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Topic Author's Original Post - Sep 6, 2009 - 02:52am PT


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Sep 6, 2009 - 08:57am PT
I'm in.

Was listening to Surfer Rosa today bumping along in the Libyan Sahara just this morning.
Thanks-great stuff!

mars...it's near nevada...
Sep 6, 2009 - 09:52am PT
they influenced a generation of musicians...totally...

'where is my mind, where is my mind, where is my mind...'

Old Pueblo, AZ
Sep 6, 2009 - 11:19am PT
Oh yeah! Bone Machine!

I have no clue
Sep 6, 2009 - 11:21am PT
Pixies Rule. GWAR sucks.

Big Pine, CA
Sep 6, 2009 - 11:51am PT
Favorite band of all time.

"If we get bored, we'll move to California."

Sep 6, 2009 - 11:54am PT
Long live the Black Francis.

Sep 6, 2009 - 12:07pm PT

Trad climber
San Luis Obispo, Ca.
Sep 6, 2009 - 12:09pm PT
Da Pixies are da SHIZ!
I love it, a PIXIES thread on ST!!!!

Sep 6, 2009 - 12:11pm PT
Speed leaving without
i need some place to sleep tonight
blowing in the rocking of the pine
speed leaving without warning
the sunlight is going
into the mountain
i will crawl
into the mountain
sun shines in the rusty morning
skyline of the olympus mons
i think about it sometimes
sun shines in the rusty morning
once i had a good fly
into the mountain
i will fall.
Wade Icey

Trad climber
Sep 6, 2009 - 03:14pm PT
if man is 5
then the devil is 6
then god is 7
this monkey's gone to heaven

Arkansas, I suppose
Sep 6, 2009 - 03:46pm PT
"Bird Dream of the Olympus Mons" stands out to me, but the Pixies can do no wrong.

edit: dang Mike, you beat me to it, didn't see your post.
Jack Burns

Sep 6, 2009 - 04:04pm PT
"Drive my car into the ocean"

Documentary about Pixies reunion tour

Topic Author's Reply - Sep 6, 2009 - 04:31pm PT


Slicin' up eyeballs... whoa-ho-ho-ho!

I am un chien andalusia...

Social climber
Berkeley, CA
Sep 8, 2009 - 12:24am PT
oh yea, love the Pixies!

Social climber
Newport, OR
Sep 8, 2009 - 01:35am PT
Yay Pixies!!
pip the dog

Mountain climber
planet dogboy
Sep 8, 2009 - 03:39am PT
in the course of an '02 BBC interview, John Peel said that Black Francis (aka: Frank Black) of The Pixies: "had the best mind and the best lyrics of anyone I have ever met."

i say amen. you wanna argue with John Peel?

"Surfer Rosa" would likely be my one (if only one, assuming a gun to my head and all) "desert island" album pick. fwiw, 'Rumor And Sigh' by Richard Thompson would likely be my second choice (another current ST thread). though ideally i could take a whole stack - Dylan, Coltrane, Hildegard Von Bingham, John Gorka - the whole Hwy 50 Carson to Ely collection.

"Cactus" on Surfer Rosa is, at its very core, perhaps the most beautiful (and gentle) love song ever howled over a stratotcaster. granted, on first listen, you'll think that insane (and, properly, dial 9-1-1). but after about 200 listens, the very soul of it overwhelms Frank's screams and the sometimes rather dark imagery. and with that the magic is revealed. don't trust me on this -- just give it 200 or so listens, ideally all alone out in the desert. if that doesn't work, then dial 9-1-1

tonight i wasted all manner of time writing 84 or so paragraphs trying to describe the first time i ever saw The Pixies live. clearly, further reflection and massive editing is required. i'll work on that.

in the mean time, i'll leave you with one wad of it i am rather adamant i won't axe:

"so anyway, this fat guy in a Sears house paint green leisure suit, walks out onto the stage and starts howling "IT'S ED-U-CATIONAL!" and i just stood there in the middle of the slam pit, transfixed. and so did the 6'4" dude with the mighty mohawk who had just recently pinballed me way out into the cheap seats -- then came over, gently picked me up, and said "are you OK, dude?"

i said "i'ah-heem am'uh juuuhst ah fah-hine...".

then he said "dude, i think you need some water or something. you don't look so good. man, you definitely need out of this pit, it's a rough one and you're way too skinny for this gig. listen, my girl is over there and she will give you her seat. are you sure you're ok? do you want a ride home or something?"

yeah, this 260lb guy who would scare even an NFL linebacker, replete with red mohawk all stiff with egg whites and with the muscle tone of Mike Tyson, is there cradling me like an infant and asking if i'm OK...

ah, those were the days.

so anyway, about 3,000 of us ne'er-do-wells got all suddenly very silent and suddenly still listening to this pudgy guy in a way too small pale green leisure suit. somewhere in the midst of all this, while held aloft by a 260lb nice guy who only looked like your worst nightmare, even i came to almost believe that even a skinny monkey like me might someday go to heaven.

a rather memorable moment.

later, when Perry Farrell (and Jane's Addiction, his big time headline band) tried to come out and play -- this after The Pixies like 4th encore. they got furiously boo'ed off the stage to make room for more Pixies -- by me, a 260lb really nice guy in a mohawk, and a couple thousand of our new pals.

The Pixies got fired, by Farrell, that very night. this was like '90 or '91 - at the old SF convention center. (memory gets rather fuzzy that far back -- especially when The Pixies or Nicole were involved.)

if you dig The Pixies (or even if you haven't yet tuned in, converted all of your cash into Korean currency, and gotten into the van) -- do consider that Frank continues to write really great stuff.

truth be told, i myself think his very best stuff is post-Pixies. i especially like the Frank Black And The Catholics gigs.

here's a sneak peek (pulled from an old zombie server i simply cannot kill -- try as i may. in the day i just posted this up for a couple of pals, back when lawyers didn't have computers):



[please, let’s all agree: you didn't find it here. in fact, you never found it at all. right? right.]


‘Run outside in the desert heat
Make your dress all wet, and send it to me’
[lyric frag from ‘Cactus’ – The Pixies]

5, 6, or 7? tough call...
Jim E

Sep 8, 2009 - 10:19am PT
First rule of Fight Club...

chica from chico, I don't claim to be a daisy
Sep 8, 2009 - 11:55am PT
My favorite twisted song...Cactus.

Sitting here wishing on a cement floor..
I'm wishing that i had just something you wore
so bloody your hands on a cactus tree
wipe it on your dress and send it to me..
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