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Surfer Rosa
Surfer Rosa cover
Studio album by Pixies
Released March 21, 1988 (UK)
August, 1988 (U.S.)
Recorded December 1987 at Q-Division in Boston, Massachusetts[1]
Genre Alternative rock
Length 32:50
Label 4AD (UK)
Rough Trade (U.S.)
Elektra (U.S., 1992)
Producer Steve Albini
Professional reviews
Pixies chronology
Come on Pilgrim
(1987)
Surfer Rosa
(1988)
Doolittle
(1989)

Surfer Rosa is the debut album by the American alternative rock band Pixies, released in March 1988 on the British independent record label 4AD.[2] The album's unusual and offbeat subject matter includes references to mutilation and voyeurism; this is augmented by experimental recording, low-fidelity production and a unique drum sound that owes much to sound engineer Steve Albini. Surfer Rosa contains many of the themes present in the Pixies' earlier output, including Spanish lyrics and references to Puerto Rico. Cover of the Pixies album Surfer Rosa. ... A studio album is a collection of studio-recorded tracks by a recording artist. ... The Pixies[1] are an American alternative rock band formed in Boston, Massachusetts in 1985. ... is the 80th day of the year (81st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1988 (MCMLXXXVIII) was a leap year starting on Friday (link displays 1988 Gregorian calendar). ... For other uses, see August (disambiguation). ... Year 1988 (MCMLXXXVIII) was a leap year starting on Friday (link displays 1988 Gregorian calendar). ... For other uses of terms redirecting here, see US (disambiguation), USA (disambiguation), and United States (disambiguation) Motto In God We Trust(since 1956) (From Many, One; Latin, traditional) Anthem The Star-Spangled Banner Capital Washington, D.C. Largest city New York City National language English (de facto)1 Demonym American... Boston redirects here. ... This article is about the U.S. state. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Alternative music redirects here. ... In the music industry, a record label is a brand and a trademark associated with the marketing of music recordings and music videos. ... This article is about the record label 4AD. For the year, see 4. ... Rough Trade Records, now a member of the RIAA[1], began as an independent record label, based in London, England. ... Elektra Records is an American record label owned by Warner Music Group, and today operates under Atlantic Records Group. ... In the music industry, a record producer (or music producer) has many roles, among them controlling the recording sessions, coaching and guiding the musicians, organizing and scheduling production budget and resources, and supervising the recording, mixing and mastering processes. ... Steve Albini (born July 22, 1962, Pasadena, California) is a singer, songwriter, guitarist, audio engineer and music journalist. ... The All Music Guide (AMG) is a metadata database about music, owned by All Media Guide. ... Image File history File links 5_stars. ... Robert Christgau (born April 18, 1942), is an American essayist, music journalist, and the self-declared Dean of American Rock Critics.[1] In print, his name is sometimes abbreviated as Xgau. ... This article is about the magazine. ... Image File history File links 3_stars. ... Image File history File links 5_stars. ... The Pixies[1] are an American alternative rock band formed in Boston, Massachusetts in 1985. ... Come on Pilgrim is the debut EP from the American alternative rock band Pixies, released on the British independent record label 4AD in October 1987. ... Doolittle is the Pixies second album, released on April 17, 1989 in the United Kingdom, and the next day in the United States. ... Alternative music redirects here. ... A musical ensemble is a group of two or more musicians who perform instrumental or vocal music. ... The Pixies[1] are an American alternative rock band formed in Boston, Massachusetts in 1985. ... An independent record label is variously described as a record label operating without the funding (or outside the organizations) of the major record labels, and/or a label that subscribes to indie philosophies such as DIY and anti-corporate art. ... This article is about the record label 4AD. For the year, see 4. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Steve Albini (born July 22, 1962, Pasadena, California) is a singer, songwriter, guitarist, audio engineer and music journalist. ...


