Pixies : Complete 'B' Sides
Flipsides to epochal singles from one of the most influential bands of the last twenty years...More on
Pixies were standard-bearers for an independent ethos and sensibility that's all but disappeared. And they were a
shit-hot rock group. B-sides, by nature, seldom do a group justice, and are mostly treasured by devoted fans, archivists and unbalanced people, but there's some quality here; a willingness to loosen up, and even throw away gems that should've been singles.
Hear Black Francis roar, way before he became Frank Black, on 'River Euphrates' and Kim Deal deadpan her way through the snowblind 'Into The White' and it's still an awakening of sorts. From the perspective of an overview, though, while the lovely surf version of 'Wave Of Mutilation' and the humorous - if entirely serious - Spanish translation of the Yardbirds' 'Evil Hearted You' still seem fresh, they're both, like most songs here, of a particular time. A long-gone time that ain't coming back - but might just live on as a spur and touchstone for others.
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