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05-05-2004, 03:49 PM
Most overrated band ever?

05-05-2004, 03:55 PM
best fucking band ever?

05-05-2004, 03:57 PM
Originally posted by carter
Most overrated band ever? most idiotic post ever?

05-05-2004, 04:23 PM
this thread has gone to heaven

05-05-2004, 04:23 PM
where is my thread

05-05-2004, 04:38 PM
Thread Is Dead.

05-05-2004, 07:05 PM
Right about the time when we get some relief from a decade of Pixies inspired rock and roll they decided to launch their Vegas-tour reunion and I have to see and hear about them everywhere I fucking go.

I hate their crappy sound. I hate their crappy songwriting. Their songs have the lasting power of "Wanna Be a Baller". Yeah. Maybe that is how the inspired bands to make so much crappy music. You can't possibly enjoy a Pixies / Nirvana / JAMC / Weezer / GBV / Everclear / Dismemberment Plan / Sebadoh / ECT FUCKING ECT song for more than a few months... so on to the next band, on to the next song... For 10 FUCKING years.

Their influence is the worst thing that has happened to music EVER.

05-05-2004, 07:25 PM
Are you retarded?

05-05-2004, 07:41 PM
Originally posted by carter
blah blah blah

Hey, how about next you post a thread about how much The Beatles suck. AND DON'T STOP THERE! YOU HAVE SO MUCH MORE STUPIDITY TO EXHIBIT! YOU HAVE SO MUCH MORE TO GIVE!

I can't wait to see what the future holds for you and this board. Keep it up.

05-05-2004, 07:46 PM
Thank you. Your blind exoneration of all things Pixies illustrates my point.

05-05-2004, 07:48 PM
Originally posted by carter
Thank you. Your blind exoneration of all things Pixies illustrates my point.

I'm glad I could help out.

05-05-2004, 07:49 PM
the pixies are good but they are not THAT good

05-05-2004, 08:15 PM
Originally posted by GoGadget
the pixies are good but they are not THAT good

no im pretty sure there THAT good

05-05-2004, 08:53 PM
Originally posted by oclaftap

no im pretty sure there THAT good


05-05-2004, 09:19 PM
Originally posted by GoGadget


because there music gives me orgasms and frank black's scream is incredible and oh so many reasons, simply there just awesome

05-05-2004, 09:26 PM
that's a good enough reason for me.
i have surfer rosa, unfortunately i don't get off on it, but i listen to it occasionly. which album would you say gives you the most orgasms?

05-05-2004, 10:01 PM
fuck off, carter. talking shit doesn't make you cool.

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"I was a huge Pixies fan, and I love both what Frank Black and the Breeders did afterwards." (Bob Mould in Guitar World, May 1997)

"When I heard the new Pixies record [Trompe Le Monde] I was kind of jealous. In its first four minutes the record lays out more ideas than some bands do in their careers. Pixies records are a big challenge. You've really got to dig in. a 6/8 break with a walkie-talkie? Critics might hone in on that, but I'm not sure if everyone gets it. And there's this great turn, a phrase, it's kind of like the "Popcorn" break, it just comes along at a perfect time." (Bob Mould in Musician)

"Some bands simply lifted the 'sound' wholesale. Others probably heard what could be done with music, and took their own sound one step further. Those are the ones who got it right (Pixies, MBV, maybe?)" (Bob Mould again)

"Dynamite really weren't recognized at all. Nor were the Pixies, not in America anyway. They were more in Europe. They gained a real cult following in Europe. But over here it seems nobody believed in the Pixies. It does seem that first come is last rewarded in many cases." (David Bowie in an Addicted To Noise interview)

"I felt very depressed the day I heard about the Pixies split. What a waste...I could see them becoming huge. When I heard NEVERMIND from Nirvana for the first time, I was really, really angry. This dynamics in the songs, this was a total Pixies rip-off. I would have like so much the Pixies and Sonic Youth to be at the top. The former have split, and the latter accept too much compromise." (David Bowie in a French interview for Les Inrockuptibles, June 1993)

"I was trying to write the ultimate pop song. I was basically trying to rip off the Pixies. I have to admit it [smiles]. When I heard the Pixies for the first time, I connected with that band so heavily I should have ben in that band - or at least in a Pixies cover band. We used their sense of dynamics, being soft and quiet and then loud and hard." (Kurt Cobain about how he wrote "Smells Like Teen Spirit", from a Rolling Stone interview by David Fricke, 01-27-94, reported by James R. Butcher)