Because of 4AD's independent status, distribution in the United States was handled by British label Rough Trade Records; however, it failed to chart in either the UK or the U.S. "Gigantic" was the only single taken from the release, and only reached #93 on the UK Singles Chart. Despite this, Surfer Rosa was rereleased in the U.S. by Elektra Records in 1992, and in 2005 was certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America. Rough Trade Records, now a member of the RIAA[1], began as an independent record label, based in London, England. ... Gigantic is a famous song by The Pixies, released as a single from their first full album Surfer Rosa. ... “British Hit Singles” redirects here. ... Elektra Records is an American record label owned by Warner Music Group, and today operates under Atlantic Records Group. ... In the United States, the Recording Industry Association of America awards certification based on the number of albums and singles sold through retail and other ancillary markets. ... RIAA redirects here. ...


Surfer Rosa is often cited as a favorite of music critics, and is frequently included on professional lists of the all-time best rock albums. Many alternative rock artists, including Billy Corgan and PJ Harvey, have cited the album as inspirational; Nirvana's Kurt Cobain frequently acknowledged that Surfer Rosa was a strong influence on Nevermind, and in 1993 hired Albini to produce his band's album In Utero. William Patrick Corgan, Jr. ... Polly Jean Harvey (born 9 October 1969) is an English musician and songwriter. ... This article is about the American grunge band. ... Kurt Donald Cobain (February 20, 1967 – c. ... For other uses, see Nevermind (disambiguation). ... For the term used in biology, see in utero In Utero is the final complete studio album from the band Nirvana. ...

Contents

Background

Before the release of the Pixies' debut EP Come on Pilgrim in October 1987, Ivo Watts-Russell, head of 4AD, suggested they return to the studio to record a full length album. The original plan was to record new material at Fort Apache Studios, where the band had produced The Purple Tape and Come on Pilgrim. However, Gary Smith, producer of the previous two records, made a claim on any royalties resulting from further Pixies albums recorded at Fort Apache Studios; his reasoning was that he had paid for the band's recording sessions himself and had earned no money from Come on Pilgrim. The Pixies disagreed with his demands, and sought a new producer and recording studio.[3] // Extended play (EP) is the name typically given to vinyl records or CDs which contain more than one single but are too short to qualify as albums. ... Come on Pilgrim is the debut EP from the American alternative rock band Pixies, released on the British independent record label 4AD in October 1987. ... Ivo Watts-Russell is the founder and president of the legendary English indie record label 4AD. He has also produced several records, himself preferring to use the term musical director to explain his role in the creation. ... This article is about the record label 4AD. For the year, see 4. ... Fort Apache Studios is a New England recording studio internationally renowned for alternative rock sessions produced there since 1986. ... The Purple Tape is the name given by fans to the Pixies original 17-track demo tape, recorded at Fort Apache in March 1987 by Gary Smith, due, quite simply, to its mostly purple appearance. ... Gary Smith is an entrepreneur, record producer, and artists manager known for his work recording albums by alternative rock musicians since the mid-1980s at Fort Apache Studios. ...


On the advice of a 4AD colleague, Watts-Russell looked to hire Steve Albini, frontman of Big Black, as the record's engineer and producer. Having sent a pre-release tape of Come on Pilgrim to Albini, the Pixies' manager, Ken Goes, invited him to a Boston dinner party at drummer David Lovering's house a few weeks after Come on Pilgrim's release. Albini met the band that evening, and they discussed how the next record should sound and be recorded. According to Albini, "[the band and I] were in the studio the next day."[3] Paul Kolderie, who had worked at Fort Apache Studios with Smith, recommended the Boston recording studio Q Division to Albini.[4] This created tension between Smith and Kolderie, and Kolderie later remarked that "Gary almost killed me for the suggestion, he thought I was scheming to get the project."[5] Steve Albini (born July 22, 1962, Pasadena, California) is a singer, songwriter, guitarist, audio engineer and music journalist. ... Big Black was a noise rock band founded in Chicago, Illinois, United States, that was active between 1982 and 1987. ... For the comic book character, see Drummer (comics). ... David Lovering was a drummer for the Pixies from 1986 through 1993. ...


