Single ‘MONKEY GONE TO HEAVEN’ By PIXIES Came Out 30 Years Ago…

Sonic knockouts from the past

20 March 2019

Monkey Gone To Heaven‘ by PIXIES

It’s a song about environmentalism and referred also to biblical numerology. It
was released as a single on 20 March 1989, thirty years ago, one month before
their second, superb album Doolittle . It peaked at #5 on the American Alternative
Tracks Chart
. It was the band’s first song that featured guest musicians: two cellists
and two violinists. B-side: ‘Manta Ray‘.

This monkey’s gone to Heaven

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PIXIES Released Their Poignant & Primal Screams Filled Debut Album ‘SURFER ROSA’ 30 Years Ago…

Going back in sonic history looking for memorable albums…

20 March 2018

BAND: PIXIES

ALBUM: SURFER ROSA

RELEASED: 21 March 1988 – 30 years ago…

ARTWORK:A photograph of a topless ‘friend of a friend’ of the band, posing as a flamenco dancer, pitched against a wall which displays a crucifix and a torn poster. Simon Larbalestier, who contributed pictures to all Pixies album sleeves, decided to build the set because ‘we couldn’t find the atmosphere we wanted naturally.’ According to Larbalestier, Black Francis came up with the idea for the cover as he wrote songs in his father’s “topless Spanish bar”; Larbalestier added the crucifix and torn poster, and they ‘sort of loaded that with all the Catholicism.”

ROLLING STONE wrote: “Smack in between hardcore punk and alternative, it was difficult
to make sense of the Pixies’ ferocious noise. Their secret weapon was leaping from sweet to screaming, pensive to pummeling: On “Gigantic,” Kim Deal sings like Peppermint Patty as the band drives a spike into Eighties rock.”

ALL MUSIC wrote: “In a year that included landmark albums from contemporaries like Throwing Muses, Sonic Youth, and My Bloody Valentine, the Pixies managed to turn in one of 1988’s most striking, distinctive records. Surfer Rosa may not be the group’s most accessible work, but it is one of their most compelling.”

TURN UP THE VOLUME! says: One of my all-time favorite bands. Shattering havoc, other-worldly catchiness, hellish racket, shrieking choruses, lots of primal s*c*r*e*a*m*s and utterly cool Kim...

THREE HIGHLIGHTS: Where Is My Mind? / Bone Machine / Gigantic…

* WHERE IS MY MIND? – genially deranged…

* BONE MACHINE – piercing live rendition…

* GIGANTIC – coolest bass player ever…


SURFER ROSA in full…

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Pleased to meet you – Turn Up The Volume‘s first (1990) of many Pixies concerts…

Significant Singles Turning 30 In 2018 – Here Are TURN UP THE VOLUME’S 10 Picks…

Going back in sonic history…

1988 was a year of versatile vibes and kicks
Here are TURN UP THE VOLUME’S ten picks…

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1/ ‘Fiesta’ by THE POGUES
Ultimate party cracker…
Album: ‘If I Should Fall From Grace With God’

2/ ‘Wrote For Luck’ by HAPPY MONDAYS
Eight miles high…
Album: ‘Bummed’

3/ ‘Sidewalking’ by THE JESUS AND MARY CHAIN
Psych pop pearl…
Album: ‘Barbed Wire Kisses’

4/ ‘People Have The Power’ by PATTI SMITH
Sing it loud, maybe it’ll help…
Album: ‘Dream Of Life’

5/ ‘Gigantic’ by PIXIES
Kim Deal on a roll…
Album: ‘Surfer Rosa’

6/ ‘Hit The North’ by THE FALL
You can dance to The Fall…
Album: ‘The Frenz Experiment’

7/ ‘Don’t Believe The Hype’ by PUBLIC ENEMY
Just believe Public Enemy…
Album: ‘It Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us Back’

8/ ‘Sweet Child O’Mine’ by GUNS N’ ROSES
Massive rock and roll riffs…
Album: ‘Appetite For Destruction’

9/ ‘Orange Crush’ by R.E.M.
R.E.M. becoming a big alt act…
Album: ‘Green’

10/ ‘Christine’ by THE HOUSE OF LOVE
Pure pop melancholia…
Album: ‘The House Of Love’