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Surfer Rosa

Pixies

1988

Surfer Rosa

Album Summary

Surfer Rosa is the debut studio album by the American alternative rock band Pixies, released in March 1988 on the British label 4AD. It was produced by Steve Albini. Surfer Rosa contains many of the elements of Pixies' earlier output, including Spanish lyrics and references to Puerto Rico. It includes references to mutilation and voyeurism alongside experimental recording techniques and a distinctive drum sound. As 4AD was an independent label, distribution in the United States was handled by British label Rough Trade Records; however, it failed to chart in either country. Only one single was released, a rerecorded version of "Gigantic", and reached number 93 on the UK Singles Chart. Surfer Rosa was rereleased in the US by Elektra Records in 1992, and in 2005 was certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America. Surfer Rosa is often included on critics' lists of the best rock albums. Alternative rock artists including Billy Corgan and PJ Harvey have cited it as an inspiration; it was an influence on Nirvana's 1991 album Nevermind.

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  • Rock
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5

While 'Doolittle' is still the Pixies' magnum opus from my perspective, I can't not give this album a 5 star rating. The music is often times bizarre, manic, and yet it maintains an infectious consistency that ranges from enjoyable (Brick is Red, Cactus) to eff'in brilliant (Bone Machine, Vamos, Broken Face, Something Against You). Songs like 'Broken Face' and 'Something Against You' strike me as avante garde punk rock, and the results are amazing. Additionally, while I've heard it countless times and it has somewhat lost its luster, 'Where Is My Mind?' is probably one of the best songs I've ever heard.

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4.5 | Cuando hablaba del Doolittle mencionaba que en general me gustaba más ese disco que Surfer Rosa, hoy que volví a escuchar este de nuevo creo que los tengo que poner por igual. Es cierto que el sonido aquí es un poco más dividido, pareciera que la mitad de las canciones todavía arrastran un monton de punk y la otra mitad son mucho más melódicas y casi pop. No será en mi opinión hasta el siguiente disco que el sonido se oye más unido y propio; a pesar de esto no hay duda que el disco ya suena exacto a lo que son los Pixies esa extraña pero exacta combinación de lo aspero y feo con lo bello. La manera en que mezclan sus elementos es perfecta. Esa forma en que puedes mezclar melodía, armonía y los gritos desesperados de Black Francis junto con guitarras chillantes es una receta cuyo resultado toda mi vida ha resonado en mi cabeza de la manera correcta. Graciosamente creo que quizá mi canción favorita en ese aspecto es Vamos; esa mezcla de gritos, tambores exagerados, ruido, español, es una canción que a ratos sientes como si se fuera a desmenuzar y caer por completo pero termina siendo simplemente espectacular. Casi no hay bandas que pueden hacer que ese tipo de combinación de elementos funcionen. Bone machine siempre agradable, con una grabación lo-fi del original que parece que está en mono y con esa letra sin sentido que solo puede hacer Francis. Gigantic una de las mejores vueltas al bajo de los pixies con letra pegajosa, un coro excelente y a la mitad se vuelve rara pero aun mejor cuando se plantan en un riff continuo que se va al infinito. Where is My Mind... sí, inevitablemente vive incrustada en mi cabeza ahora ligada a la escena de Fight Club, para bien y para mal (en su momento a los 17 años muy impresionante para bien, hoy en día quizá no para mal pero se siente estancada en ese momento), con una letra, de nuevo de Black Francis al surrealismo extremo (de verdad escuchen lo que dice y traten de darle sentido). Él disco excelente, creo hoy en día me gusta por igual que Doolitle a pesar de lo dispar de las canciones. Le doy un crédito extra porque aparte tiene esos diálogos e historias grabadas en el estudio que dan algunos de los breaks con conversaciones más extrañas, graciosas y de temas difíciles que se pueden encontrar. YOU FUCKING DIE!

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5

I grew up listening to this and the other Pixies albums. Pixies still sound brand new and timeless. Itch scratching-ly human.

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5

Pixies being their twisted, awkward selves on this fine, fine record. Frank Black screeches his way through track after track of weird subject matter accompanied by a thumping rhythm section and a brilliant solo guitarist in Joey Santiago. Experimental recording techniques keep things lively and the quiet-noisy template inspired numerous bands after this. This alt rock classic features two stand out classics: Where is my Mind? is a beautiful, if unsettling, pop tune and Gigantic, featuring a sublime Kim Deal on vocals and bass, rocks out into a transcendent outro. A brilliant, classic album.

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5

Surfer Rosa certainly starts out with a bang. Bone Machine has irresistible forward momentum, hooks galore, and the idiosyncratic (no, bonkers) vocal style of Frank Black, which could be the result of a mild case of Tourette's Syndrome but it more likely influenced by Pere Ubu. There is a fair amount of variety in the songwriting, but one thing that sticks out is the way that Black pieces his tunes together from jagged phrases that could be any length. Oddly enough, it never feels haphazard, and all of the Black penned songs have a family resemblance. I'd bet if wrote these out in musical notation and compared them, they would visually resemble one another. The energy, aggression, and attitude feel punk, but what's going on here is far more complex than that. The now cliche soft loud dichotomy is threaded through the album, but it sounds as fresh today as it must have then. In fact, the music is full of dichotomies straining against one another, creating tension and release. There's the yin/yang of the Kim Deal and Frank Black vocals, the driving rock numbers and the gentler tunes like Where Is My Mind?, melodic phrases versus shrieking, and more. Another thing that must be noted is the consistency of the songwriting and performances. There are standouts, but there are no real weak links. I also appreciate the loopy, Lynchian lyrics on subjects that subjects that rarely if ever appear in popular music. Try as I might, I can't think of one thing to criticize about Surfer Rosa. Steve Albini's production sometimes strikes me as unpleasantly dry, but here, for this material, it's perfect. The performances are a tad rough around the edges, but that's part of the aesthetic. I can understand someone not liking Surfer Rosa or the Pixies in general. They're unruly and strange. But if you're open to what they're trying to do, it's hard to see how Surfer Rosa could be improved.