Recording and production

The Pixies entered Q Division in December 1987,[6] booking ten working days of studio time in which to record the album.[3] 4AD allocated the band a budget of US$10,000.[7] Albini's producer's fee was US$1,500 and he received no royalties;[8] Albini has a practice of refusing royalties from records he produces, viewing it as "an insult to the band."[9] Along with Albini in the studio, Q Division's Jon Lupfer acted as studio assistant.[5] The recording process took the entire booked period of ten working days to complete, with extra vocal mixes subsequently added in the studio.[10] Albini planned to mix the record "somewhere else", but according to Lupfer, "He was unhappy there with it."[11] USD redirects here. ...


Albini used unusual recording techniques. For Kim Deal's backing vocals in "Where Is My Mind?" and her lead vocals on "Gigantic," Albini moved the studio equipment and recorded in a studio bathroom to achieve real, rather than studio, echo; according to John Murphy, Deal's husband at the time, "Albini didn't like the studio sound."[12] Albini later said that the record could have been completed in a week, but "we ended up trying more experimental stuff basically to kill time and see if anything good materialized."[4] An example was "Something Against You", where Albini filtered Black Francis's voice through a guitar amp for "a totally ragged, vicious texture."[13] Kim Deal (born June 10, 1961 as Kimberly Ann Deal) is an American singer, songwriter, guitarist, and bassist. ... Frank Black, also known as Black Francis (real name Charles Michael Kitridge Thompson IV, born April 6, 1965), is an American musician. ...


Studio banter

The track "You Fuckin' Die!" is a recording of a conversation held between Francis and Albini; on some versions of the album it is referred to as "Untitled" or placed at the start of "Vamos". According to Lupfer, "it was a concept he [Albini] was going for to get some studio banter." As Deal was leaving the studio to smoke a cigarette, she exclaimed "If anybody touches my stuff, I'll kill ya." Francis replied with "I'll kill you, you fucking die, if anybody touches my stuff". The track begins at this point, with Francis explaining the conversation to Albini, whose voice is not heard on the track.[14] Lupfer later admitted that Albini knew "perfectly well what was going on."[15]


"I'm Amazed" begins with Deal recounting a story in which one of her former teachers who was "into field hockey players" was discreetly fired. Francis finishes Deal's sentences, joking that her response to hearing of the teacher's activities was to try and join the team.[16] Albini later observed the use of studio banter on Surfer Rosa: "It's on their record forever so I think now they are obliged to say that they're ok with it, but I honestly don't know that that idea would've ever come up if I hadn't done it. There are times when things like that are revealing and entertaining and I kind of felt it was a bit gimmicky on this record."[17]


Music

Audio samples of 'Surfer Rosa'
  • "Something Against You"
    is the third track of Surfer Rosa. This sample contains part of the chorus, with Francis' distorted screaming and a repeated guitar rhythm prominent.
    "Gigantic"
    is the fifth track of Surfer Rosa. This sample contains the first bridge and chorus, and features Deal, singing lead vocals, repeating the same bass guitar melody. The band's trademark loud-quiet dynamic also features on the song.
    "Where Is My Mind?"
    is the sixth track of Surfer Rosa. This sample contains the end of the third verse and part of the chorus. Santiago's erratic lead guitar plays a key part in the song's melody.
  • Problems playing the files? See media help.

