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Coloring Club Plus — 11/5/19

Nov 5

Pixies are an American alternative rock band formed in 1986 in Boston, Massachusetts. The original lineup comprised Black Francis (vocals, rhythm guitar), Joey Santiago (lead guitar), Kim Deal (bass, backing vocals) and David Lovering (drums). The band disbanded acrimoniously in 1993, but reunited in 2004. After Deal left in 2013, Pixies hired Kim Shattuck as a touring bassist; she was replaced the same year by Paz Lenchantin, who became a permanent member in 2016.

Pixies are associated with the 1990s alternative rock boom and draw on elements including punk rock and surf rock. Their music is known for its dynamic “loud-quiet” shifts and song structures. Francis is Pixies’ primary songwriter; his often surreal lyrics cover offbeat subjects such as extraterrestrials, incest, and biblical violence. They achieved modest popularity in the US, but were more successful in Europe. Their jarring pop sound influenced acts such as Nirvana, Radiohead, the Smashing Pumpkins and Weezer. Their popularity grew in the years after their break-up, leading to sold-out world tours following their reunion in 2004.

Surfer Rosa is their debut studio album, released in March 1988 on the British label 4AD. It was produced by Steve Albini. Surfer Rosa contains many of the elements of Pixies’ earlier output, including Spanish lyrics and references to Puerto Rico. It includes references to mutilation and voyeurism alongside experimental recording techniques and a distinctive drum sound.

As 4AD was an independent label, distribution in the United States was handled by British label Rough Trade Records; however, it failed to chart in either country. Only one single was released, a re-recorded version of “Gigantic”, and reached number 93 on the UK Singles Chart. Surfer Rosa was rereleased in the US by Elektra Records in 1992, and in 2005 was certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America.

Surfer Rosa is often included on critics’ lists of the best rock albums. Alternative rock artists including Billy Corgan and PJ Harvey have cited it as an inspiration; it was an influence on Nirvana’s 1991 album Nevermind, and the band hired Albini to record their 1993 album In Utero.

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.”

Where is My Mind?” has been covered by no less than 21 different groups/musicians.

After being featured in the 1999 film Fight Club (the final scene, no less!,) the song gained an even wider audience and became iconic.

“Where Is My Mind?” was voted number 29 in the “Hottest 100 of All Time” music poll conducted by Australian radio station Triple J in 2009. Over half a million votes were cast in the poll.

On Tuesday, April 13, 2004, NASA used “Where Is My Mind?” to wake up the team working on the Mars rover, Spirit, in honor of its software transplant.

After the lyrics to this song is a surprise bonus video that I came across that I hope you will enjoy.

 

 

Ooh, stop

With your feet on the air and your head on the ground
Try this trick and spin it, yeah
Your head will collapse
But there’s nothing in it
And you’ll ask yourself

Where is my mind?
Where is my mind?
Where is my mind?
Way out in the water
See it swimmin’

I was swimmin’ in the Caribbean
Animals were hiding behind the rock
Except the little fish
But they told me, he swears
Tryin’ to talk to me koi koy

Where is my mind?
Where is my mind?
Where is my mind?
Way out in the water
See it swimmin’

With your feet on the air and your head on the ground
Try this trick and spin it, yeah
Your head will collapse
If there’s nothing in it
And you’ll ask yourself

Where is my mind?
Where is my mind?
Where is my mind?
Way out in the water
See it swimmin’

Ooh
With your feet on the air and your head on the ground
Ooh
Try this trick and spin it, yeah
Ooh
Ooh
Ooh
Ooh
Ooh

Songwriter: Black Francis (aka Charles Thompson IV)

 

Candy” is a song from Iggy Pop’s ninth solo album, Brick by Brick. A duet with Kate Pierson of The B-52’s, it was the album’s second single, in September 1990. It became the biggest mainstream hit of Pop’s career, as he reached the top 40 in the United States for the first and only time. The song additionally peaked within the top 10 in Australia, Belgium and the Netherlands. “I’ve written one good pop song: ‘Candy’,” he noted. “It’s a very decent, proper pop song, but that’s as far as that went.”

7 thoughts on “Coloring Club Plus — 11/5/19

  1. I appreciate the Pixies more than I did then…though I did listen to them back then…they were really good.
    Iggy Pop + pop song is odd…but a great thing all the same.

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