"I really have no desire to read the lyrics my favorite rock stars write. I don't pay attention. My favorite album this year was the Breeders' Pod [from 1990]. Actually, I lied - I do listen to Kim Deal's lyrics. But I don't really pay attention to what people write. Even interviews, I just take with a grain of salt. The only ones I've ever read that I really liked were ones with the Pixies and Butthole Surfers -other than that I can't even think of any that I even finished." (Kurt Cobain again, in Spin, January 1992)

"I kind of don't think it's enough at this point for girls to start a band, and be punk. There aren't many girls right now who write really good songs. I wanna write as good as Charles from the Pixies, or Kurt, or Neil Young. It seems like girls always concentrate on lyrics. I read in Sassy about how girls get discouraged from math, and I think that affects songwriting, because math is a big part of arranging songs in your head." (Courtney Love of Hole, in Sassy, April 1992)

In an MTV report on Courtney Love, there was this excerpt:
"The book *******s Love's diary entries and letters to the late Kurt Cobain, whom she once referred to as 'pixie meat'" (submitted by Raj Kale)

"I wanted Gil because of the work he'd done with The Pixies," Grohl recalls. "His knack for making a really fucked-up sound sound really... divine. He can sort of polish a really messy guitar sound so that it's still a messy guitar sound, but it's really clear and distinct. The clarity on all those records is really great. You can hear everything. It's so good." (Dave Grohl of Foo Fighters, from their official site's biography, submitted by Raj Kale)

"Frank Black is my vocal hero. And he's the best songwriter I know. You probably won't believe it but during the recording of the vocals for Enough Space he was sitting next to me. Our producer, Gil Norton, invited him. They're old friends. Norton produced many of the Pixies' records. But there he was, in the studio, when I had to sing. I was fuckin scared man! I thought: at least I have to try to impress him. So I yelled/screamed the vocals in stead of singing them, Frank used to be pretty good at that. Finally I had the courage to ask him if he wanted to yell/scream along on the track, but he didn't want to. He was busy rehearsing new material and wanted to save his voice. Besides he said that the song didn't needed his voice, it was good enough. It was one of the best moments of my life: Frank Black. THE Frank Black, saying that a Foo Fighters is good enough." (Dave Grohl again, in an interview for the Dutch magazine Oor, May 1997, translated and reported by Joris Gillet)

"The Pixies was the first band that I really started to take notice of time changes and stuff," says Daniel. "I totally know what people mean when they say that that band or this band sounds like a Pixies, that's the Pixies formula. I can understand them saying that about our first album...
But to me the thing about the Pixies that you can't copy just by doing quiet verses and loud choruses, or by doing weird time signatures, or whatever somewhat formulaic notions that they had, is the sort of loopiness. You kind of got the feeling that Black Francis was like, 'I don't give a fuck' when he wrote these songs. It's like, 'I'll just throw in whatever fucking nutty thing I can.' I mean that not by studio tricks, but by his songwriting. He just seems like very un-uptight... That can't be imitated." (Britt Daniel of Spoon, in an Addicted To Noise article)

"Definitely the Pixies are one of the bands that really blew my mind when I first moved to L.A. and started to discover cool music." (Rivers Cuomo of Weezer, in an Addicted To Noise interview)

"My formative years were spent learning all the hot licks of the metal masters. Later on, I got turned onto people like the Pixies' Joey Santiago. I took that in, but it could only go so deep. I had already been molded. Hot licks are in my bones." (Rivers Cuomo again, in Guitar World, March 1997)

When asked about guitar influences: "The Scorpions, without a doubt--and Ace Frehley. My formative years were spent learning all the hot licks of the metal masters. Later on, I got turned onto people like the Pixies' Joey Santiago. I took that in, but it could only go so deep. I had already been molded. Hot licks are in my bones." (Rivers Cuomo, one more time, reported by Bryan Bodell)

"- How important is it for you to keep your audiences off balance? - Not particularly important. Although I did like the way the Pixies did it. There was always enough surprise there to keep you coming back to hear more. You'd hear things three times instead of four, it was less mechanical and predictable. More curious and twisted. - Is the mood of the band dark? - I think there's a lot of humor in what we do. Like the Pixies in a way. There's a lot of black and twisted humor." (Jonny Greenwood of Radiohead, Guitar Magazine, October 1997)