Like Come On Pilgrim, Surfer Rosa displays a mix of musical styles; pop guitar songs such as "Broken Face", "Break My Body", and "Brick is Red" are featured alongside slower, more melodic tracks exemplified by "Where Is My Mind?." The album includes heavier material, and prominently features the band's trademark quiet-loud dynamic. Frontman and principal songwriter Black Francis wrote the material, the only exception being "Gigantic," which was co-written with Kim Deal. "Gigantic" is the only time Deal sang lead vocals on a Pixies album track. Image File history File links Gigantic. ... Image File history File links WhereIsMyMind. ... Come on Pilgrim is the debut EP from the American alternative rock band Pixies, released on the British independent record label 4AD in October 1987. ... Where Is My Mind? is a song by the American alternative rock band Pixies. ...


Surfer Rosa's lyrical content includes examinations of mutilation in "Break My Body" and "Broken Face", while references to superheroes appear on "Tony's Theme". Voyeurism appears in "Gigantic", and surrealistic lyrics are featured on "Bone Machine" and "Where Is My Mind?". Puerto Rico references and Spanish lyrics are found on the tracks "Oh My Golly!" and "Vamos." The latter track was previously featured on Come on Pilgrim, and appears on Surfer Rosa as a rerecorded version of the original song. Many of the themes explored on previous recordings are revisited on Surfer Rosa; however, unlike on the band's later albums, the songs in Surfer Rosa are not preoccupied with one overarching topic.


Other unusual and offbeat subject matter is raised on the album. "Cactus" is narrated by a prison inmate who requests his girlfriend smear her dress with blood and mail it to him.[10] "Gigantic" is an "unabashed praisesong to a well-endowed black man,"[18] and borrows from the 1986 film Crimes of the Heart, in which a married woman falls in love with a teenager. Francis was inspired to write "Where Is My Mind?" after scuba diving in the Caribbean. He later said he had "this very small fish trying to chase me. I don't know why - I don't know too much about fish behavior."[19] Cactus is a song written by Frank Black for the Pixies album Surfer Rosa in 1988. ... For the play on which this film is based, see Crimes of the Heart. ... Scuba diving is swimming underwater while using self-contained breathing equipment. ... West Indies redirects here. ...


Release

Surfer Rosa was released in the UK by 4AD on March 21, 1988, entering the UK Indie Chart the following week. It spend 60 weeks in the chart, peaking at number 2.[20] Until August of that year it was only available in the U.S. as an import. Although the label held worldwide distribution rights to the Pixies, they did not have access to a distributor outside the UK. When 4AD signed a distribution deal with Rough Trade's U.S. branch, the album was released on vinyl and cassette as part of the Surfer Rosa/Come On Pilgrim release. While Surfer Rosa/Come On Pilgrim has remained in print on CD in the UK, subsequent U.S. releases have seen the two released on separate CDs. These separate releases first appeared in January 1992, when Elektra Records first reissued the band's first two albums. After 4AD reacquired rights to the band's U.S. distribution, they released both as separate CDs.[21] Surfer Rosa was certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America in 2005, 17 years after its original release.[22] is the 80th day of the year (81st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1988 (MCMLXXXVIII) was a leap year starting on Friday (link displays 1988 Gregorian calendar). ... These are The Official UK Charts Company UK Official Indie Chart number one hits of 2007. ... Rough Trade Records, now a member of the RIAA[1], began as an independent record label, based in London, England. ... Elektra Records is an American record label owned by Warner Music Group, and today operates under Atlantic Records Group. ... In the United States, the Recording Industry Association of America awards certification based on the number of albums and singles sold through retail and other ancillary markets. ... RIAA redirects here. ...


"Gigantic" was the only single taken from Surfer Rosa. The track and its B-side, "River Euphrates", were rerecorded by Gil Norton at Blackwing Studios in London, early in May 1988.[23] The remixed single was well met by critics.[24] The album failed to sell, and spent just one week at #93 on the UK Singles Chart.[25] Despite the poor commercial performance of both Surfer Rosa and "Gigantic", Ivo Watts-Russell has said that the response to the album was "times five" compared with Come on Pilgrim.[26] Gigantic is a famous song by The Pixies, released as a single from their first full album Surfer Rosa. ... In recorded music, the terms A-side and B-side refer to the two sides of 7 inch vinyl records on which singles have been released since the 1950s. ... Gil Norton is a British record producer known for his work with such bands as Feeder, Counting Crows, Pixies, Terrorvision, Echo and the Bunnymen, The Triffids, Del Amitri, Foo Fighters, Jimmy Eat World, James, The Feelers, Dashboard Confessional and Span. ... This article is about the capital of England and the United Kingdom. ... “British Hit Singles” redirects here. ...


