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Discussion in 'Music to Your Ears' started by Dan R, Feb 17, 2020.

  1. Dan R

    Dan R Poster Extraordinaire

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    The Pixies were a band that I wish I had followed closely in the late 80's. They are perhaps the best of that era. This is kind of a then and now take on them.



     
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    I can’t listen to “Smells Like Teen Spirit” without thinking about “Gouge Away.”

    My wife teases me that all the Pixies’ songs sound alike, but I love them.
     
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    Heavy rotation back in the day. Still like to hear Dolittle once in a while!
     
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    Love em.
     
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    Curt Cobain said "Smells Like Teen Spirit" was a Pixies rip off.
     
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    Not my favorite band, but definitely one that got plenty of my attention. There was an interesting intelligence to Charles'/Black Francis/Francis Black's lyrics and ideas.

    "Gouge Away" used to get played with "Where is My Mind" back to back along with "Hey" when they were in concert. I always that was ingenious. Great combination.

    The story is that Charles didn't care for "Here Comes Your Man" because he thought it sounded too commercial, but it is an excellent tune nevertheless.

    "Monkey Gone to Heaven" and "Something Against You" and "Debaser" and "Broken Face" and...well, I could add quite a few. I was listening to them plenty enough a few years ago that it inspired my kids to name their then newly acquired kitten Pixie.
     
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    Love 'em too. I can't honestly say I've loved what they've released post-reformation but those original albums still stand up for me, as some of the best.

    talking of pixies inspired tunes...

     
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    Lucky for him, no one knew who the hell they were... :cool:
     
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    Saw them a couple of months ago. They've absolutely still got it. Even took the wife along who isn't partial to noiseniks and she seemed to dig the contrast between melody and delivery.

    "Doolittle" is one of the truly great albums of all time.
     
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    I love the Pixies, the most overrated underrated, overrated college band since REM :)
     
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    I too love the Pixies...at one point I worshipped Frank Black. Seen them play any number of shows. Saw him a few years ago solo acoustic...just him and a bar stool. He is still a really talented guy. For some it is hard to remember how many bands are influenced by The Pixies....me....I don't forget.
     
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    Yes! Love the Pixies. and Frank Black (Black Francis) is a helluva songwriter, i really dig his solo and the Catholics. check that out as well.
     
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    I don't want to sound like an elitist hipster or anything...but I really was one of the only people I knew that liked them. Most of my friends couldn't get past the screaming and intentionally sloppy guitar playing.

    Then Nirvana came along and suddenly everyone was a fan.

    If you like rock music, I'm not really sure how you can think this isn't a great song.

     
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    Love the Pixies.



    Also Sugar/Husker Du, My Bloody Valentine, and the Cure.
     
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    Did they immediately hit in the US? Due to the fact they were signed to 4AD and Sounds/NME/ Melody Maker never shut up about them, they always seemed quite a big band to me, I seem to recall Sounds giving Surfer Rosa 'Album of the Year'. Almost everyone who was into 'indie music' liked them from the get go. You don't sound like an elitist hipster to me, sounds like you just had friends with poor music taste. ;)
     
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    It's a shame that Frank felt insecure with Kim in the band, they made an excellent vocal combo.
     
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    Well, at least we got The Breeders out of it :D
    Paz is a very good replacement - she's an excellent bassist.
     
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    One of the greatest bands ever. I saw them a few times in the 80s. Fantastic. And their latest album is terrific.

    My 13-year-old son's favourite album is now Dolittle.

    That's my boy.
     
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    Joey Santiago is a top 5 (maybe top 3) guitar influence for me.

    I steel as much **** from him as I can, every week in my band.

    He is like the noisy guitar offspring of Phil Manzanera. Picture of restraint and taste, while still adding to the whole.

    Master class in how to be a true second guitar player in a band. What SOUND does the song need? Not what riff or scale or chord.

    But they all approached it that way.

    I contend Gouge Away is the quintessential Pixies song. I might even have started a thread on it around here a long time ago.

    Love it.
     
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    It seemed like The Pixies didn't get a ton of press here until Kurt Cobain stated dropping their name in interviews.

    My friends liked all kinds of music, but maybe more grown up, intelligent music doesn't speak to you until you yourself are more grown up and intelligent. We weren't in college yet and still trying to wean ourselves off of Iron Maiden and AC/DC. I was a bit of an introvert and liked to read a lot, so that could be why I came around to bands like The Pixies before many of my friends did.
     
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