Pixies – Come on Pilgrim

ARTIST: Pixies 220px-Come_on_pilgrim
TITLE: Come on Pilgrim
SINGLES: None, it was an EP
OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: How many Pixies fans can sing every word of this thing?
LINEUP: Black Francis, Kim Deal, David Lovering, Joey Santiago
WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: 4AD takes eight songs from their demo tape, remix it, and put it out there. Thus starts the Pixies in all their glory and weirdness.

SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: Let’s see: A singer who shouts, screams, barks and croons, and also sings about a song-and-a-half in Spanish. A guitar player that attacks his guitar more or less. Songs about incest, brain damaged people, religion, Puerto Rico, rock and roll culture.

Who would listen to this band at all? Well, we did. We all did.

The Pixies may have grown musically and in terms of production over their too-brief career, but Pixies 101 is right here in this eight-song EP. Black Francis’ lyrics, Kim Deal’s great bass work and backing vocals, Santiago riffing and atypical leads, and Lovering’s solid drumming.

This originally was a two-fer CD with Surfer Rosa, but now it’s streamed and sold on its own. It’s just fabulous.

NOTES & MINUTIAE: The title, from the song Levitate Me, is derived from a catchphrase of a Christian rock artist from the 80’s


GRADE: A: No fluff, no head scratching sidetracks. Just straight up Pixies magic.

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