The Pixies: “Gigantic”
Onward and backward to Day 2 of Pixies Week here at Reselect.com! And by “backward” I mean that we’re moving away from Trompe Le Monde today, back to the Pixies’ first full-length album, Surfer Rosa. We’ll be checking back in with Trompe le Monde a couple more times over the course of the week, naturally, being its 20th anniversary and all, but there’s so much other great Pixies music out there for the listening…
I’m selecting “Gigantic” today, as it was the song that introduced me to the Pixies. When I first heard it back in 1988, when WFNX in Boston first started playing it, little did I know that I was hearing the first sounds of what was to become one of my favorite bands. “Little did I know,” I say, but then again, if I had known then that they would have so much more music that equaled or surpassed “Gigantic,” it would have been an easy assumption. It jumped out of my speakers and grabbed my full attention immediately, with the sparse, quiet bass playing and seductive singing of Kim Deal (upon hearing the rest of Surfer Rosa, which I ran out to buy at Newbury Comics as soon as I could, “seductive and cute” seemed more accurate), followed by the churning guitars and massive kick of “Gigantic…a big big love!” I thought Kim was pretty damned cool, and that Black Francis was at least a little off his rocker. Joey Santiago and David Lovering simply kicked butt.
And I still have a big, big love for this song, indeed, all these years later.