"We wanted to make a crossing of Queen's 'Bohemian Rhapsody' and The Pixies." (Ed O'Brien of Radiohead, about their song Paranoid Android, Humo, July 1997)

"If we were all into the Pixies and nothing else, then it would be pretty obvious what the band would sound like." (Thom Yorke of Radiohead, in an Addicted To Noise interview)

"The greatest band ever" (Thom Yorke again, Guitar World Magazine, April 1998)

"The Pixies were also a big one for me, as were Sonic Youth." (Grant Lee Phillips of Grant Lee Buffalo, in Alternative Press, November 1996)

"I can trace the source of my disenchantment with rock music to the break-up of my favourite-ever band, the Pixies." (Graham Linehan, former UK rock critic, in Mojo, March 1995)

"I think Stone Temple Pilots, Nirvana, _and_ Pearl Jam actually owe something to Jane's Addiction and the Pixies." (Scott Weiland responding to comparisons of Stone Temple Pilots and Pearl Jam, HUH Magazine, 1995, reported by Gavin)

"Steve Albini has just been one of the most seminal figures for me in music. He made two of my favorite records of all time: The Pixies' Surfer Rosa and Pod, the Breeders' first record. Just working with him--that was pressure." (Gavin Rossdale of Bush, from a Mr. Showbiz interview, November 1996, reported by Raj Kale)

"I'm not good enough to show my influences where they really are. I can't quite appropriate well enough. I love the Pixies, but I still can't sound like them." (Gavin Rossdale again, in SPIN, December 1996)

"I didn't get to be in the Pixies, but I certainly got to work with a couple of people who worked with them." (Gavin Rosdale, one more time, on MTV)
"Yeah, they're the guys that probably think they're changing the world, but I could tell him he's just written a Pixies song. I'd have more respect for them if they were calculated careerists that knew, 'Yeah we're ripping them off'" (Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails speaking about... Bush, in a Raygun 1997 interview)

"To be honest, the Pixies allow me to best express my obsessions." (Vaughan Oliver, V23 designer, from a Premonition interview, December 1991, translated from the French by Tara)

"[Black Francis] can incorporate humor into a serious song. I saw him play solo in London last year. His songs are so strong with just a guitar. I enjoyed them even more than the Pixies, who I already like a lot. It's not for me to say I sound like them, but he's probably been an influence. I admire him." (Polly Jean Harvey in Puncture, October 1992)

"Keep diggin' for fire, we love you." (Bono of U2 on a note sent to the Pixies during their 1990 joined tour, after a Dublin show)

"I love that record now. Before, I saw it as all these groups saying 'O.K. Uncle Neil, time for that rocking chair'. I love all those guys on the record - The Pixies, Sonic Youth and that Nick Cave guy in particular. When I heard it, it really touched me." (Neil Young speaking about the The Bridge tribute album, in VOX, 1990)

"We liked the Pixies and the Breeders' Pod album and decided that was what we wanted to do. Not mimic them, but play hard music. I wanted to feel the power of playing electric guitar." (Nina Gordon of Veruca Salt in The Third Word, January/February 1994)

"That's what I mean, it makes you take a sharp intake of breath, it's exciting in a way I haven't felt since I first heard the Pixies." (Craig Ward of dEUS in Volume 17, reported by Patrick Asselman)

"I'd like, eventually, to write as much stuff as Donna and Justine do, and be as good as them. I'd also like to... be in a band with my sister - like, when the Pixies were around and Kim Deal went off and did the Breeders at the same time, I wanna do that - cos my sister's a brilliant guitarist." (Elastica's bassist Sheila Chipperfield in Volume 17, reported by Patrick Asselman)
Note: Sheila played the bass line of "Gigantic" when she (successfully) auditionned for replacing Annie Holland.

"I like it when people say 'I like your guitar lines, I really want to play something like that'. 'Cos I remember looking at Kim Deal and her basslines for the Pixies, then she went off to form her own band and it made me think 'yeah, I can do that'." (Donna Matthews of Elastica, in Grok Newsmagazine, 1996)

"It was as much a surprise to us as it was to anybody else. We'd kind of heard just before it was released that they were doing it, but it was a wild card. But I've always liked them so it was even more flattering - a cover by a band that you actually respect anyway. Anybody doing a cover is flattering - any-body; it can only be a compliment. But when it's by a band that you've already bought their records, it's even moreso." (Jim Reid of Jesus & Mary Chain, about Head On covered by the Pixies, in On The Street, May 1995)

