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Song of the Day (Chaotic Neutral): Pixies – Debaser

Day 11.

No particular reason that I’m choosing this song today. Was just listening to a playlist & it came on, reminding me how much I love it. A quick check back through previous Song of the Day series to make sure I hadn’t already used it & here it is.

Got me a movie
I want you to know
Slicing up eyeballs
I want you to know

Girlie so groovy
I want you to know
Don’t know about you
But I am un chien andalusia

I am un chien andalusia
I am un chien andalusia
I am un chien andalusia

Wanna grow up to be
Be a debaser
Debaser
Debaser
Debaser
Debaser
Debaser

Got me a movie
Ha ha ha ho
Slicing up eyeballs
Ha ha ha ho

Girlie so groovie
Ha ha ha ho
Don’t know about you
But I am un chien andalusia

I am un chien andalusia
I am un chien andalusia
I am un chien andalusia

Debaser
Debaser
Debaser
Debaser
Debaser
Debaser
Debaser
Debaser
Debaser
Debaser
Debaser
Debaser

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Song of the Day (Movie Soundtracks): Pixies – Where Is My Mind?

Day 9. “Oooh. Stop!” Where Is My Mind? by the Pixies not only soundtracks the explosive finale of the psychological late ’90’s uber-thriller Fight Club (below) but it’s also a ridiculously good song that doesn’t really need an excuse to post about it. It’s a rare song (although, come to think about it, Pixies have quite a few) that doesn’t sound as if it was written & recorded so much as it was grown. It’s got an elemental, organic feel to it that is preciously rare in a way which I find difficult to explain.

Partly as a result of it’s inclusion in Fight Club & partly as a result of it’s inclusion on the genre-defining Indie Rock masterpiece Surfer Rosa, Where Is My Mind? absolutely writhes with the kind of cultural significance that that you could write entire series of books about. To attempt to get the importance of this phenomenal work of art, I have included below both the ending scene of Fight Club during which the song is utilised & an excellent live (TV) performance of the song by the band back in 1988, at the absolute peak of their powers.

Pixies, 1988, “I guess you guys aren’t ready for that yet. But your kids are gonna love it.”

Ooh, stop

With your feet on the air and your head on the ground
Try this trick and spin it, yeah
Your head will collapse
But there’s nothing in it
And you’ll ask yourself

Where is my mind?
Where is my mind?
Where is my mind?
Way out in the water
See it swimmin’

I was swimmin’ in the Caribbean
Animals were hiding behind the rock
Except the little fish
But they told me, he swears
Tryin’ to talk to me koi koy

Where is my mind?
Where is my mind?
Where is my mind?
Way out in the water
See it swimmin’

With your feet on the air and your head on the ground
Try this trick and spin it, yeah
Your head will collapse
If there’s nothing in it
And you’ll ask yourself

Where is my mind?
Where is my mind?
Where is my mind?
Way out in the water
See it swimmin’

Ooh
With your feet on the air and your head on the ground
Ooh
Try this trick and spin it, yeah
Ooh
Ooh
Ooh
Ooh
Ooh

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Song of the Day (Covers): Pixies – Head On

Day 4. Like yesterdays Pavement cover of an Echo & The Bunnymen song, todays choice is an American Indie Rock band covering a song by a British Indie Rock band. Pixies excellent cover of The Jesus And Mary Chain’s 1989 single Head On.

Pixies imbued this Jesus And Mary Chain classic with additional speed & aggression. Black Francis’ howl is in stark contrast to the polished Pop sheen of the original, truly making it their own. I personally know several people who assumed it was a Pixies original.

As soon as I get my head around you
I come around catching sparks off you
I get an electric shock from you
This secondhand living just won’t do
And the way I feel tonight
I could die and I wouldn’t mind
And there’s something going on inside
Makes you want to feel
Makes you want to try
Makes you want to blow the stars from the sky
And I can’t stand up
I can’t cool down
I can’t get my head off the ground
As soon as I get my head around you
I come around catching sparks off you
And all I ever got from you
Was all I ever took from you
Yeah, the world could die in pain
And I wouldn’t feel no shame
And there’s nothing holding me to blame
Makes you want to feel
Makes you want to try
Makes you want to blow the stars from the sky
And I’m taking myself to a dirty part of town
Where all my troubles can’t be found
I said yeah yeah yeah yeah yeah
And I’m taking myself to a dirty part of town
Where all my troubles can’t be found
Makes you want to feel
Makes you want to try
Makes you want to blow the stars from the sky

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Song of the Day (A-Z): Pixies – Levitate Me

Day 12 (L) & we’re hearing some Pixies. The wonderful Levitate Me is taken from the Pixies debut EP Come On Pilgrim (now repackaged with their debut long-player, Surfer Rosa).

The eight songs on Come On Pilgrim were hand picked by 4AD label owner Ivo Watts-Russell from the seventeen tracks Pixies recorded for their early demo, the famous “Purple Tape”. The remaining nine tracks surfaced in the 2002 Pixies EP.

This version of Levitate Me is taken from their gig in 1988 at Londons Town & Country Club. Incredibly, Pixies were supporting 4AD label mates Throwing Muses. This gig was released on DVD in 2004, well worth tracking down. They’re selling quite cheap these days.

Give me help
Give me help
You can, levitate me

Then take off them rings
Off them hose
Levitate me

Higher place
Levitate me

Elevator lady [Repeat: x4]
Lady levitate me

If all in all is true [Repeat: x3]
If all is true
Won’t you please fawn over me [Repeat: x4]

Shaky shake, shakey
Levitate me

Come on pilgrim
You know he loves you
Levitate me

Higher place
Levitate me

He kicked a baby
Elevator lady [Repeat: x3]
Lady
Elevator lady
Lady, lady, levitate meIf all in all is true [Repeat: x3]
If all is true
Won’t you please run over me [Repeat: x5]
Me, me, me, me

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