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5

Amazing how Kim and Black Francis vocals intertwine - both voices have the right amount of grit. This band met in the online personal of the Boston Phoenix paper. . . The ‘sleeper’ in this album is Joey Santiago’s riffs - magic tones that are spaced out perfectly. Love how their music is tight in parts ans has pop sensibilities in other parts but is also loose and raw.

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5

Way cooler than I’ll ever be

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5

This album sit in my all time top 10, maybe top 5. The Pixies are such a huge part of my music fan development and really steered me in a specific direction. And this album is such a classic. I love every minute of it.

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5

UNO DE MIS DISCOS FAVORITOS. SI TENGO QUE ESCRIBIR DE ÉL LO HAGO EN MAYÚSCULAS. ARTE.

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5

Wow this was amazing. Every track was awesome. A delight to the ears. Some of the "hits" I had heard before, but I never really realized that they were Pixies tracks. A new favorite.

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5

A classic rock album in my opinion even if it doesn't sound classic. This is their rawest most punk album and the vocals are more deranged than the later albums

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5

Before I even start, this is going to get five stars. It's a near perfect album. I visited the pub where they shot the front cover on a pilgrimage with one of my best friends... Who I befriended at 14 because he was the only other person I knew who the Pixies were. I'm up to Gigantic (a beautiful song) and I realise these songs are too much a part of my life for any objective criticism. I can't hear Broken Face or Tony's Theme without smiling. Where Is My Mind has a cultural weight all of its own. David Bowie covered Cactus and it blew my mind that two of the most important acts in my life had come together in a moment. The fact I got into them in the 90s when the CD bundled Come On Pilgrim onto the end of the disc means it's shorter than I expected (I'll also give that EP five stars too. I'll give their entire career - pre reforming - five stars). Maybe four stars for the final album. A perfect album, a near perfect band. * Afterthoughts - given all the column inches dedicated to the rise of Latinx pop in recent years, Pixies were doing it 34 years ago. I have also used "YOU F*CKIN DIE" and, "It was just so hush hush" in casual conversation to this day to weed out fellow fans!

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5

That's an automatic 5 from me. Have loved this album for a long time. The guitar line from "Bone Machine" is one of my most frequently occurring self generating ear worms, and I _still_ love it. Fave track - it could literally be any of them, I love them all. On this play through, let's say "Gigantic"...

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5

I've always resisted listening to the Pixies. I've remarked on my review of OK Computer that I postponed listening to it for over 20 years, and I guess I developed a similar cringe towards a band so similarly heralded by critics. Also, I've never liked Where is my Mind?; its ubiquity as an alt-rock anthem didn't ease my stomach one bit. So, my actual knowledge of the Pixies was essentially goose egg. And I was an idiot. A proper kegs-on-head silly Billy. It annoyingly turns out that Surfer Rosa is a genuinely great album, and the praise it has received over the last three decades is fully warranted. One thing nobody told me was that Surfer Rosa is rather fun, and indeed rather funny. Considering the eulogising this album generates, I was expecting something portentious, not a lean, good-humoured plate of post-punk irreverence. Also, as much as I have grimaced at the constant employment of Where is my Mind? by directors seeking a bit of Gen X cred, the song really makes sense and blossoms when played as part of the album. I am very pleased to have been wrong. Also, there are boobies on the cover. Just think you should know.

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5

Magnificent! Every note is a triumph for awkward weirdo oddballs everywhere. This band changed the game in a major way with this album and subsequent albums. They’ve influenced everyone I love musically and I’m so grateful for their sonic contributions to the world. And this isn’t even my favourite Pixies album!! Black Francis is a pioneering genius and Kim Deal is an otherworldly badass being. All hail Pixies!

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5

An angry fat man (and his band) who is chewing on hornets spits his words about UFO's, superheroes, broken bones, psychotic meltdowns, love that can smother you, the Gaza Strip, the Dead Sea...and thank god he does because it's fucking brilliant. Best Tracks: Gigantic; Where Is My Mind?; Tony's Theme

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5

This album blew me away when I first heard it, because I hadn't really listened to anything like it before. It wasn't punk, it wasn't pop, it wasn't mopey art rock. I proceeded to listen to it over and over and over. I still don't get tired of it. Do I get it all? No. Do I care? Not a lick.

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5

10 stars. This album is foundational to me as a human being. I developed a crush on a girl because she looked almost exactly like the lady on this cover. I can't separate this album from myself. When I look in the mirror, all I see is Surfer Rosa. I'm a little snobbishly put out that 'Where Is My Mind' got so mainstream there for a while. It was a song only I knew about, dammit. This is an unbroken string of great songs, even though toward the end it sounds like they just threw a bunch of outtakes on the thing to fill it out. Don't say a cross word about it or I'll cut you.