"The reality is that Steve Albini has a pathological necessity to ruin everything in his surroundings. It has gotten to the point where he laughs at all of the albums he has made and of the bands he has worked with. He thinks that "Surfer Rosa" that he produced for the Pixies is a piece of shit. What kind of person is that?" (Billy Corgan of Smashing Pumpkins, in Spanish magazine ABC, 1996)

"I like the way their songs were discordant, weird, and then went into beautiful chords - that switch from the bizarre to the harmonious is really vibey. And how the vocals worked and gelled was quite mad." (Gaz Coombes from Supergrass, Melody Maker, October 1997)

"I found them completely inspirational; the perfect balance between dischord and pop. They influenced how I look at songs." (Paul Smith from Silver Sun, Melody Maker, October 1997)

"If Satan had a band he'd have been in The Pixies. The world wouldn't have been ready for Nirvana without them and they provided equal opportunities for bald, fat madmen in rock." (Alex Lee from Strangelove, Melody Maker, October 1997)

"Their songs were a bit different because they had twisted choruses and weird harmonies. They were a bit odd... but loveable." (Pat Wilksten from The Wannadies, Melody Maker, October 1997)

"The Pixies were just way ahead of their time. They are one of the few bands who have managed to combine the biggest noises with the biggest tunes." (Chris McCormack from 3 Colours Red, Melody Maker, October 1997)

"Gil [Norton] is probably one of the two or three most influential producers of the last 10 or 15 years. He doesn't get the credit for that. But Nirvana changed music, and Kurt was really clear about how much he listened to those Pixies records. And Gil did those records. He was able to focus the band into something where you could hear those songs. Doolittle floors me to this day. Listen to "Debaser" - it's a stunning song. "Monkey Gone To Heaven" is out of this world." (Adam Duritz from Counting Crows)

"Adam, Larry, Bono, The Edge, all had their own dressing rooms. And then, the Pixies dressing room said "opening band". Can you believe that?" (Jimmy Pop Ali from the Bloodhoung Gang, speaking about the Pixies opening for U2, in a 99.9 The Buzz interview)

"The Pixies were probably the most influential band in the last 20 years. Doolittle changed my life. When Doolittle came out, I almost quit my job that day. I was working in downtown San Francisco. At lunch time I bought the tape and started listening to it on my Walkman, walking back to work in my suit and my little ponytail, got to a phone, called in sick. I got on a city bus, rode around for four hours listening to that. I went home that night, told my first wife I was gonna start a new band. And then I started a country band. But it wasn't the matter of doing that type of music. It was, there's still viable music coming out now, music that has its own voice. And if they can do it, I can do it too." (Art Alexakis from Everclear, Addicted To Noise)

"I'm obviously such a huge fan -- I think on our last album (1996's Wholesale Meats And Fish) there were some really, really obvious references to the Pixies." (Kay Handley from Letters To Cleo, Addicted To Noise)

"We fell in love as bands. We fell in love, we toured together -- we called home together. We were so young... we even all used to sing songs on the tour bus together to pass time. Having a lousy opener is depressing, because you end up just sitting there, wondering why you do what you do. But watching the Pixies every night was exhausting... it felt like we were actually playing another show." (Kristin Hersh from Throwing Muses, Addicted To Noise)

"When we were all 18, the big deal for bands in Boston was to make a lot of noise. The Pixies totally dropped this drum and bass sound and more or less scared the shit out of everybody. I'd never seen a band play so quietly without being fragile. They were so simple, but so striking, too. They're so legendary to me." (Kristin Hersh again, Addicted To Noise)

"The Pixies were definitely what broke me away from my childhood, but I would say their third album Doolittle and Sonic Youth's Daydream Nation were pinnacles for me." (Jason Taylor of the band Made, reported by Raj Kale)

"I formed White Town in 1989 after seeing a brill Pixies gig. My reasoning was that Black Francis was a porker and could get away with playing noisy pop music so maybe I could as well?" (Jyoti of White Town, on their official biography, reported by Richard Miske)

"I used to be into prog-rock like Rush and Yes. When I got to college, I got into indie rock and stuff like the Pixies and realized it was more about simplicity." (Keith Gendel from Papas Fritas, Webnoize)

"I worked with Gil Norton because he produced The Pixies. I know that in some of my guitar work I definitely rip them off. I owe you money guys... sorry!" (Debbie Smith from Echobelly, in an interview for a French rockumentary)