Cover

"Surfer Rosa #2" from the album's cover booklet.
"Surfer Rosa #2" from the album's cover booklet.

Surfer Rosa's cover features a photograph of a topless "friend of a friend" of the band, posing as a flamenco dancer, pitched against a wall which displays a crucifix and a torn poster. Simon Larbalestier, who contributed pictures to all of the Pixies albums, decided to build the set because "we couldn't find the atmosphere we wanted naturally." According to Larbalestier, Francis came up with the idea for the cover as he wrote songs in his father's "topless Spanish bar"; Larbalestier added the crucifix and torn poster, and they "sort of loaded that with all the Catholicism."[27] Commenting on the cover in 2005, Francis said, "I just hope people find it tasteful."[28] The cover booklet expands on the theme, and features photographs of the flamenco dancer in several other poses; there are no song lyrics or written content, apart from album credits, in the booklet. Flamenco is a Spanish musical genre with strong, rhythmic undertones and is often accompanied with a similarly impassioned style of dance characterized by its powerful yet graceful execution, as well as its intricate hand and footwork. ... The Crucifix, a cross with corpus, a symbol used in Catholicism in contrast with some other Christian communions, which use only a cross. ...


Albini's name does not appear on the original record sleeve. The booklet's photographs were taken in one day at a pub opposite the 4AD offices, because, according to Larbalestier, "it was one of the few places that had a raised stage".[27] In an 1988 interview with Joy Press, Francis described the concept as referring to "a surfer girl," who "walks along the Beach of Binones, has a surfboard, very beautiful." When questioned about the topless element, Francis replied "For the first record, I told them I liked nudity. I like body lines - not necessarily something in bad taste, didn't even have to be female, just body lines... like that Obsession ad, you know?"[13] According to Melody Maker, the album was originally entitled "Gigantic," after Deal's song, but the band feared misinterpretation of the cover and changed it to "Surfer Rosa."[29] The "name" of the cover woman, and the album title, comes from the "Oh My Golly!" lyric, "Besando chichando con surfer rosa." Joy Press is a freelance writer and co-author of The Sex Revolts: Gender, Rebellion and RockNRoll (along with husband Simon Reynolds). ... Calvin Richard Klein (born November 19, 1942) is a well-known American fashion designer. ...


Critical reception

The UK music press reviews of Surfer Rosa were generally positive. Q's Ian Cranna wrote that "what sets the Pixies apart are their sudden bursts of memorable pop melody," and noted that "they could have a bright future ahead of them." NME's Mark Sinker, reviewing the album in March 1988, said "they force the past to sound like them"; he awarded them nine and a half stars out of ten.[26] Surfer Rosa received positive reviews from American critics. The Village Voice's Robert Christgau gave the album a B rating, and remarked that the band were "by consensus the Amerindie find of the year," and that the album featured "guitar riffs you actually notice."[30] Spin described it as "beautifully brutal," and named the Pixies as their musicians of the year.[31] Rolling Stone did not review the album at the time of its first release. Q is a music magazine published monthly in the United Kingdom, with a circulation of 140,282 and a readership of 731,000. ... For other uses, see NME (disambiguation). ... This article is about a New York newspaper. ... Robert Christgau (born April 18, 1942), is an American essayist, music journalist, and the self-declared Dean of American Rock Critics.[1] In print, his name is sometimes abbreviated as Xgau. ... Spin is a music magazine that reports on all the music that rocks. Founded in 1985 by publisher Bob Guccione, Jr. ... This article is about the magazine. ...


