Surfer Rosa

Label
4AD
Release date
1988
Running length
15 tracks
Running time
36:03

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Tracklist

    Track     Duration Listeners
1 Bone Machine 3:25 372,768
2 Break My Body 1:49 261,120
3 Something Against You 1:46 244,804
4 Broken Face 1:29 312,385
5 Gigantic 3:13 364,629
6 River Euphrates 3:22 238,722
7 Where Is My Mind? 3:47 936,783
8 Cactus 2:38 243,082
9 Tony's Theme 2:26 199,259
10 Oh My Golly! / [untitled] 2:32 773
11 Vamos 4:18 262,343
12 I'm Amazed 1:31 177,182
13 Brick Is Red 2:00 196,709
Oh My Golly! 1:47 180,065
Vamos (Surfer Rosa) 0:00 25,953

About this album

Surfer Rosa is the first full-length album by the American alternative rock band Pixies, released in March 1988 on the British independent record label 4AD. The album’s unusual and offbeat subject matter includes references to mutilation and voyeurism; this is augmented by experimental recording, low-fidelity production and a distinctive drum sound. Surfer Rosa contains many of the elements present in the Pixies’ earlier output, including Spanish lyrics and references to Puerto Rico. Because of 4AD’s independent status, distribution in the United States was handled by British label Rough Trade Records; however, it failed to chart in either the UK or the U.S. “Gigantic” was the only single taken from the release, and only reached number 93 on the UK Singles Chart. Despite this, Surfer Rosa was re-released in the U.S. by Elektra Records in 1992, and in 2005 was certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America. Surfer Rosa is often cited as a favorite of music critics, and is frequently included on professional lists of the all-time best rock albums. Many alternative rock artists, including Billy Corgan and PJ Harvey, have cited the album as inspirational; Nirvana’s Kurt Cobain frequently acknowledged that Surfer Rosa was a strong influence on Nevermind, and in 1993 hired the album’s producer Steve Albini to produce his band’s album In Utero.

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  • ThisCharmingBoy

    the Pixies got better as they went along. this is a great album, but song for song it really isn't as good as Trompe Le Monde, Doolittle, or even Bossanova. [2]

    2 May 4:41pm Reply
  • wiseblood-

    Best Pixies album!

    26 Apr 3:14am Reply
  • MisterJunior

    A stone cold classic. You can hear the influence of this one in countless subsequent groups.

    3 Apr 4:15am Reply
  • Chumsicles

    the Pixies got better as they went along. this is a great album, but song for song it really isn't as good as Trompe Le Monde, Doolittle, or even Bossanova.

    7 Jan 4:16am Reply
  • acidosolforico

    hats off to mr albini! [4]

    13 Oct 2013 Reply
  • Punching_joe

    Doolittle has mediocre production

    1 Oct 2013 Reply
  • UberMensch3000

    Always find myself wishing Surfa Rosa was longer. Or any of their albums for that matter.

    19 Sep 2013 Reply
  • WS9167

    shitty production? Doolittle has production that is the opposite of shitty.

    13 May 2013 Reply
  • Nakkinak

    doolittle sucks because of the shitty production

    11 May 2013 Reply
  • zhelnerovich

    Are you mental?

    24 Apr 2013 Reply
  • ubercow13

    no yeah totally the music is shit except for the production

    4 Apr 2013 Reply
  • Punching_joe

    This album so good because of Steve Albini. Without production it's only pop album.

    3 Apr 2013 Reply
  • Nakkinak

    v that's true, it's the perfect symbiosis of great songs and amazing production

    1 Apr 2013 Reply
  • Kurt_Cobain-

    A die-cast metal fossil of misplaced draft, with or without the fucking production. Everyone who has ever commented on 'Surfer Rosa' has said that the production's amazing. I agree with that, but the songs are so strong that it wouldn't have mattered if you'd listened to it through a boom-box. I was completely nihilistic up until about four or five years ago, when I first heard this. It changed my attitude. It made me finally admit, after being into punk rock for so many years, that I finally liked other stiles as well. It made me finally admit that I'm a music lover. Their music reminded me of the music that I always wanted to do - and was doing - before I got into punk rock eight or nine years ago.

    24 Mar 2013 Reply
  • Punching_joe

    hats off to mr albini! [3]

    2 Mar 2013 Reply
  • fank19

    hats off to mr albini! [2]

    8 Jan 2013 Reply
  • Nakkinak

    hats off to mr albini!

    25 Oct 2012 Reply
  • sk_maniak

    oh, woman on photo is beautiful

    3 Oct 2012 Reply
  • chichoeq

    best debut album ever

    20 Sep 2012 Reply
  • naotas_forehead

    Gotta say, Surfer Rosa is probably my favorite, if I had to choose. I love how Kim's personality duels with Black Francis's personality on this one, and she's not just a "la la la" background singer like on the other records.

    19 Sep 2012 Reply
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