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5

pretty good punk, honestly it sounded a little generic the first time listening through but after the second listen I picked up on some of the experimentation they did and I think it’s actually pretty damn cool overall really liked this, 9/10

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5

This is one of my favorite albums of all time. 5 stars, every day, across the board. I have been listening to the Pixies for more than 30 years and will never be bored of them.

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5

Only knew where is my mind, one of the all time greatest tracks. Incredible album all round, very impressed.

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5

The first Pixies album I ever owned and probably still my favorite. Has a raw energy to it, almost an unhinged quality at times, that I find really thrilling. They really seem to embrace their inner weirdo while laying down their abrasive but addictive hooks.

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5

It's the pixies! My cool friend showed me fight club in high school (i mean, he did drugs, and hold older siblings... but now he's a marketing director who DJ's on the side, so... already your judgement of cool is suspect). Anyway, FIGHT CLUB. Where is my mind starts playing as civilization collapses, and that part of you, that feels conviction about things whispers in your ear, "this band fucking rules. you should fucking listen to them... but you're on the fence about Helena Bonham Carter. You're a TEEN so you don't, like, feel total conviction. You're not a psychopath. You're just a hoopy frood that wants to say things at parties like: 'That lyric is based on an experimental french film called Un Chien Andalou,' so that people know you like, know stuff and are cool and relatable." So, you take a trip with frank black to alt/noise/rock land (Amherst, Massachusetts). But you're skeptical of surfer rosa. Well, not her specifically. She looks great. You're very happy with her wardrobe. But the album she's on the cover of is A LITTLE weird. Where is my mind is so... accessible. But what's this bone machine about? Why does he pronounce broken face like broken fist in an insane falsetto voice. It's just. ROugh. It's pretty lo-fi. He's so squeaky sounding sometimes! Why is he doing that? The girl is a nice foil. We like her. what's her deal? But you go on to another pixies album because, honestly, that was not the band you felt like you were going to be listening to when you finished fight club. Luckily, Doolitle is out and that's more approachable. SO you listen to that and you're like, cool. really cool. I like the pixies. I am a pixies fan. And then one day you come back to surfer rosa and you realize it's a masterpiece. Is it the emperor's new clothes? Do I have different ears now? Am I older? Is this a band's band? Probably. But you like it. You're a real pixies fan now.

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5

Everyone's heard 'Where is my Mind?', but it was nice to discover other songs on this album that I liked such as 'Bone Machine' and 'Tony's Theme'. There's some cool punky songs, more alternative stuff. Good album.

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5

It’s not just the crazy lyrics, the anarchic themes, the roots of grunge, or the wonder that is Kim Deal that we have to thank the Pixies (and Black Francis) for, but it’s also that. What a lovely debut.

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5

Favorite Songs: Where Is My Mind, Broken Face, Gigantic, Vamos (Surfer Rosa), Bone Machine, River Euphrates, Cactus Least Favorite Songs: Brick Is Red Things I knew about Pixies before listening to this include their Fight Club feature, and Kurt Cobain's praise of them; but I hadn't really put the time into actually delving deep in their material. I'm so glad I did. Seriously, this album is simultaneously one of the best sounding and completely insane alternative records I've ever heard. The imagery it invokes and the way its produced show a cobbled together lust-filled pile of ideas, being expertly combed through and arranged into a grand punk statement. The sweet simplicity of twanging guitars and primal yelps bring interrupted by a beautiful humming melody, a casual conversation, or a shocking level of depraved lyrics is what makes this album so uncompromising and special. unforgettable.

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4

Classic album, even today no one sounds like the pixies. Love how they’re able to blend more commercial sounds with some of their more out there ideas. A lesser band wouldn’t be able to pull that off

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4

I had mainly listened to Dolittle beforehand, skipping Surfer Rosa in fear of some commercial indie stuff as I knew it was the "Where is my mind album". Boy was I wrong. I've never felt so wrong in my life. What a great album.

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The first time I listened to the Pixies I was about 13 years old. The sound guy at a concert I had gone to kept playing Gigantic over and over on the speakers while we were waiting for the band to come out. A couple of days later I got a comp for like 4dls and it was so good that I had to get their albums one by one. Surfer Rosa was the one that caught my attention the most -wouldn't know why- and so it was the first I got. It holds a very special place in my heart since then

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4

Been meaning to explore the Pixies for years, and never gotten around to it. Before this, "Where Is My Mind?" (thanks, "Fight Club!") and "Here Comes Your Man" were essentially the only songs of theirs that I knew, and they're not exactly super-similar stylistically, so I wasn't sure what this album was going to sound like. It's much rawer than I expected; it's easy to picture them banging these songs out in a garage. "Something About You" had a little ska flavor, which was a surprise, as was the fact that Kim Deal had the lead vocals on "Gigantic"--I thought she basically stuck to chorus/background vocals (until her Breeders days, obviously). "Where Is My Mind?" feels like the standout track here (and not just because it's the only one I was familiar with), but "Gigantic" also got my attention, as did "Bone Machine," and I thought "Cactus" and "Tony's Theme" were an appropriately playful pair to follow the heavier "Where Is My Mind?" I could have done with a little less instrumental ramblings in the middle of "Vamos (Surfer Rosa)," but that didn't stop me from enjoying it. Overall, I really enjoyed the album. Not sure how many of these songs will end up getting thrown into my regular rotation, but "Gigantic" will definitely be one of them.

