Pixies release Surfer Rosa
21 March 1988
This was the first full length album from the Pixies after the release of their debut EP 'Come on Pilgrim'. With the help of sound engineer Steve Albini, their sound really started to find its course. Albini's dynamic, raw recording technique was perfectly suited to the bands 'loud quiet loud' style and nasty guitar sounds.
'Surfer Rosa' was a huge breakthrough for the Pixies and won them many new fans. A great example is the iconic "Where Is My Mind" (Later used in the sound track for 'Fight Club') which Frank Black wrote about some fish he met on a scuba diving trip, and Kim Deal's sexually charged "Gigantic". Kurt Cobain was so influenced by the Pixies that he later admitted that "Smells Like Teen Spirit" was 'just a Pixies rip-off', and was almost thrown out as a result!