs are brutal, with heavily distorted guitars and strange lyrics about incest and injury, yet they are often quite catchy and melodic. This single album influenced more bands than any other album of the late 80s. But none of them can ever even hope of making something even half as brilliant as Surfer Rosa.
The first song, "Bone Machine" is a classic. It's the quintessential Pixies song. Also, listen to it and you'll realize how much they influenced Nirvana. "Break My Body" and "Something Against You" are fast and furious, "Broken Face" is one the best Pixies songs. "Gigantic" is haunting and beautiful, with thunderous guitars and drums swirling around Kim Deal's lone bass and beautiful voice. "River Euphrates" is all about melody.
"Where is my Mind?" is the climax of the album, and possibly the best song made in the 80s. It is chillingly beautiful and unforgettable. If you haven't heard it, it's the song used over the credits at the end of Fight Club (great movie). "Cactus" is different, and "Tony's Theme" rocks. Although the last four songs don't seem quite as focused, they are still excellent.
Pixies - Where Is My Mind (Fight Club)
Best movie and song of the 21st Century.
Pixies - Bone Machine
Surfer Rosa and Doolittle are such wonderful albums.
Pixies - Gigantic
According to Deal, the main inspiration for the song was the film Crimes of the Heart, in which a married woman falls in love with a black teenager and the song "Gigantic" is credited to Mrs John Murphy (Kim Deal's pseudonym at the time of Come On Pilgrim and Surfer Rosa and an ironic feminist joke).
The song's voyeuristic lyrics mostly revolve around a woman's observation of an attractive black man making love to another woman, culminating in the oddly light-hearted but sexual chorus: "Gigantic, gigantic, gigantic / A big, big love". Francis later commented on the title of the song and the chorus (in the music magazine SELECT), saying:
"A good chord progression, very Lou Reed influenced. I'd had the word 'gigantic' in my mind just because the chord progression seemed very big to me."
The melody, particularly at the beginning, differs between the album and EP version.
Off the Pixies Debut Album, Surfer Rosa
Pixies - Cactus
My favorite pixies song