🎵 How Good Are They Really 🎵 Pixies

Morning! Everyone ready for another one of these? No? Don’t care, let’s do it anyway.

Here’s the leaderboard after Kendrick

Artist Rating
Aretha Franklin 4.64
Neil Young 4.48
Otis Redding 4.34
David Bowie 4.31
The Beatles 4.31
The Cure 4.28
Björk 4.27
Marvin Gaye 4.21
Stevie Wonder 4.17
PJ Harvey 4.17
Nirvana 4.15
Radiohead 4.13
The Supremes 4.13
Prince 4.11
Wu-Tang Clan 4.11
Kate Bush 4.07
OutKast 4.07
Portishead 4.03
Kendrick Lamar 3.97
Jimi Hendrix 3.93
Joni Mitchell 3.89
Massive Attack 3.89
Bruce Springsteen 3.84
The Clash 3.77
Blondie 3.73
Rage Against The Machine 3.71
ABBA 3.66
Kanye West 3.65
Blur 3.61
Beyoncé 3.54
Bob Marley & The Wailers 3.48
Jeff Buckley 3.47
Madonna 3.4
Toots & The Maytals 3.35
The Smashing Pumpkins 3.3
Elton John 3.28
Kylie Minogue 3.27
Sugababes 3.22
Rihanna 3.19
Led Zeppelin 3.16
Jay-Z 3.14
Taylor Swift 3.14
The Rolling Stones 3.09
The Strokes 3.03
Elvis Presley 3.02
Weezer 3
Girls Aloud 2.93
Britney Spears 2.85
Metallica 2.81
Green Day 2.81
Basement Jaxx 2.75
Oasis 2.71
Lady Gaga 2.61
Queen 2.6
Eminem 2.38
Blink-182 2.21
Adele 2.05

And now lets move on and look at Pixies

Pixies; HGATR?

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Best album

  • Surfer Rosa
  • Doolittle
  • Bossanova
  • Trompe Le Monde
  • Indie Cindy
  • Head Carrier
  • Beneath The Eyrie

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Singles are a bit limited so let’s do best track on Wave Of Mutilation

  • Bone Machine
  • Nimrod’s Son
  • The Holiday Song
  • Caribou
  • Broken Face
  • Gigantic
  • Vamos (Surfer Rosa)
  • Hey
  • Monkey Gone To Heaven
  • Debaser
  • Gouge Away
  • Wave Of Mutilation
  • Here Comes Your Man
  • Tame
  • Where Is My Mind?
  • Into The White
  • Velouria
  • Allison
  • Dig For Fire
  • U-Mass
  • Alec Eiffel
  • Planet Of Sound
  • Winterlong

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The playlist…

One of those gateway bands for me, rinsed Surfer Rosa a huge amount when I was 15 or so. Sadly never saw them with Kim.

That original run of records is brilliant… shame about the rest. Easily ignored though. I’m in a good mood today they can have a 5

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Vamos

  • Surfer Rosa
  • Come on Pilgrim

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just playing Gigantic on the 6 musics as i write

One of those bands that never really hit my radar until that Death To The Pixies compilation dropped in the late 90s, despite being a massive influence on the grunge-era acts I was listening to at the beginning of the decade. Strange, as I was definitely aware of them as I remember an older cousin getting Surfer Rosa for Christmas one year and the cover-art attracting the attention of my 12-year-old self.

Anyway, they’re a 4 for me. Love them when I listen to them, but don’t feel the urge often enough. Didn’t actually mind that last reunion album. Felt like it had a little more of the bite of the earlier stuff. Agree that Indie Cindy and Head Carrier were weak though.

Still haven’t seen them live.

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Yeah absolutely this.

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If Aretha Franklin is 4.64 then the Pixies are 4.74

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My introduction was also the Death to the Pixies compilation, which came out in my second year at university. I was immediately obsessed, and devoured everything released to that point (as did my dad).

In 1999 I went to see Frank Black at the Astoria 2, with my dad. It was one of our first gigs together.

Frank blasting through versions of Holiday Song and Wave of Mutilation, whilst jumping around with my dad, is one of my most joyous memories.

5

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Very good, but another one of those seminal indie bands that don’t quite hit me like they did for others - Joy Division, The Smiths, Husker Du etc. Maybe just not that fussed with the 80s as a whole idk.

4/5, so many bangers but never listen to their full albums - one of the all time Greatest Hits albums too.

Also this total monster

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5/5 for the original run, 0/5 for their return. 4/5 overall due to them absolutely fucking it by recording new material.

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Given them a five but will regret it if they beat Nirvana

This

Have to highlight Trompe Le Monde here. It’s such a good album, really helped by the textures added by Eric Drew Feldman.

The run of ‘Trompe Le Monde’ through to ‘Bird Dream Of The Olympus Mons’ is absolutely perfect and the tracks afterwards, though they’re a bit weirder, are as good as anything else on the album.

It was definitely time to wrap up after this album though, the rift between Frank Black and Kim Deal and become too great. Black was still mining songs from their initial demo (‘Subbacultcha’ and ‘Distance = Rate x Time’) while Deal had already released Pod and was working on Last Splash.

They should have gone the Galaxie 500 way and never reformed and stayed hating each other. I would never have seen them but no great loss. At least they wouldn’t have made those shit recent albums.

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5 based on their initial run. Everything after they reformed falls into my “not the real Pixies” box, so I don’t have to listen to/think about it

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It’s just dawned on me that my dad was the same age in 1999 as I am now. Fuck.

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My first Pixies love was for Velouria when it came out. Still my favourite of theirs.

Great band. Some of the recent stuff is really good too.

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