"I believe the Pixies actually do the things they sing about in their songs. People think they just loaf about in their Macy's clothes and their middle-class homes eating eight-stacks of pancakes with maple syrup. But I'm convinced they're actually having blender sex or shoving earth-drilling equipment into the reproductive organs of farm animals." (Chris Morris, British humorist who made the Motherbanger Pixies parody, Select, 1989)
"I listen to music all the time when I write--I almost can't write without music--and what I'm listening to affects the way that I write. Some parts of Vurt, were ultimately to do with The Pixies--whom I was mad about at the time" (British sci-fi writer Jeff Noon, Alternative X)

"I think people like the Pixies and Kurt [Cobain] are very special and I think that's very obvious from listening to them, not particularly what they're singing either but HOW they're singing it, the sheer energy and attitude behind it." (Jeff Noon again, Geek, 1997)

"While I was in Killing Joke, we were on tour in Europe opening for the Pixies. We were getting ready to play for 7,000 people in Barcelona, and the other guys in the band were like, how can we really fuck with the Pixies? How can we totally fuck them up? They wanted to cut the cables, or make the amps explode. I'm like, guys what the fuck? Why don't we fuck 'em up in a positive way by playing "Wardance" or "Eighties" intstead of all those obscure b-sides? Yeah, positive energy, and it was the best Killing Joke set we'd done." (Martin Atkins, former Killing Joke and now Pigface guitarist, Procession, 1995)

"I don't know that there's much out there deserving of special mention, anyway. I haven't heard a Pixies or anything really special in a long time." (Todd Spahr of The Gravy, The Noise)

We're all big Pixies fans, and we're amazed how Frank Black could sing in a completely different way on each song." (Alexis Fleisig of Girls Vs. Boys, 1998)

"When we started we wanted to sound like the Pixies" (Damon Albarn of Blur, speaking about their 1997 eponymous album, in Spin)


Sugar's A Good Idea is a Bob Mould's homage to the Pixies, and more especially to Debaser.

Though not a direct homage, Smell Like Teen Spirit was described by Kurt Cobain as a desperate attempt to write a song in a Pixies style. It seems that live, the song was sometimes played with a Pixies intro (for instance in Seattle, in October 1992).

The Obscure have a song called Jealousy, which says:

Don't know what's come over me
I wish I sang like Charles T.

(reported by Vincent Whitacre)

Pony have a song called Fortune Cookie, which says:

I saw Black Francis in a dream
and he said that I could have
and I said, and I said
and I said Black Francis
turkeys in my garage
with fantastic tattooed recipes...

(reported by Cameron Frazier)

Ben Lee has a song called Pop Queen, in which he describes the ideal girl:

She loves the Pixies
She's the ultimate pop queen you know what I mean
Yeah my girl is a true dream..

He also has a song called Away With The Pixies (reported by Hannah)

Larry Norman has a song at the end of which he yells:

Come on pilgrim, you know he loves you!

...but this is on a 1977 album ! (reported by J. Landis)
Actually, the Pixies paid homage to this Christian folk singer, and not the contrary! See Come On Pilgrim entry in the Titles section for more details.

The group The Bloodhound Gang has a song ( Named Fire, Water, Burn) in which the following Pixies references are found:

I'm not black like Barry White,
I am white like Frank Black is.

It then goes on to:

So if man is five and the devil is six then that must make me seven,
This honkey's gone to heaven."

....A parody of Monkey Gone to Heaven (reported by Velouria10)

British humorist Chris Morris made a wonderful parody of the Pixies, called Motherbanger, which was released on a flexi-disk given away with Select magazine. (reported by Robert Cooper)

Nirvana during their '91 tour played (over the speakers, not live as covers) Motorway to Roswell after they finished the show. I've also heard Head On and Gigantic played after a Nirvana show too. When I saw the Foo Fighters on March 28, 1996 in Milwaukee, WI, Dave Grohl began Good Grief by singing "This is a song about a super hero named Tony! It's called Tony's Theme!" (reported by Michael)

In January 1998 issue of Guitar World, Dave Grohl was asked to make a 60 minutes tape of his favorite music, and to comment about it. In his selection could be found Motorway To Roswell ("a really beautiful piece of music") and Frank Black's Fu Manchu, with this comment: "Frank's my favorite, so I've got to mention him twice". In a recent interview to The Guitar Magazine, he also mentioned Trompe Le Monde as his favorite album of all time.

