E2 60963 Bossanova
Produced by Gil Norton
Released on August 13, 1990
US CHART POSITION #70 . . . UK CHART POSITION #3
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E2 60963 cover
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S paghetti ghost songs and some of the most accessible music in the whole Pixionary. Bossanova’s got a sweet side that starts with the haunted “Velouria” and burns straight through “Dig For Fire.” The giant, barbed choruses provide pure joy, a taste of things to come from Nirvana, Smashing Pumpkins and the new pop revolution. The old Pixies records never housed such a hospitable patch, but were boobytrapped with brutal experiments like “Rock Music.” Bossanova just has the one black sheep and plenty of fluffy white ones, bookended by spectral instrumentals. I listen to Bossanova more than Surfer Rosa or Doolittle not because it’s better, but easier to swallow. Sugar-coated Pixies is my kind of poison. I like them spacey (“The Happening”), spooky (“Is She Weird”), even silly (“All Over The World”). Rosa and Doolittle are great albums, but they’re scary. However, when history tallies up Pixtory, it’ll probably read a lot like the first three records and their final concerts: Debaser, Wave of Mutilation, Broken Face and all the brutal noisemongering as art; Gigantic, Here Comes Your Man and the cute anomalies as the potent punchline. That Bossanova charted higher than any Pixies album before or since will work against it. “Velouria” will be trotted out, then tucked back into a toybox that includes far too many fun shapes not to be spilled out on the floor and played with more often. Like I said earlier, tracks 3 through 8 come out of the box a lot, and I love Bossanova for it.

E2 60963 back sleeve
E2 60963 back sleeve

TRACK LISTING

  1. CECILIA ANN    (The Surftones)
  2. ROCK MUSIC
  3. VELOURIA    3:40
  4. ALLISON    1:17
  5. IS SHE WEIRD    3:01
  6. ANA    2:09
  7. ALL OVER THE WORLD    5:27
  8. DIG FOR FIRE    3:02
  9. DOWN TO THE WELL    2:29
  10. THE HAPPENING    4:19
  11. BLOWN AWAY    2:20
  12. HANG WIRE    2:01
  13. STORMY WEATHER
  14. HAVALINA

    All songs written by Black Francis unless noted

CREDITS

KIM DEAL -- bass, vocals
BLACK FRANCIS -- vocals, guitar
DAVID LOVERING -- drums, vocals
JOEY SANTIAGO -- lead guitar
Robert F. Brunner -- theremin (3,5)
Alisatir Clay -- engineer
Steve Haigler -- mixing engineer
Vaughan Oliver/v23 -- art direction and design
Simon Larbalestier -- photography
Kevin Westerberg -- portraits
Chriss Bigg -- design assistance
Pirate Design - -globe
Anne Garrigues -- Velouria's outfit

retrun to PIXIES discography

REGION RELEASE DATE LABEL MEDIA ID NUMBER FEATURES
US August 13, 1990 Elektra LP/CD 60963 picture sleeve
UK August 1990 4AD LP/CD/CS CADD/GAD/CADC-0010/CD picture sleeve
CZE 1990 Globus LP 210057-1311 red vinyl
JPN 2004 4AD CD TECI-21229  
JPN 2005 Teichiku CD TECI-21307  
US October 14 2008 Mobile Fidelity CD UDSACD-2035 SACD remaster

 

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