Gigantic (3:13)

Cover of Surfer Rosa

From Surfer Rosa and 124 other releases

“Gigantic” is a song by the American alternative rock band Pixies, co-written by bassist Kim Deal and lead vocalist/guitarist Black Francis. The song appeared on the band’s first studio album, Surfer Rosa, released in 1988. “Gigantic” was released as the band’s first single later that year.

Featuring Deal on lead vocals, the song is one of Pixies’ biggest hits and a crowd favorite at concerts, often played as the encore. The melody line comes from Deal’s simple but effective bass playing—the same bassline is repeated throughout the song.

“Gigantic” never achieved a ranking on any major charts and was their only release from Surfer Rosa. However, it was a fairly successful first hit for Pixies and maintains radio play to this day. The single version of the song appeared on Pixies’ 2004 best-of compilation, Wave of Mutilation: Best of Pixies.


The song was re-recorded soon after the release of Surfer Rosa, with a slightly altered arrangement and production from Gil Norton for release as the band’s first single in 1988. The single also featured a new version of “River Euphrates”, from the same album. Further included were a live version of “Vamos” (a song that also appeared on mini-LP, Come On Pilgrim and their first LP Surfer Rosa) and a live cover of the song “In Heaven (The Lady in The Radiator Song)” from the David Lynch movie Eraserhead, both recorded at the Town and Country Club in London, England. The single was released in the United Kingdom on 4AD as a 12-inch vinyl and on CD. The CD version was re-issued in 1999. (No version of this single was ever released in the United States.)

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