Released exclusively in the UK in 1988 by an indie label, Pixies’ Surfer Rosa is their first major album. Surprisingly, although it is praised today as being one of the 500 best albums ever (one that laid the foundations of alternative rock), it was not a commercial success at first. And it had to wait until 1992 before being released in the US, again with limited success. Reviews by major critics evolved over time in spectacular fashion and the album ultimately became a gold album in 2005…17 years after its release!!
Surfer Rosa establishes the three pillars of Pixies’ music: a very present, heavy drum and guitar, lyrics that are tormented to say the least and a signature progression from relatively peaceful verses to powerful choruses. The classic hit is obviously ´Where is my mind?’, but the album features many jewels. My favourite tracks are the super-charged punk-rock ´Something against you’ and ´Broken face ´, the more pop yet amazing ´Gigantic’ and the completely crazy ´Tony’s theme´. A game-changing album that definitely belongs to your collection!