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Encyclopedia > The Purple Tape

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. Eight of the tracks were released in 1987 as the band's debut, Come on Pilgrim and the remaining nine were released under the title Pixies in 2002 by Sonic Unyon records. Pixies, pictured early in their career - Black Francis, Kim Deal, Dave Lovering, and Joey Santiago Pixies are an alternative rock music group. ... Fort Apache may refer to: The White Mountain Apache Tribes reservation and former United States Army cavalry post near Whiteriver, Arizona. ... Gary Smith may refer to: Gary Smith (hockey player) Gary Smith (record producer) Gary Smith (Parody Song writer) This is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which lists pages that might otherwise share the same title. ... 1987 (MCMLXXXVII) is a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Come On Pilgrim was the Pixies first release, issued in October of 1987. ... 2002 (MMII) is a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ...

Contents


Original

The original purple demo tape
The original purple demo tape
Back cover with original track listing
Back cover with original track listing
  1. "Levitate Me" - 2:30
  2. "The Holiday Song" - 2:08
  3. "I've Been Tired" - 2:36
  4. "Break My Body" - 2:00
  5. "Down to the Well" - 2:36
  6. "Rock a My Soul" - 1:40
  7. "I'm Amazed" - 1:40
  8. "Build High" - 1:41
  9. "In Heaven (Lady in the Radiator Song)" - 1:43
  10. "Caribou" - 3:17
  11. "Here Comes Your Man" - 2:50
  12. "Subbacultcha" - 2:52
  13. "Vamos" - 3:10
  14. "Broken Face" - 1:23
  15. "Nimrod's Song" - 2:15
  16. "Isla de Encanta" - 1:42
  17. "Ed is Dead" - 2:32


The original "Subbacultcha" and "I'm Amazed" both had a different chorus line to later releases, which were both dropped for apparently sounding too weak. The removed chorus from "Subbacultcha" later appeared as the basis for "Distance Equals Rate Times Time", a separate song immediately following the revised "Subbacultcha" on "Trompe Le Monde". Image File history File links Capture from Pixies Wave of Mutilation DVD File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... Image File history File links Capture from Pixies Wave of Mutilation DVD File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... Image File history File links Capture from Pixies Wave of Mutilation DVD File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... Image File history File links Capture from Pixies Wave of Mutilation DVD File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... Trompe le Monde is the Pixies fourth and final full-length studio album, released in October, 1991 through the 4AD record label. ...


Come on Pilgrim (1987)

See main article. Image File history File links Pixies EP come_on_pilgrim album cover This image is the cover of an album or single. ... Come On Pilgrim was the Pixies first release, issued in October of 1987. ...

  1. "Caribou"
  2. "Vamos"
  3. "Isla de Encanta"
  4. "Ed is Dead"
  5. "Holiday Song"
  6. "Nimrod's Son"
  7. "I've Been Tired"
  8. "Levitate Me"

Pixies (2002)

Cover of the 2002 release
Cover of the 2002 release

This official release is often nicknamed "The Purple Tape", though it is missing the tracks from Come on Pilgrim. It contains the previously unreleased "Rock a My Soul". Image File history File links Front cover of 2002 Pixies aka The Purple Tape, by the Pixies This image is the cover of an album or single. ... Image File history File links Front cover of 2002 Pixies aka The Purple Tape, by the Pixies This image is the cover of an album or single. ...

  1. "Broken Face"
  2. "Build High"
  3. "Rock a My Soul"
  4. "Down to the Well"
  5. "Break My Body"
  6. "I'm Amazed"
  7. "Here Comes Your Man"
  8. "Subbacultcha"
  9. "In Heaven"

Watch What You're Doing

There remains some speculation that there exists an 18th track on the original Purple Tape entitled "Watch What You're Doing", a Larry Norman cover. Absent from both "Come On Pilgrim" and the 2002 "Pixies" CD, some believe it is being kept aside by someone, perhaps Gary Smith, for future release. Larry David Norman (born April 8, 1947 in Corpus Christi, Texas) was a member of the rock band People!. That band released its first album in 1968 and had a Top 20 hit with the song, I Love You (written by Chris White of The Zombies). ...


However, its existence is subject to scrutiny. Most notably, the tracklisting on the Purple Tape artwork (above) shows no evidence of such a track, while the orginal Larry Norman version notably contains the lyric "Come on pilgrim / You know he loves you", also used by Black Francis on the tape's opener, "Levitate Me". It seems unlikely two songs with the same lyrics would be used on the same demo. Frank Black, also known as Black Francis (real name Charles Michael Kitridge Thompson IV, born April 6, 1965), is an American musician. ...

Pixies
Black Francis | Kim Deal | Joey Santiago | David Lovering
Albums
Come on Pilgrim | Surfer Rosa | Doolittle | Bossanova | Trompe le Monde
Death to the Pixies | Pixies at the BBC | Complete B-Sides | Pixies (The Purple Tape) | Wave of Mutilation: The Best of the Pixies
Singles
"Gigantic" | "Monkey Gone to Heaven" | "Here Comes Your Man" | "Velouria" | "Dig for Fire" | "Planet of Sound" | "Alec Eiffel" | "Head On" | "Debaser"

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The Purple Tape - definition of The Purple Tape in Encyclopedia
The Purple Tape is the name given to the Pixies original demo tapes.
Eight of the tracks were released in 1987 as Come on Pilgrim and the rest in 2002 as The Purple Tape under the record company, Sonic Unyon.
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