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Pretty good if this is a high school garage band. Only 33 minutes long, so that's good.

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2

More an ep with some b sides than an album. Hard to know if songs are fully formed, or did they just record it and if lightning struck they caught it, and if not they still commanded it to tape.

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Ce générateur a complètement vrillé en une succession d'albums rock tout plus insignifiants les uns que les autres ce qui fait que je ne suis en rien surpris de tomber sur celui-ci. Une seule éclaircie au milieu de ce chahut, le morceau "Where Is My Mind" m'a provoqué un "Ah c'est eux ça ?!" très agréable. Suffisant pour m'empêcher de leur vomir dessus ? Oh que non : deux sur cinq.

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Surfer Rosa by Pixies (1988) Before today I was completely unfamiliar with this album, but I was very familiar with Nevermind by Nirvana (1991). It’s amazing how many riffs, grooves, and stylistic choices were borrowed by Nirvana from Surfer Rosa by Pixies (This was acknowledged by Kurt Cobain in 1992). I spotted over a dozen on just one listen. But there’s a huge qualitative difference between Nevermind and Surfer Rosa. To wit, (1) Nirvana is disciplined and precise, whereas Pixies are on the ‘garage’ end of grunge. (2) Cobain’s voice has soul, whereas the Black Francis/Kim Deal duets on Surfer Rosa are like duets between a fingernail and a blackboard. And (3) Nirvana’s depictions of torment and psychic terror evoke sympathy, whereas Pixies’ fixations on sexual idiosyncrasies evoke a response midway between eye rolling disdain and head shaking embarrassment. This is not to say that Surfer Rosa is entirely devoid of artistic merit. But it is difficult to listen to. The track “Where Is My Mind?” is interesting enough, however the question in the title remains unanswered. But David Lovering’s excellent driving drums, Joey Santiago’s inventive lead guitar riffs, Kim Deal’s moving bass lines, and that weird locker room ambience of Black Francis’ vocal channels are all creative and entrancing. I could learn to like this, but only temporarily. 2/5

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So this is just straight up noise. Don't believe me ... try "Something Against You". Not bad enough for you, move on to "Broken Face". Squeaky voice and no-talent guitar wailing. But wait you say, they had a hit song with "Where is my Mind?". Have you actually listened to that song? Disjointed, screamy, repetitive, gee what's not to like. "Tonys Theme" - really. Hard to believe the produced allowed that to be included. Then the title song "Vamos" just finishes this album off with bad drumming, unintelligible lyrics and some guitar masterbation that is just downright painful to hear. F-

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'Where is My Mind?' is the only good song on this album

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5

"Deranged" in only a way the Pixies have ever really managed. Super ahead of the times. Frank Black really sounds like he's only just holding the shreds of his sanity, and this album is the cathartic breakdown. Favorite tracks: "Tony's Theme", "Oh My Golly!", "Vamos"

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5

Good rock

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5

Good. Fight club song

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5

I love this album.

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5

amazing

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5

Just goood

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5

Delicious

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5

Awesome overly loud gated snare

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5

It never gets old or fails to excite.

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5

5 Stars. I really enjoyed this album. I'm surprised I haven't heard of them before today.

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5

Reminds me a bit of the White Stripes (or rather: the White Stripes reminds me a bit of them). I can hear a bit of Sublime as well. It feels like Scott Pilgrim. Added to my collection.

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5

Después de Dr. Doolittle estuve buscando este disco mucho tiempo. Todo el mundo hablaba bien de él y la verdad es que merece la pena. Algunas de estas canciones son auténticos himnos Indie: Bone Machine, Gigantic, Oh My Golly! o Vamos (Surfer Rosa).

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5

Outstanding.

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5

Este es un disco que sí había oído, pero quizá siempre tengo más presente Doolittle. De cualquier forma, discazo, con su toque pank, sucio, directo. Las letras a veces no tienen sentido, pero es el punto. Aunque lo disfruto todo, diré que esa parte de en medio: de "Gigantic" a "Cactus" me emociona particularmente, y claro, también "Vamos". En fin, ya qué más: 10/10

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5

Immer noch eines meiner liebsten

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5

Where is my mind?

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5

Easy 5. Great album, some absolute classics, inventive throughout

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5

hell yeah - always a pleasure.

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5

Nostalgic moments from "Where is my mind?"

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5

best , best , best

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5

Always up for some Pixies.

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5

Better than Doolittle imo

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5

One of their best!

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5

Extremely fun, short and sweet. Some really classic, hummable tunes and one song that everyone knows from a scene in a great movie

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5

This is a song about a superhero named Tony. It's called Tony's Theme

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5

good album 100/10

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5

Loved it

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5

Kind of awesome. Love the chaotic energy and sense of fun. Have never heard any of their songs before, but I can see that they must have influenced Black Midi. Will definitely listen to this one again.

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5

Exciting, rock, indie, fun. I still love this more than 30 years later.

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5

Is it really necessary to ask?

