Crate-Digging: Pixies – At the BBC

I have a completely-filled 120 GB iPod classic, the record crate of the digital age, containing my entire music library. I’m listening to each release in alphabetical order by record title – kind of a virtual archaeological dig. These are my findings.

(4AD/Elektra, 1998)

The photo for this cover is an actual shot of Matt Dunn's back.

“In Heaven, every THING! IS! FINE!”

I was shaking in my boots when I first heard that unearthly yelp close out the Pixies’ BBC performance collection. The message versus the delivery – it freaked me out. In a good way – a revitalizing way. Black Francis was on a scorched-earth mission, napalming everything in his path. I’ve never heard him so enraged.

Weirder, the song, “In Heaven (Lady in the Radiator Song),” was a cover of sorts of the song from David Lynch’s surrealistic mindbender Eraserhead. Fortunately, in Pixies’ capable hands, surreal is often the M.O.: “Modus Operandi!” (Thank you again, David.) Such a singular band – and apparently England did them right. At the BBC, mostly a collection of material performed under the late John Peel’s watchful eye (two songs aired on the Mark Goodier show) between 1988 and 1991, finds the band on a roll, so confident and enthralled with itself that the songs feel ripped out of their collective spiritual essences by a huge disembodied hand, such is the breathless momentum with which they explode from the studio. Pixies are a great live band – yep, saw ’em in 2004 on the reunion tour – and live in the studio fits their aesthetic perfectly.

Most of the songs featured in this collection are album tracks, but you get a couple treats: The aforementioned “In Heaven,” as well as B-sides “Manta Ray” and an ear-splitting cover of The Beatles’ “Wild Honey Pie” sweeten the deal. Memorable live takes of “There Goes My Gun” (super short at 1:25!), “Is She Weird” (complete with Kim Deal vocal flub), a sped-up UK Surf version of “Wave of Mutilation,” and blistering takes on “Down to the Well,” “Levitate Me,” and “Dead” only reinforce how freaking good Pixes are. And they were huge in England – feels like us Americans missed out back in the day. But you can right that wrong by getting your mits on this little gem – it’s really worth it.

This column is short for a reason – Pixies are an in/out/done kind of band, and I’ll follow their lead. Plus, what else can you say about one of the greatest bands ever? (Yes, my opinion – I’ll work up the numbers.) But in the spirit of surreality, I present my entire column again, this time wrung through Translator Party. Enjoy!

“In heaven, everything! That is fine!”

Pixies’ BBC, and shake my collection, last cry of his boots, the world’s first performance was heard. To deliver the message – it freaked me. How good – how to enable it. Burakkufuranshisu, ash napalming mission of all paths. I never heard him so furious.

Oddly enough, we Deividdorinchi Eraserhead “Heaven (Redirajietasongu)” and realistic mindbender cover. Fortunately, the Pixies, Missouri, unreal tricks can often be placed. They said the British do not have rights – they are a unique band (David’s, thank you.) Materials, 1991, 1988 BBC Trust Centre Rorubando (2 Makuguddoa two music programs aired), the UK attracted to you my last search Jonpiru, the song is taken from the explosive power of the breath in my studio, I feel the spiritual essence of a huge collection of hand. Live compatible with aesthetic Furusutajio – reunion of the great live bands Tsuapikushizu 2004.

Most of the songs featured in this collection are songs on the album, you get a couple dealing: “Pierce heavenly sweet contracts and Manta,” he said. Wairudohanipai to cover the Beatles “Well, B is facing,” he said. Time, living in a memorable “My Gun Go” (25 very short time!), “She Is Weird” (for, Kimudirubokaru completed), “Good English” and “PIX is dead,” you are “Onmi wave right now” to “Off, big wave,” can be improved. And they were huge in the UK. We miss it so, Sun will not be felt. It is worth – but this little gem MITS is misconfigured, it can be configured to retrieve.

RIYL: David Lynch, the fall of the Iron Curtain, explosive apologies

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