Surfer Rosa was included on several end-of-year best album lists. Independent music magazines Melody Maker and Sounds named Surfer Rosa as their album of the year; NME and Record Mirror placed the album 10th and 14th respectively.[18] However, Surfer Rosa failed to appear on the annual Pazz & Jop poll of Village Voice critics,[31] and it did not appear on any end-of-year list in the United States.[32] A number of music magazines have since positioned Surfer Rosa as one of the quintessential alternative rock albums of the 1980s. Rolling Stone gave the album three stars when it reviewed the album in 1992 for Elektra's Surfer Rosa/Come on Pilgrim re-release. However, when the magazine reviewed the album again in 2004 as part of its Rolling Stone Album Guide, it awarded Surfer Rosa the maximum five stars.[33] The album has appeared on several all-time best album lists, and is consistently placed as one of the best albums of the 1980s in any genre.[32] The Pazz & Jop critics poll is a highly influential poll of music critics run by The Village Voice newspaper. ... The Rolling Stone Album Guide, previously known as The Rolling Stone Record Guide, is a book that, along with its sister publication Rolling Stone magazine, contains professional reviews of popular music. ...


Legacy

Both Surfer Rosa and Steve Albini's production of the album have been influential on alternative rock, and on grunge in particular. Nirvana's Kurt Cobain cited Surfer Rosa as the basis for Nevermind's songwriting.[34] When he first heard the album, Cobain discovered a template for the mix of heavy noise and pop he was aiming to achieve. He remarked in 1993 that he "heard songs off of Surfer Rosa that I'd written but threw out because I was too afraid to play them for anybody."[35] Cobain hired Albini to produce Nirvana's 1993 album In Utero, primarily due to his contribution to Surfer Rosa.[36] The Smashing Pumpkins' Billy Corgan described Surfer Rosa as "the one that made me go, 'holy shit'. It was so fresh. It rocked without being lame." Corgan was impressed by the album's drum sound, and acknowledged that The Smashing Pumpkins used to study the record for its technical elements.[26] Indie musician PJ Harvey said that Surfer Rosa "blew my mind," and that she "immediately went to track down Steve Albini."[37] Alternative music redirects here. ... Grunge redirects here. ... This article is about the American grunge band. ... Kurt Donald Cobain (February 20, 1967 – c. ... For other uses, see Nevermind (disambiguation). ... In Utero is the third and final studio album by the American grunge band Nirvana, released on September 21, 1993 by DGC Records. ... The Smashing Pumpkins are an American alternative rock band that formed in Chicago in 1988. ... William Patrick Corgan, Jr. ... Indie rock is a subgenre of rock music often used to refer to bands that are on small independent record labels or that arent on labels at all. ... Polly Jean Harvey (born 9 October 1969) is an English musician and songwriter. ...


People connected with the band were impressed by the record. Ivo Watts-Russell recalled: "I remember when I first heard Surfer Rosa thinking, 'I didn't know the Pixies could sound like The Fall.' That was my immediate reaction, in other words, incredibly raw." Gary Smith, who at the time was in a disagreement with the band, admitted he "was really happy that they had made such a forceful, aggressive, record." Dinosaur Jr's J Mascis, comparing the record to the later Pixies albums Bossanova and Trompe le Monde, said he thought that Steve Albini's production "sounded way better than the other ones."[38] This article is about the band. ... Dinosaur Jr is an American alternative rock band formed in Amherst, Massachusetts in 1983 as Dinosaur. ... J Mascis (born Joseph Donald Mascis on December 10, 1965) is an American musician, best-known as the singer, guitarist and songwriter for Dinosaur Jr, though he also has been an occasional producer and film composer. ... Bossanova was the Pixies third studio album, released in 1990 through 4AD Records. ... Trompe le Monde is the Pixies fourth and final full-length studio album, released on October 7, 1991 through the 4AD record label. ...


