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No less a judge of musical and cultural importance than David Bowie once drew a parallel between the Velvet Underground and this month’s cover stars, Pixies, noting that while neither “sold many records… everyone that bought a Velvet Underground album formed a band.” “I have to suggest that the same thing applied to the Pixies,” he continued. “Once you heard them, you wanted to have a band just like them.” Kurt Cobain, Courtney Love, Billy Corgan, PJ Harvey and form Yorke all concurred, crediting 4AD’s Boston four-piece with drawing up the quiet-loud blueprint that inspired them to form their own bands, and fuelled the rise of grunge at the end of the 80s. If that proves to be the legacy of Pixies and their somehow ageless debut album Surfer Rosa, which turned 30 this year, then it’s a potent one.

This month, we were privileged to sit down with Black Francis, Joey Santiago and the creative duo behind the album’s artwork, Vaughan Oliver and Simon Larbalestier, to discuss the making of one of the most in uential albums of the 80s – perhaps one of the most in uential indie-rock albums ever recorded. Starting on p38, Francis and Santiago take time out from their latest world tour to recall the scenes inside the Q Division Studios where, with Steve Albini’s hands on the controls, they carved out their dark, Lynchian masterpiece Surfer Rosa in just 10 days.

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In issue 18 of Long Live Vinyl we celebrate the 30th anniversary of Pixies’ classic debut album Surfer Rosa. We’ve left no stone unturned in getting the inside track on the making of the record at Boston’s Q Division Studios as Black Francis, Joey Santiago, Vaughan Oliver and Simon Larbalestier tell Long Live Vinyl about the legacy of an album that inspired David Bowie, Kurt Cobain, Smashing Pumpkins and Radiohead. Plus, we bring you an in-depth review of 4AD’s new Come On Pilgrim… It’s Surfer Rosa Deluxe Edition. Elsewhere in this packed issue of Long Live Vinyl, we speak to teenage duo Let’s Eat Grandma about their superb sophomore album, I’m All Ears, head out on the road with Chicago guitar virtuoso Ryley Walker and tell the story of Small Faces’ legendary Ogdens’ Nut Gone Flake LP. Post-punk fans will want to check out our Essential top 40 – a definitive collector’s guide to the genre, and our Classic Album series focuses on Pulp’s 1995 career-high Different Class. We also hear from legendary photographer Mick Rock about shooting David Bowie, Iggy Pop and Lou Reed, and The Trip visits a cratedigger’s paradise – Amsterdam. If all that’s not enough, you’ll find the widest range of album, turntable and hi-fi accessory reviews anywhere on the newsstand. Enjoy the issue!

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