The new Pixies album Head Carrier doesn’t do too much for me, it’s alright but that’s about it. Plus, Pixies without Kim Deal is a bit of a deal breaker for me. Mind you I wasn’t too fussed about the new album they put out in 1990. After the brain melting shock of Surfer Rosa and Doolittle, Bossanova seemed a little humdrum, a bit ordinary. In the years since I’ve learned to love some of the songs off it, Velouria and Digging For Fire and some others, but nothing meets the standards they set in 1988 and 1989. And while some bands have persuaded me to keep buying their records I’ve never felt the same urge with Pixies. The compiled Peel Sessions and B-sides albums are well worth your time and money as companions to those two late 80s masterpieces..

Velouria (Peel Session)



Snub TV, 1988. Mind duly blown.

Francis goes something like ‘We’ll have our sons, they will be all well hung, your daddy’s rich, your Mama’s a pretty thing, we’ll go to  California, something about lesbians…. etc etc (with a load of Spanish too)’ and there’s a throat-wrenching bit of  ‘Aaaghhhh!’

Kim goes duh-duh-duh-dum. Enthusiastically.
Dave goes rattatatatatatatatat, on and on, faster.
Joey gets more beautiful noise out of a guitar and a beer can than seems possible.

Still haven’t bothered to see what their new stuff is like.

Kill City

In total contrast to yesterday’s Appalachian ghostliness here’s a raucous, sex-infused noise. Kill City were an electro-rock band who released a mini-album in 2004 called White Boy Brown Girl, on Alan McGee’s short-lived Poptones label. McGee’s mate Andrew Innes remixes them in early 00s Primal Scream style. Big drums, white noise, heavy riffs, female vox, lyrics about inter-racial shagging. You know what this is going to sound like don’t you?

White Boy Brown Girl (Andrew Innes Remix)

Another song on the lp was titled Cease To Exist- which was the opening line in Pixies’ song Wave Of Mutilation (borrowed from Charles Manson/Beach Boys), which took inspiration from Luis Bunuel’s Un Chien Andalou film. Luis Bunuel was photographed in the late 20s by Man Ray. Of course he was. Everyone who was anyone was.

Head On

Pixies cover version of one of The Jesus And Mary Chain’s best moments. Pixies were such an odd band- four people that looked like they should be in four different bands combining untutored talent, technical limitations and an off kilter world view. Quiet, loud, scream, quiet, loud, scream doesn’t really do it justice. This breakneck cover rocks, as they say.

Cease To Exist

I was going to post something else today but it can wait. Drew over at Across The Kitchen Table has posted the Peel Session version of Wave Of Mutilation by Boston’s alt-rock heroes Pixies. This is the UK Surf Mix of the same song, originally from the 12″ of Here Comes Your Man, a single from the ever marvelous Doolittle album. The UK Surf Mix slows the song right down and features some lovely surf guitar from Joey Santiago, and Black Francis’ Charles Manson/Beach Boys inspired lyrics.

07 Wave of Mutilation [U.K Surf mix][Version].wma