In 1991, as the Pixies were recording Trompe le Monde, Albini described his impressions of the Pixies during the recording of Surfer Rosa to the fan magazine Forced Exposure: "A patchwork pinch loaf from a band who at their top dollar best are blandly entertaining college rock. Their willingness to be "guided" by their manager, their record company and their producers is unparalleled. Never have I seen four cows more anxious to be led around by their nose rings."[8] Albini later apologized for his remarks, saying, "to this day I regret having done it. I don't think that I regarded the band as significantly as I should have."[39] Trompe le Monde is the Pixies fourth and final full-length studio album, released on October 7, 1991 through the 4AD record label. ... A fan magazine is a professionally written and published magazine intended for the amusement of fans of the subject matter which it covers. ... Forced Exposure was an independent music magazine (zine) published sporadically out of Massachusetts in the mid-to-late 1980s, edited and produced by Byron Coley and Jimmy Johnson. ...


Track listing

All tracks written by Black Francis, except where noted. Frank Black, also known as Black Francis (real name Charles Michael Kitridge Thompson IV, born April 6, 1965), is an American musician. ...

  1. "Bone Machine" – 3:02
  2. "Break My Body" – 2:05
  3. "Something Against You" – 1:47
  4. "Broken Face" – 1:30
  5. "Gigantic" (Kim Deal, Black Francis) – 3:54
  6. "River Euphrates" – 2:33
  7. "Where Is My Mind?" – 3:53
  8. "Cactus" – 2:16
  9. "Tony's Theme" – 1:52
  10. "Oh My Golly!" – 1:47
  11. Untitled – 0:44
  12. "Vamos" – 4:18
  13. "I'm Amazed" – 1:42
  14. "Brick Is Red" – 2:00

For the Surfer Rosa/Come on Pilgrim release, the eight tracks of Come on Pilgrim appear after "Brick Is Red". Gigantic is a famous song by The Pixies, released as a single from their first full album Surfer Rosa. ... Where Is My Mind? is a song by the American alternative rock band Pixies. ... Cactus is a song written by Frank Black for the Pixies album Surfer Rosa in 1988. ...


The untitled eleventh track consists of a quiet recording of conversation in the studio. It exists as a separate track on some CD releases but is not listed on the artwork. As such, after track 10, the track listing numbering on the artwork does not match actual tracks on those CDs.


Personnel

All information is taken from the CD release of Surfer Rosa:

Frank Black, also known as Black Francis (real name Charles Michael Kitridge Thompson IV, born April 6, 1965), is an American musician. ... For other uses, see Singer (disambiguation). ... For other uses, see Guitar (disambiguation). ... Kim Deal (born June 10, 1961 as Kimberly Ann Deal) is an American singer, songwriter, guitarist, and bassist. ... A sunburst-colored Precision Bass The electric bass guitar (or electric bass; pronounced , as in base) is a bass stringed instrument played with the fingers (either by plucking, slapping, popping, or tapping) or using a pick. ... A backup vocalist or background singer (or, especially in the U.S., backup singer or sometimes background singer) is a singer who sings in harmony with the lead vocalist, other backing vocalists, or alone but not singing the lead. ... In music a singer or vocalist is a type of musician who sings, i. ... Joseph Alberto Santiago (born June 11, 1965) is a Filipino-American musician. ... Lead guitar refers to a role within a band, that provides melody or melodic material, as opposed to the rhythm of the rhythm guitar, bass, and drums. ... David Lovering was a drummer for the Pixies from 1986 through 1993. ... For other uses, see Drum (disambiguation). ... Steve Albini (born July 22, 1962, Pasadena, California) is a singer, songwriter, guitarist, audio engineer and music journalist. ... Audio engineering is a part of audio science dealing with the recording and reproduction of sound through mechanical and electronic means. ... Graphic designer based in Battersea, South London. ...