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5

I really like this album, it's incredibly fun, and I'm not exactly the most experienced with the pixies I do like most of their work. At times I feel like I am listening to the white stripes, maybe jack white had some vocal influence from this group? Not sure, I don't super think it matters. But, I do think it is quite fun to hear it in action. Also, Nice.

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5

Great album - one of my all time favorites. Personally, my favorite Pixies record, though Doolittle is great as well I think I prefer this one. Such a great band, Albini on the boards... can't go wrong. Punk rock classic.

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5

Loved the album. A different approach to pre-grunge.

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5

teen spirit

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5

BEST BEST BEST every single song is genius.

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5

Þetta band. Þetta sánd. Elska þau!

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5

Dit album was precies iets harder dan ik mij herinner. En dat maakt het zeker niet minder goed! Blijft een topplaat

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5

Positively breathtaking. Extraordinary. Wholly original music.

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5

YAHHHHHHHHH not my fave pixies album but still amazing

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5

Legendary

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5

Fucking awesome! Masterpiece!!

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5

Enjoyed

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5

HOHOHO MUST LISTEN

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5

Banda muito legal! Também não conhecia. Tem referências não muito convencionais, falas espontâneas em algumas canções e uma ideia de experimentação em tudo. O som em si é bacana demais. Li que serviu de referência para Kurt Cobain, em 1991.

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5

I bought this album earlier this year, so it's an easy review for me. If you told me that this album was made a decade after it was released, I would believe you. I would also still think that the album was really good. It's so far ahead of its time that it's hard to talk about this album in isolation from all of the music in the 90s that it directly spawned. A lot of the formula for Nirvana's success is well developed already in Surfer Rosa. The songs are fun and well crafted. The combination of Frank Black and Kim Deal is excellent; they sound so good when they harmonize. It's actually a shame that Where Is My Mind will be forever associated with Fight Club, because this album has aged much better than that movie has It's the quintessential 90s album released in 1988. 5/5

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5

Perfection. So much juice!

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5

So many brilliant bass lines in this one, I absolutely love it.

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5

It's impossible to rank those original era Pixies albums, at least the first three. 'Bossanova' is probably my favourite, then maybe this one, then 'Doolittle' and 'Trompe Le Monde' fourth. And I really love Doolittle and some days it is their best. That Pixies at Brixton show on YouTube in 1991 is amazing if you haven't seen it. While No Kim, No Deal might be true, that last album (Beneath The Eyrie) wasn't too bad. Their best since Trompe Le Monde

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5

already loved it!

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5

What a sound.

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5

Great album, high energy and fun.

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5

Bangin

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5

Where is the mind

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5

Super enjoyable, grungy and fresh.

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5

Over the years this has become one of my favourite albums. Challenging, jarring, just plain wierd in places but so beautiful and uplifting. I remember seeing this in a cousin's record collection when it came out but never got to listen to it properly until a couple of years later. By then It was all about Doolittle for me. The songs on here are so amazing, Gigantic, Bone Machine and Where is My Mind all classics. And the skit songs, show the band didn't take themselves anywhere near as seriously as some of their fans

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5

WOOOOO Prefs: TOUT Moins pref: RIEN

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5

When I was a kid, a friend gave me a cassette, with the first half of this album tacked on one side (remember we use to do that to fill-up the 90 minute cassettes). There was no track listing, no credit, no information at all to explain what was leaping out of the speakers at me. They might have told me it was a friend's band's demo - how could I know? In some ways I feel sorry that mysteries like this denied to kids nowadays by the everpresent internet. I love the Pixies, everything about them, and they are even better live. Who else has this sharp crackly sound, unique worldview. Haven't come across Doolittle on this list yet, but it will get a 5 too!

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5

Still amazing

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5

(Finnst að Come on pilgrim eigi að vera með). Ótrúleg nostalgía og án hennar veit ég ekki hvort ég hefði þol fyrir mestu cacófóníunni, en þetta er bara algerlega málið. Jú, Doolittle er betri, en þessi fær samt fullt hús.

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5

Like SHARK tearing through a paddling pool full of toddlers. In a good way.

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5

Instantly makes me think of SHARK ruthlessly pulverising a group of small children in a paddling pool. He's having a good time and so am I listening to this. Go on, SHARK, you big noncy menace.

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5

Like a paddling pool full of kids violating SHARK. Something like that anyway, I didn't go on the the lads holiday so I missed the memo.

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5

where is my mind?

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5

The 2nd best Pixies album. Everything they did up to, and including Doolittle is great. The only flaw this album has is that it isn't Doolittle which better be on this list considering some of the crap that is. Every song is very good to great. Essential listening to anyone who likes alternative rock/indie/punky stuff if you ask me.

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5

Iconic now, but so off-kilter back then. And yet, this record literally changed the course of rock history, thanks to its angular dynamics, its surreal ambience, the power it had evocating lust and madness and everything in between, not to mention Steve Albini's heavy drum sound (that will then be used to great effects for so many other rock acts). Black Francis' songwriting was also one-of-a-kind--and it seems that even Francis himself has now lost the precious formula behind the creation of those incredible songs... But the real miracle here is that had a different musician replaced one of the four in Pixies, nothing would have worked as well as it does here. Of course, there's Francis' crazed yelps and hectic rhythm guitar chords, unmistakably his ; but there's also David Lovering's oddball rhythms, unmistakably his, too ; or Joey Santiago's surf-flavored solos and hooks drenched in hot sauce, unmistakably his as well ; and Kim Deal's hypnotic basslines and husky background vocals, unmistakably hers. And the songs... "Break My Body", " Bone Machine", "River Euphrates", "Gigantic" (one of the best Kim Deal compositions ever), " Where Is My Mind", "Vamos" ... All stone-cold classics now. Number of albums left to review or just listen to: 815 Number of albums from the list I find relevant enough to be mandatory: 100 (including this one) Albums from the list I *might* include in mine later on: 46 Albums from the list I will certainly *not* include in mine (many others are more important): 41

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5

Where is my mind? is in my top 3 songs ever. Gigantic is great and rest is good.

