Surfer Rosa

Surfer Rosa

by PixiesPixies


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On little more than Black Francis' yowl, Kim Deal's remedial bass-playing, and Joey Santiago's wall-of-noise guitar, the Pixies became the most popular alternative rock group of the '80s and a harbinger of the revolution to come. Need proof? When Nirvana were but grunge pups they actually considered canning their massive single "Smells Like Teen Spirit" because it sounded like a Pixies rip-off. Maybe they felt they were cribbing the rumbling drive of "Bone Machine" or the mountainous noise of "Gigantic," both from the Pixies 1988 full-length debut, Surfer Rosa. If so, they wouldn't be alone. Surfer Rosa's beguiling mix of swelling guitar, cleverly twisted lyrical imagery, and self-consciously cute, even cuddly, melodies influenced a generation. The album really takes off with Kim Deal's utterly poppy "Gigantic," the heat-blast "Tony's Theme," and Francis' levitating "Where Is My Mind." Today, Surfer Rosa stands with Nevermind and My Bloody Valentine's Loveless as an alt-rock classic.

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Release Date: 05/20/2003
Label: 4Ad
UPC: 0652637803020
catalogNumber: 78030
Rank: 6893

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