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Surfer s Paradise

With a 30th anniversary edition of the Pixies’ debut album Surfer Rosa about to hit the shelves, Black Francis and Joey Santiago speak to Gary Walker about Les Pauls, tennis balls and the legacy of a timeless classic…


“The flashes of memory I have are being in a little side room, not the main room, with my little Peavey amp, and I remember him sticking these little microphones in it with a little roach clip. I remember doing Vamos and throwing things at the guitar, I want to say they were tennis balls…”

Holed up in a hotel room in Des Moines, Iowa during the early days of the Pixies’ recent North American tour with Weezer, Joseph Albert ‘Joey’ Santiago is recalling the scenes inside Boston’s Q Division Studios in December 1987. It was there that he and his bandmates, under the guidance of producer Steve Albini, made an album that would go some way towards shaping the future of alternative guitar music.

Surfer Rosa turned 30 this year, and the Pixies’ debut album remains a timeless alt-rock record that cast a long shadow over the 1990s and beyond. The band’s British label 4AD is marking the occasion with a Deluxe Edition of Come On Pilgrim… It’s Surfer Rosa – containing reissues of their debut EP, Come On Pilgrim, Surfer Rosa and live LP Live From The Fallout Shelter – while in October and November, the Pixies will take over London’s iconic Roundhouse venue for five nights to play both records from start to finish.

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