There is a musical reference to Stormy Weather by Chicago band Veruca Salt in their song Number One Blind, which is a song about window blinds and superficially sounds a bit like Velouria. Towards the end of the song they sing

It is time, it is time, it is time for stormy weather...
They also sound very much like the Breeders, which prompted the twisting of a line from their first single, "Seether" as follows: "Can't fight the seether" changed to... "Sound like the Breeders." (reported by John Walkey)

Michael Stipe of REM listed Doolittle as one of his 10 favorite albums from the 80's, together with Viva Hate (Morrissey) or Psychocandy (Jesus and Mary Chain).

The Dandy Wharols have a song on their latest album (...The Dandy Wharols Come Down) called Cool As Kim Deal. (reported by Raj Kale)

In Chile, Pixies are very popular. A few years ago, a band called Pixiemania used to play Pixies covers exclusively. (submitted by Ernesto Miranda)

A band called Giant Ant Farm did a "cover" of Dead. The song is called The Clapper, and contains excerpts of Dead, done in Klezmer style. The song also covers a traditional Klezmer song and Rock-n-roll star by AC/DC. (reported by Michael Sumner)

There was a band in Melbourne Australia called Tlot Tlot. On their 1992 CD Pistolbuttsa' Twinkle, they had a song called Sunny Delirious which featured a sample from the start of Gigantic. (reported by Geoff Prince)

"I thought you might be interested to know that Pavement 'covered' Gigantic. Their song Kentucky Cocktail as it goes to hell he starts singing

Gigantic, gigantic, gigantic, our big big dog
It's available to download as an MP3 from their official site." (submitted by Tom Nugent)

Eboman is a Dutch artist who makes dance music. He had a hit with his song Donuts with Buddah quite some time ago, in 1996. In the booklet of his Donuts with Buddah album it says "Ebo respect: ..." and then he names a number of artists that you would expect like Chemical Brothers, Bomb the Bass, but also a few you would not expect like Herbie Hancock and... Pixies! (submitted by Patrick Asselman)

Eddie Vedder invited Frank Black to open for Pearl Jam in 1998 as an homage. During this tour, Vedder often sang lines from Pixies songs, including I've Been Tired and Monkey Gone To Heaven.
"I went to see Frank Black in Portland opening for Pearl Jam a couple weeks ago. In the middle of one of Pearl Jam's songs, Eddie Vedder started singing

...loosing my penis to a whore with disease, just kidding I said, losing my life to a...
I started looking around at the die-hard Pearl Jam fans all around me who had been singing (screaming, really) along the entire time, and they were standing confused looking at each other like 'What the hell is he singing?' It was great." (submitted by Matt Hamel)

Simon Gallup from The Cure lists the Pixies as one of his favorite bands.

The Pixies are also one of the favorite bands of Jimmy Chamberlin, former member of the Smashing Pumpkins, whose new band, The Last Hard Men, has Kelley Deal in the lineup.

The Smashing Pumpkins have also a song called Spaceboy which opens with:

Feel it
Break your bones
Mr. Jones

Taste me
As I bleed
Taste my need
This may be a reference to the Pixies (Break My Body, I Bleed, Crackity Jones?)

Thom Yorke from Radiohead has already introduced Stop Whispering as being a tribute to the Pixies.
On MTV Europe, the band also presented their album OK Computer as a cross between Pink Floyd, the Pixies, and Elvis Costello.

In their song Misdirected Hostility, the band 311 sings

You should take a tip from the one Frank Black
Playsome pachinko play some parcheesi
Cause all the angst shit is just cheesy

The song Shame On You by the Indigo Girls has the line:

I say let's put on some tunes
Sing a long and dolittle all day
In an interview on World Cafe, in May 1997, Amy Ray explained it was referring to the Pixies album Doolittle, she was listening to the day she wrote this song about "the importance of the beauty of, like, ethnic things in our life."

Pixies albums are *******d several times amongst the favorite albums of some alternative rockers, as featured in SPIN Alternative Record Guide" (Vintage Books, 1995):

Courtney Love (Hole):
4. Pixies, Surfer Rosa
Josephine Wiggs (The Breeders):
7. Pixies, Doolittle

Kristin Hersh (Throwing Muses):
7. Pixies, Come on Pilgrim

05-06-2004, 06:25 AM
Originally posted by eyesbomb
best fucking band ever?