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5

i have heard a lot about pixies and this album but i never gave them a listen. i regret that choice. and every second i missed out on this amazing beautiful album. perfection. album cover: 10/10 album listen: 100/10

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5

Guitar noise goodness Gigantic and where is my mind are so memorable Sounds so clear and crisp, production really helps add to the strength of the album

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5

Great

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5

Wonderful

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5

An absolute work of genius. Every moment still as good as the first time I heard it. Came from nowhere and will last forever. Other bands wanted to be Pixies

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5

Excellent. Pure pleasure

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4

Classic.

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4

duh

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4

Where is my mind?

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4

A perfect connection point between post punk and new wave to the grunge and alt rock of the nineties. Super distinctive lead guitar and drums, and Kim’s voice is a perfect addition throughout. Obviously the singles are the best songs but even with all the experimentation the album sounds cohesive.

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4

4.2

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4

Bone machine, where is my mind (classic) Not too bad!

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4

Oke, I know this one. these dudes are crazy, love them.

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4

Un classqiue des années 1990

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4

When this first came out, I thought it sounded unpolished and too raw. I thought it was garbage. Little did I know how good garbage can be. I grew to love the album over time and the rawness. QuietLoud, baby!

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4

Tomemos en cuenta que en aquel momento gigantic fue el único sencillo del disco, que gran rola pero WTF que hable sobre el pene de un negro, aunque es tan ligera la rola que ahora es un himno. Rolas cargadas de lo-fi bien hecho y tener otro himno como Where is my mind? También recuerdo la primer vez que vi la portada del CD fue muy impactante. Sin duda un álbum cargado de energía para una generación de inadaptados

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4

Better than I expected.

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4

They had a different sound from what i expected from 'where is my mind'. Although it's my favorite song from the album, it doesn't speak for the sound of the album as a whole.

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4

Great

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4

Awesome crunchy, gritty sound

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4

El disco pasado de Pixies la música fue muy buena y las letras no me dejaron terminar de disfrutarlo. En esta ocasión la música sigue siendo buena y las letras me son mucho más agradables. Supongo que son más melódicos y menos estridentes? menos punketos? Supongo que eso me dejó disfrutarlo más. 3.5 que creo que sube a 4 porque sí lo puedo volver a poner y disfrutarlo. Songs: Break my body, Gigantic, Brick is Red y obviamente Where is my mind? (Tururu tu turururu!!)

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4

Excellent album! Je ne connaissais pas Pixies au delà de la fameuse «Where is my mind».

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4

J'ai adoré ça, du bon punk rock. C'était pas des hits mais c'était tout le temps bien fait. J'hésitais entre 3 et 4 étoiles, mais la paire de seins sur la pochette du cd à tranchée. Toute une paire! Chapeau! Mon hit: Where is my mind, le beat de guitare j'ai bien aimé.

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4

Punk, garage, bestia

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4

8/10 rockero

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4

A fun listen but not something I'll return to very often. 7

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4

WoW quelle belle surprise ce matin, j’ai tellement aimé que j’ai écouter deux fois. C’est vieux mais ça sonne comme si s’était 2021. Je connaissais pixies de nom, mais là je dois aller approfondir leur discographie. Je lévite: la guitare et le drum et même la voix c’est bon Je l’évite rien !! Même la poche a des belles boules

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4

Where is my mind, Gigantic , Bone Machine

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4

Alright, nothing super special but sounded cool. 7

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4

7/10. This is a solid album with a few standouts, and its clearly super influential to alt rock. Still, it had some really abrasive moments such as the last track that ended up just being uncomfortable to listen to rather than sounding cool.

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4

Loved it crazy frenetic energy. where is my mind is such an incredible song

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4

Goeie cover.

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4

Boobs in the cover. Cracking album.

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4

Great album. Can hear the influences they've had on other bands. Can't believe it's the first time I've listened to a Pixie's album. Kinda wish some of the tracks were longer.

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4

I really liked this album, to the point where I'm thinking I really should be a bigger Pixies fan than I am. I only know the hits... "Where Is My Mind?", "Debaser", "Monkey Gone To Heaven", "Here Comes Your Man", etc. I'll def give this album a few more listens and I've also revisited "Doolittle" which is also a cool album. 8/10

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4

First time listening to the full album and really enjoyed it. Unsurprising when you think of all the bands that they’ve clearly influenced. First album that we’ve done on AOTD which I’ll probably go back to and listen to again.

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4

Didn’t hear this first time round, introduced to them via the second album Doolittle. Sets the scene for what follows. Enjoyed the rawness with nice melodies weaved within. A solid debut.

