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This Weekend I’ll Mostly Be Listening to… Pixies, Trompe Le Monde July 14, 2018

Posted by WorldbyStorm in Uncategorized.

My favourite Pixies album? By a mile. Followed by Bossanova (which takes a completely different aesthetic, slower, more turgid). I liked Surfer Rosa a lot. Doolittle perhaps a little less. But Trompe Le Monde is where it’s at for me.

Why? In part because it’s the least Pixies of the lot of them. It has all the ingredients, but there’s something else at work here. Joey Santiago noted that there was no end of guitar shredding, the sound is more metallic but I think it’s more than that. There’s an expansiveness to the sound – it is less tightly wound than their previous works.

Granted a couple of the tracks are throwaway and one major criticism is that Kim Deal isn’t more prominent in the mix, but their loss was ultimately the Breeders gain. The Jesus and Mary Chain cover? Kudos, even if I listen very very rarely to the JAMC any longer – bar the first few EPs and the last album. The overall speed? Further kudos. The fact that this possibly deterred those who had climbed on board when they charted big? Excellent.

You’ll gather I like it.

Planet of Sound

Alec Eiffel

Head On


Motorway to Roswell

Bird Dream of the Olympus Mons – their most JAMC song. And fantastic with it…


1. Gearóid Clár - July 14, 2018

Some of their best, but also some of their less attractive songs on that album. Great opening two tracks.


WorldbyStorm - July 14, 2018

I can’t disagree, there are some pretty rubbish ones. What did you think of his solo career subsequently?


2. nlgbbbblth - October 21, 2018

Not my favourite Pixies album but an impressive way to sign off on. The first side is relentless, really great tunes.

Bossanova is still #1 for me [#2 Surfer #3 Trompe #4 Doolittle #5 Pilgrim]. An intangible surf meets UFOs vibe – the first half is possibly the greatest ever committed to vinyl. While I bought all the Pixies releases on record, I now think the Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab hybrid SACDs are them at their best-sounding.

The single version of Dig For Fire is my favourite ever Pixies song. It’s on Indie Top 20 Volume 11.

I made a Pixies 1990/91 compilation for iTunes called Are You Looking For The Motherlode? A sort of Hatful Of Hollow.
Letter To Memphis (Instrumental) / Born In Chicago / I’ve Been Waiting For You / Winterlong / I Can’t Forget / Evil Hearted You / Theme From NARC / Make Believe / Velvety Instrumental Version / Build High / Santo / The Thing / Dig For Fire (Single Version)

Their two Irish gigs, National Stadium (October 1990) and Point (June 1991) were excellent – unforgettable experiences.

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WorldbyStorm - October 21, 2018

Interesting your rating of Doolittle. I never entirely warmed to that in the way that I did the others.


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