“How two shy, nerdy, University of Massachusetts roommates could hook up with a married secretary and a former Radio Shack employee to come up with something that sounded like surf-rock for stalkers is still a mystery. Like the Talking Heads, the Pixies were a band you could obsess over for years and still come away thinking, “yeah, but why did they sound like that, exactly?”
I’ve always been ambivalent on The Pixies – several reasons why, I think:
– one, I missed their ascent. I was in a different life space, and simply missed their growing coolness. It always helps to love a band when you catch them at their start.
– two, the band never heated up enough for me; their songs and music seems ‘cool’ to me. More style than substance, no emotional heat.
All that being said, I have Death to the Pixies, listen to it on occasion, but it doesn’t burn in my soul as it does for others I know. And I know their influence on Nirvana et al, so their place in indie rock music is assured. Just not in the upper echelon for this tin-eared suckfish me, I guess…:-)
Watch the classic Pixies sing “Monkey’s Gone to Heaven”.