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4

This is clearly the forerunner of everything I loved about 90s grunge, and I should love it. 'Where Is My Mind' does a lot of the heavy lifting of the score here though. I do like it, I think perhaps I'm biased against it as it has been held up as a shining beacon of innovation that can do no wrong. That one song though might be worth a whole 5 on its own. So good.

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4

Good album...not the most backgroundy for reading - not sure lyrically my style

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4

This Siegerehrung ital began

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4

Some solid post-punk music, but I'm not sure I could delve too far into their sound without growing a bit tired of it. 8.0/10 Best Tracks: "Broken Face" "Where Is My Mind?"

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4

If you listen to this expecting more like Where Is My Mind, you will be confused I assume. Sort of feels like with Radiohead and Creep, where "that one song" clearly doesn't represent the rest of the band's work.

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4

4.5 for real

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4

good

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4

The Pixies' debut album took me by surprise. At first, I was turned off by the strange raunchy vocals, screaming, raw instrumentals and confusing lyrics. I found it hard to follow, to appreciate or to enjoy. Now, after listening to it a couple of times, I don't understand how I could misjudge it so poorly. Rarely have I found a record that combines such raw passion with catchy hooks. I especially appreciated this combination on Bone Machine, Break My Body, Broken Face, Gigantic and Where Is My Mind, Cactus, which are all now currently among my absolute favorites. The rest of the record is almost as impressive, though I sometimes have difficulty in enjoying the raunchiest and edgiest tracks (Something Against You and River Euphrates, filled with demonic screaming) but it's admittedly very hard to compete with the rest of Surfer Rosa. A 4/5 is my score.

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4

Kinda loud at times. I can't tell if I love it or hate it at times.

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4

Wasn't a fan of Bone Machine but after that the album was very solid. Loud grungy vibes, very 90s. Had only really heard Where Is My Mind before. Lots of energy, frantic guitars, fast loud drums, bet they have some rowdy live shows.

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4

great album. old indie classic

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4

Have always liked the Pixies’ slight weirdness. Kim Deal’s vocals and bass surfs our ears into a better place. A few tracks are a miss

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4

this is so cool. Where Is My Mind was way ahead of its time

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4

¡Vamos a jugar por la playa!

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4

A lot more cohesive of a sound than the last Pixies album I got. A great idea of indie punk, and just some raw, primal sound throughout.

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4

Really just a tight record.

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4

If I was a rose I wouldn't be surfing, that sounds scary!

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4

Very cool album! Love how raucous, stompy and fun it is - definitely laid the way for lots of bands after them - mad me think lots of Arcade Fire. Feels very foundational and exciting - NICE

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4

-Biased because I'm a fan of Pixies and this album -Its just fun and makes me wanna move -Favourite songs are Break My Body, Gigantic, Where Is My Mind, Brick Is Red

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4

This album is destined to remain their great masterpiece, and one of the masterpieces of the entire decade, one of the most influential albums of its time. Almost every song speaks for itself. It's hard to find a common denominator, apart from extreme creativity and the usual light-heartedness. The songs are songs, but they go against the antithesis of song because they are always blasted by extreme contrasts, sometimes in an erudite way and sometimes in a crazy way. (8/10) Favourite Songs: Where Is My Mind, Gigantic, Bone Machine

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4

Excellent album. What a malignant surprise. I've wanted to hear this one for a while now, due to how much I love "Where Is My Mind." However, the recent James Wan movie MALIGNANT features a god-awful cover of the track that has given me many sleepless nights. So, unfortunately, the timing of this album is bittersweet. But no, it's a really great one. I enjoyed this quite a lot. Lays the groundwork for a lot of grunge-y rock that followed, like Nirvana and Smashing Pumpkins. The interludes of chatter are interesting too. I saved a lot of songs from this album. Crazy too that this band has the same Frank Black (or Black Francis) who gave us that teenager album that was not so hot. Favorite tracks: Where Is My Mind, Bone Machine, Break My Body, Tony's Theme, Vamos. Album art: Drake the kinda guy to see this cover, have his heart literally beat a foot out of his chest like The Mask, then ask the woman to cover up. Is that the titular surfer, Rosa? She looks great. I can't help but dig this one. 4.5/5

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4

Oh doctor and hello, nurse! I think I've heard the Pixies a time or two but never like this (in this list). Love the garage band sound and the short sweet songs. A 33 minute album is just how I like it. Gigantic was a stand out and so was this album cover.

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4

4/5

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4

Gigantic is one of my favorite songs ever. And for that, and the album cover, this ranks very high for me.

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4

Classic classic classic Pixies. Sexy, dirty, menacing, it has it all. So innovative when it came out and it has aged remarkably well. A true classic Top tracks: Gigantic, Where is my mind, River Euphrates, Oh my golly

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4

I liked. And I knew at least one!

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Fav songs: - Bone Machine - Broken Face - Where Is My Mind?

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4

Hadn't listened to this in ages, still bangs

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4

Love Pixies idiosyncratic style and energy. Love Doolittle, this is a close 2nd.

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4

A band that somehow passed me by, listening this has made me want to explore more of their catalogue. Clearly hugely influential on band like Nirvana, Smashing Pumpkins and half the 90s by the sounds of it. Brilliant stuff.

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4

Tunes, good. Vocals, not so much.

