Saturday, 6 June 2015

Oliver: The Pixies - Bone Machine [Live] (14 December 1991)

There's a Peel session from this band coming up in a few posts time, so I'll leave the analysis till then, but in the meantime all I can say is how did anyone refrain from choosing The Pixies as their favourite band ever, when they emerged in 1988?  I'm not sure why Peel was playing this track from 1988's Surfer Rosa album, when their Trompe le Monde album was less than three months old at this point, but I'm glad he did.  The grab bag of abrasive guitar, three minute melodies and Lewis Carroll style nonsense filtered through an East Coast sensibility shouldn't work anywhere near as well as it does here, but somehow it pulls off the miraculous feat of making the listener think hard about what's being said while simultaneously turning off one's mind and floating into the carnival, crazy house that characterised so much of the Massachusetts four-piece's early work.

Video courtesy of Brad SuperFreedomRock.

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