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Editors’ Notes

Released in 1988, Surfer Rosa is one of the early landmarks of the alternative rock boom that would arrive the early '90s. This album was so influential it jumpstarted many alternative bands, influencing Nirvana and Pearl Jam among others. The album itself is a five-star work of vast color and power. There's funky, heavy, zany, and wistful material from top to bottom, capturing every aspect of great rock 'n' roll, from jubilation to frustration, from sex to heartbreak, and from insight to humor-all with maximum visceral impact. Key tracks: "Where is My Mind," "Gigantic," and "Bone Machine"

Customer Reviews

Kurt Cobain's favorite ablbum at the time

My first Pixies album, this is definitely my favorite, with Doolittle following close in second. From the opening track to the end, this album shows the diversity and the talent of this band, with Kim Deal's fantastic vocals that only graced "Gigantic", but is a beautiful track. Frank Black's range shows from scream in "Something Against You" to "Where is my Mind?" is just mind numbing. Kurt Cobain at one point before his death called this album his favorite and that "Smells like Teen Spirit" was his failed attempt to write a Pixies song. Definitely one for the ages if you are an indy fan.

Wheel, Reinvented

To some, the charm of the Pixies will remain a mystery. To those who this album taps on the shoulder, it will be a revelation. The first time I began to understand, it reminded me of when the Ramones made sense. Vistas will open, your mental horizon grows, and you smile. Listen to it, regardless what you have heard. Let it be your experience. And join the club.

The Pixies At Their Peak With Surfer Rosa

From the first track "Bone Machine," you realize The Pixies are not an ordinary band. Singer Frank Black goes from near whispers to ear-shattering screams within seconds, and then switches to Spanish to keep you on your toes. The lyrics seem stream of conscious, yet connect in an odd way. Bassist Kim Deal is the perfect counter-point to Black. If you're tired of the same old rock and roll, check this album out and play it loud!


Formed: 1986 in Boston, MA

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Combining jagged, roaring guitars and stop-start dynamics with melodic pop hooks, intertwining male-female harmonies, and evocative, cryptic lyrics, the Pixies were one of the most influential American alternative rock bands of the late '80s. They weren't accomplished musicians — Black Francis wailed and bashed out chords while Joey Santiago's lead guitar squealed out spirals of noise. But the bandmembers were inventive, rabid rock fans who turned conventions inside out, melding punk and indie...
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