I wouldn't say BEST ever, but coolest ever?

Fuck yeah, probably.

05-06-2004, 07:31 AM
Debaser - That is my exact point. For the most part, the bands that the Pixies influenced blow ass and dominated rock music throughout the 1990's and early 2000's. Even if they eventually proved to be good bands (i.e. Radiohead) their Pixies influenced stuff sucks. Many of those bands you had quotes from wrote some good songs, but which ones came on the radio? The ones that sounded like crappy Pixies covers. Your quotes support my argument.

And if you think that fatasses, who haven't done anything worthwhile since 1991, scrambling around the country playing greatest hits shows is cool, well then I can't argue with you.

I am willing to admit that this band made two really good rock records (and two average ones), but this whole greatest band ever thing annoys the shit out of me.

05-06-2004, 07:38 AM
I encourage every one of you to read the quotes posted by Debaser.

Even if you do honestly think that they are "the best band ever" you HAVE to admit that they influenced some crappy, crappy music.

dean moriaty
05-06-2004, 07:44 AM
you can't say they haven't done anything good since trompe le monde. that's bollocks - the breeders and FB and the catholics are both fantastic

05-06-2004, 07:57 AM
You're right. The first two Breeders albums were really good.

And I have only heard a handful of FB & the Catholics songs. I don't really care too though. If I wasn't into it then I am pretty sure I won't like it now.

El Savior
05-06-2004, 10:04 AM
in my opinion...

i don't know if they're the best band of all time... pfft, but whoever the best is the pixies are a close second.

05-06-2004, 10:08 AM
Originally posted by carter
I encourage every one of you to read the quotes posted by Debaser.

Even if you do honestly think that they are "the best band ever" you HAVE to admit that they influenced some crappy, crappy music.

radiohead, smashing pumpkins, nirvana, weezer, pearl jam, etc...

the pixies influenced everybody and they suck for that? illogical.

what's your all-time greatest band then? i bet whoever you say will suck just based on your own reasons you say the pixies suck - because they were either influenced by the pixies or have themselves influenced other crap bands, they can't fuckin help that.

05-08-2004, 07:44 AM
I bet his all time favourite band is like

REO Speedwagon or something

05-08-2004, 03:08 PM
Right about the time when we get some relief from a decade of Pixies inspired rock and roll they decided to launch their Vegas-tour reunion and I have to see and hear about them everywhere I fucking go.

I hate their crappy sound. I hate their crappy songwriting. Their songs have the lasting power of "Wanna Be a Baller". Yeah. Maybe that is how the inspired bands to make so much crappy music. You can't possibly enjoy a Pixies / Nirvana / JAMC / Weezer / GBV / Everclear / Dismemberment Plan / Sebadoh / ECT FUCKING ECT song for more than a few months... so on to the next band, on to the next song... For 10 FUCKING years.

Their influence is the worst thing that has happened to music EVER.

Again. My points:

#1 The Pixies are overrated.

#2 I don't care for their sound or songwriting.

#3 I could easily get past point #2 if 90% of the bad rock music in the past decade didn't sound like them and everyone didn't adore them.

#4 Even if you do enjoy the Pixies and think they are a great band, you can not argue with the fact that they have influenced some crappy music over the last decade.

And to clarify #4, I didn't mean to suggest that the merits of a bands music is contingent upon their inspiration to others. In fact, I am suggesting the exact opposite. Because every time I tell someone that I hate their sound and songwriting they lecture me on how "influential" they were to 90's rock music.

Didn't mean to step on anyone's toes. I was just honestly curious as to whether anyone else is willing to admit that they may be at least a little bit overrated.

05-08-2004, 03:11 PM
i must say, i am not a big pixies fan. they judt never did it for me

05-08-2004, 04:14 PM
of the songs i have heard (and i own surfer rosa) i enjoy the following

where is my mind
river euphrates
broken face
tony's theme
here comes your man
monkey gone to heaven
something against you

apart from that they are just MEH. their music sounds like it was made by a bunch of 12 year olds going around in retardo sandals, and i don't think they were trying to be ironic. ONE smashing pumpkins song is worth a whole pixies album, or more. i like the pixies because they kind of had/have a "look at us we're a band LOL" attitude and they did/do have a few cool songs, but they are certainly the world's most overrated band recently. they were indeed influential, but the childish soul behind their music is so raw its annoying, the bands they influenced like the pumpkins and nirvana dusted it off and made it accessible.