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Surfer Rosa

March 20, 2003

  Song Title
Bone Machine
Break My Body
Something Against You
Broken Face
River Euphrates
Where Is My Mind?
Tony's Theme
Oh My Golly!
Vamos (Surfer Rosa)
I'm Amazed
Brick Is Red

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Product Details

  • Original Release Date: March 20, 2003
  • Label: 4AD
  • Copyright: 1988 4AD Ltd
  • Total Length: 33:26
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  • ASIN: B000S5AISQ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (196 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,263 Paid in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 Paid in MP3 Albums)

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133 of 145 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best albums ever made April 8, 2000
Format:Audio CD
The Pixies "Surfer Rosa" is an amazing experience. This 1988 album is a superb mix of brilliant songwriting, insane lyrics, abrasive guitars and stunning melody. Many of the songs are brutal, with heavily distorted guitars and strange lyrics about incest and injury, yet they are often quite catchy and melodic. This single album influenced more bands than any other album of the late 80s. But none of them can ever even hope of making something even half as brilliant as Surfer Rosa.
The first song, "Bone Machine" is a classic. It's the quintessential Pixies song. Also, listen to it and you'll realize how much they influenced Nirvana. "Break My Body" and "Something Against You" are fast and furious, "Broken Face" is one the best Pixies songs. "Gigantic" is haunting and beautiful, with thunderous guitars and drums swirling around Kim Deal's lone bass and beautiful voice. "River Euphrates" is all about melody, and it is excellent.
"Where is my Mind?" is the climax of the album, and possibly the best song made in the 80s. It is chillingly beautiful and unforgettable. If you haven't heard it, it's the song used over the credits at the end of Fight Club (great movie). "Cactus" is different, and "Tony's Theme" rocks. Although the last four songs don't seem quite as focused, they are still excellent.
To close, Surfer Rosa is one of those timeless, brilliant rock albums that everyone should own. What are you waiting for?
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43 of 48 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Completely deranged. In a good way. February 7, 2003
Format:Audio CD
Ah, the Pixies. What can I say about them that hasn't been said before? About 3 years before Kurt Cobain released Nevermind, the Pixies were hard at work perfecting their brand of twisted Beach Boys-meets-Sonic Youth-meets-Lou Reed-meets-Ramones indie rock.
Surfer Rosa is their hardest and rawest album--Steve Albini produced this one and it shows. Black Francis is even more psychotic than in Doolittle, ranting and screaming about incest and broken bodies in his bilingual vocals. Bassist Kim Deal contributes some beautiful backup vocals and a Pixies classic, the creepy Gigantic. Joey Santiago continues to prove himself as the most underrated lead guitarist ever, and David Lovering's percussion is...well..kinda there. It all amounts to a catchy, disturbing, and very unique recording that hasn't aged a day.
Amazing songs abound. The one-two punch of Bone Machine and Break My Body pretty much set the tone and it just gets better from there. River Euphrates and Where Is My Mind? are both among my personal Top 10 Pixies songs and the latter follows on the heels of the former. It's a slice of heaven. The rest of the album right up to the almost-instrumental closer Brick Is Red holds up to this high standard.
You want/need an introduction to the Pixies, and the origins of the modern alternative movement? Buy this and Doolittle right NOW.
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40 of 47 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars pixies are my friends February 25, 2003
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Format:Audio CD
The pixies saved me from the torments of social isolation.
The pixies are so awesome they make me want to eat people.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Without this album, there would be no Nirvana. April 5, 1999
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Format:Audio CD
From the initial thump of the bass drum to Black Francis's last tortured yelp, this is pure indie brilliance. So far ahead of its time, it's not even funny; the Pixies had the soft-loud-soft formula down while Kurt Cobain was getting beat up by his peers for liking Devo. My favorite line is Francis ranting "you're so pretty when you're unfaithful to me," in the deranged opener "Bone Machine." If you haven't heard this album, then you still have much to learn about what is "alternative music." If only they had stayed together for a few more years, they may have eventually reaped the financial benefits that copy bands like Nirvana and (shudder) Bush reveled in. Maybe fifteen years from now, when it's IN again, the Pixies will reunite and take over the world. Until then, buy all of their records repeatedly, so you can support Kim Deal's sister's drug habit.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars RIGHT BEHIND REVOLVER....and the next thing you know February 24, 2004
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Format:Audio CD
Doolittle is flawless. Bossanova is Amazing. Surfer Rosa is beyond everything. time and time again as you listen to it, it takes you somewhere better and somewhere new. anyone that rates pixies overrated or in bad taste, they couldn't be more ignorant. they need to read and listen more. Listen to Surfer Rosa with your headphones and loud. listen to it 1000 times.
have a beer while you experience the album. spread the word. with all the redundant heartless music out today (blame mtv),
this album is more than essential. it is necessary. sorry for being so serious,just listen to it. it doesn't matter if you listen to garbage now, maybe your taste will change. if it doesn't, the hell with you. scumbag. hahaha just kidding, well not really.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Teen Heaven May 11, 1998
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Format:Audio CD
Ahhh nostalgia. The Pixies were the "College/Alternative" poster children of the late 80's, early 90's. Powered by the frenzied and always amusing lyrics of Black Francis as well as the alluring voice of bassist Kim Deal (The Breeders, etc.), the Pixies started making it big with the single "Monkey Gone to Heaven" off of 1989's "Doolittle." However, "Surfer Rosa" (which includes the debut EP "Come on Pilgrim") represents their earliest and most loveable work. While more money was spent producing later albums, "Surfer Rosa" stands on its own, less filtered, more raw, capturing the Pixes at a time when they were just beginning to coalesce as a band that "owned" its sound. For many Pixies fans this album is their greatest accomplishment.
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Another great reissue remastered and sounds great. First time I have it on vinyl in my personal collection. Must have for any Pixies fan
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The album was in new condition, and the birthday girl that got this as a gift was very pleased. Thanks.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Album
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Published 10 months ago by 3ppard
5.0 out of 5 stars the pixies!!!!!!
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Published 13 months ago by Edmundo
5.0 out of 5 stars Like the pixies
Love the Where Is My Mind cut used in the Fight Club movie credits. But the album is all good.
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