Posts Tagged ‘the Pixies’
My buddy Reeves said it a few months ago: songs need to be longer. He gives a few examples of songs that he wishes had another verse or four, but here’s the textbook example: “Mr. Grieves,” by the Pixies.
Clocking in at a spartan two minutes and six seconds, “Mr. Grieves” has at least five distinct elements that could stand to be 45 seconds longer. That would put it at shade shy of six minutes. That’s a good length! Of course, the Pixies are who they are, and the Dolittle album is 15 tracks long and only lasts like, 20 minutes. Oh well.
Thankfully, we’ve got the guys from TV on the Radio, for some weird reason, doing an a cappella cover that runs longer than four minutes. Not the route I would go down, but good nevertheless.
W/r/t TV on the Radio, should I be into these guys? You all read this blog and listen to these dopey music posts. Are they up my alley?
To commemorate the jam session I had with my friend Meg’s boyfriend last night, and in honor of all the would-be punk rockers who can’t bring themselves to actually learn how to play the bass beyond the most rudimentary of riffs, listen to “U-Mass” by the Pixies. Two notes, though:
1) This, clearly, isn’t a real video for this song. But I think it’s just terrific anyway.
2) I’ve come across more than a few kids (and genuinely grown-up adults) that went to the University of Massachusetts, and I always ask the same thing: “You guys play that Pixies song like, all the time, right?” And the reaction is always the same: “What Pixies song?”
The one about your school! How are these people not blasting this at every hockey game? The Dropkick Murphys do an awesome cover of Boston College’s fight song, and you can’t go a day without hearing it on campus. Get your act together, Minutemen!