Accolades

The information regarding accolades attributed to Surfer Rosa is adapted from Acclaimedmusic.net.[32]

Publication Country Accolade Year Rank
Mojo UK Mojo 1000, the Ultimate CD Buyers guide[40] 2001 *
Musik Express Germany The 50 Best Albums from the 80s[41] 2003 2
Pure Pop Mexico 100 Greatest Albums[42] 1993 22
Q UK The 50 Heaviest Albums of All Time[43] 2001 *
Rolling Stone US The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time 2003 315
Spin US Top 100 Albums of the Last 20 Years[44] 2005 6
Treble US The Best Albums of the 80s, by Year[45] 2006 1

(*) designates unordered lists. Mojo is a popular music magazine published monthly in the United Kingdom. ... A Music Express in operation at Six Flags Great Adventure A Music Express is an amusement park and carnival ride designed by Moser Rides of Germany. ... Q is a music magazine published monthly in the United Kingdom, with a circulation of 140,282 and a readership of 731,000. ... This article is about the magazine. ... Promotional Book Cover The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time was the cover story of a special issue of Rolling Stone magazine published in November 2003. ... Spin is a music magazine that reports on all the music that rocks. Founded in 1985 by publisher Bob Guccione, Jr. ...


References

  • Frank, Josh; Ganz, Caryn. "Fool the World: The Oral History of a Band Called Pixies." Virgin Books, 2005. ISBN 0-312-34007-9.
  • Sisario, Ben. "Doolittle 33+13." Continuum, 2006. ISBN 0-8264-1774-4.

Notes

  1. ^ Sisario, Ben. Doolittle 33+13. Continuum, 2006. ISBN 0-8264-1774-4. p. 18
  2. ^ The Pixies' previous release, Come on Pilgrim, was an EP rather than a full album.
  3. ^ a b c Frank, Josh; Ganz, Caryn. "Fool the World: The Oral History of a Band Called Pixies." Virgin Books, 2005. ISBN 0-312-34007-9. p. 75
  4. ^ a b Frank, Ganz, 2005. p. 76
  5. ^ a b Frank, Ganz, 2005. p. 77
  6. ^ The exact date that the recording of Surfer Rosa began is uncertain.
  7. ^ Sisario, 2006. p. 46
  8. ^ a b Albini, Steve. "They Don't Call Him the Martin Hannett of the '90s For Nothing." Forced Exposure #17. 1991.
  9. ^ Azerrad, Michael. Our Band Could Be Your Life: Scenes from the American Indie Underground, 1981-1991. Little Brown and Company, 2001. ISBN 0-316-78753-1, p. 344
  10. ^ a b Pixies Profile - Page 2. 4AD. Retrieved on 2007-04-06.
  11. ^ Frank, Ganz, 2005. p. 83
  12. ^ Frank, Ganz, 2005. pp. 80–1
  13. ^ a b Press, Joy. Pixies, by Joy Press. Option. Retrieved on 2007-04-15.
  14. ^ Francis, Black. Lyrics. "Vamos." Surfer Rosa. LP. 4AD 1988.
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Huderon: Pixies - Surfer Rosa (893 words)
Surfer Rosa is the debut album by the American alternative rock band Pixies, released in March 1988 on the independent record label 4AD.
Despite this, Surfer Rosa was rereleased in the U.S. by Elektra Records in 1992, and in 2005 was certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America.
Surfer Rosa is often cited as a favorite of music critics, and is frequently included on professional lists of the all-time best rock albums.
Surfer Rosa - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (999 words)
Surfer Rosa is the Pixies' first full-length album, released on March 21, 1988 by 4AD Records.
Surfer Rosa established the Pixies as an important indie rock band, and also established Albini's reputation as a highly innovative recording technician.
Surfer Rosa's cover is a photograph of a topless flamenco dancer standing against a wall that displays a crucifix and a torn poster.
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