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4

Heavy-rotation on college radio show, and with good reason. Was essential listening for me that year, but it has been ages since I've had it on start-to-finish. Holds up with amazing energy! Excellent production by Steve Albini, restraining the madness at times and then letting it all loose.

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4

One of my top 50?

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4

Super melodic catchy tunes. Upbeat. Fun. Weird cries and noises that put a smile on your face (Fun sounding harmonies) Not a complicated rhythm in the whole record. Which works for the sound. The mix is a bit empty. But it works for the sound. It’s mostly a guitar bass and drums. Piano added mildly. But it’s so catchy and fun your ears don’t miss a wall of loud mixed sounds. The simplicity is lovely.

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4

Beaut, 8/10

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4

Awesome always loved this

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4

4, super, nije 100% moj đir, inace bi bilo 5

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4

Un bon album oroginal. La chanson de fight club est vraiment la meilleure et cest leur gros hit selon moi. Un 4 pour cela.

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4

Classic alternative. A treasure.

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4

I love the Pixies and this album has some great tracks but I don't love 100% of it.

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4

my favorite song was cactus in a weird way a lot of the songs reminded me of mother mother which i liked a lot when i was in high school i wanna play this when im driving with the windows down!

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4

Great album!! Solid 4.4

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4

This album was at least three years ahead of its time. There were several points where I was thinking I was listening to Nirvana and other big alternative bands of the 90s. Favorite tracks - Bone Machine and Break My Body (both sounded a lot like Nirvana), Where Is My Mind (immediate thought - hey, I know this song!), Cactus (I knew the David Bowie version. For some reason I thought he was covering Neil Young. Very wrong about that one). Really enjoyed this album. I'd say 4 because there was a little too much feedback and a little too much incest.

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4

You know, I've listened to this album a few times in the recent past because I like the Pixies and I love Where is My Mind. But prior to now I think what I really liked was the Pixies greatest hits. I don't think I really gave any one album a focused listen. And after the first few tracks I thought that's where I'd stay. But I found myself really getting hooked by Broken Face and that continued right through to at least Tony's Theme. On second and third listen, I really enjoyed it all. Maybe it's because I was an alternative era kid, but I love the slow-fast revolutions (Gigantic is a great Pixies signature for that). I also like their simple arrangements that combined a bit of distortion or gruff edge to the guitar riffs and bass lines (with nice pounding drums as backing). River Euphrates and Cactus are other songs I didn't fully appreciate until now. One knock against the album is some of the unnecessary interludes, dialogues, and gibberish within the last 4 tracks. The Pixies are trailblazers in alternative rock (as was this album), too bad we only got 4 albums in 4 successive years (I don't count the stuff released decades later). Not sure I can put it on the same pedestal as Zeppelin, Jimi, or Rage, but almost.

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4

The album reminded me a lot of early Jane’s Addiction, but much more punk. I know Nirvana used their producer for “In Utero.” You can really feel how raw the band is. I never realized listened to the Pixies, but I respect their influence on many bands I enjoy now. I did feel a couple of songs were a little “jokey,” but one can skip over those. (I’m looking at you, “Tony’s Theme!”) A joke song or two is ok, but you don’t want to overdo that. All in all, I liked what I heard. May have to do more listening of their work.

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4

Its the pixies.

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4

Pixies hadn't made much of an impression on me in their heyday, but giving them full attention here really raised them up. Honestly don't know that they are that distinctive from the big soup of the pop-punk 90s surge but I enjoyed the full album.

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From Nirvana to The White Stripes, I can hear a lot of alternative rock acts germinating in this album. "Surfer Rosa" is one of the first alternative rock album, surfing from 1988, yet it sounds as fresh as freshly catched fish. Is the reason punk fans enjoy punk is the fun feeling of the raw, edgy, chaotic, and loud sound of it? Perhaps, and that's why I enjoyed this album a lot. It's gritty, yet fun. Some tracks still sound like forgettable loud garage rock snippets, but a lot of it are one of the best punk songs I have ever heard to date. "Bone Machine", "Gigantic", "River Euphrates", and "Where is My Mind" are notable examples. This album is just a bit above thirty minutes long, but I felt like I listened to an hour worth of the so-called "art punk." Perhaps because it's such a unique sounding album, perhaps because most of the latter half is pretty dull.

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4

Very good

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4

Cool and very different. Surf punk. Sounds like white stripes and modest mouse. Where is my mind is iconic.

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4

wise grunge/garbage band ive ever heard

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4

BLack delivers non stop catchy, edgy guitar riffs and I like the 2 vocalists. I'm sure it was hard to come up with an original sounding LP in 88 with only guitar bass and drums but they pull it off.

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4

A good amount of energy and attitude make this a winner.

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4

I'll get back to it, some absolute classics on here

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4

I love this album and it's in pretty regular rotation for me normally. Favorite songs: Something Against You, Broken Face, Where Is My Mind (of course!), Oh My Golly! and Vamos.

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4

Love the energy. Crazy vocals and lyrics. The band members work well together.

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4

Second pixies album in a week. Never really listened properly before but I am really enjoying them.

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4

a mix of punk alternative rock and some experimental weird touches makes for something that reminds me of smashing pumpkins but in its own unique way

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4

Not their best, but it's good

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4

J'ai déja écouter Doolittle, mais jamais cette album. Je connaissais seulement Where is my mind.

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4

Rock alternativo tirando a punk. Está bien. Un 4.

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