It’s featured before on the blog, with a backstory about how hearing it for the first time in a record shop was a big step in me changing a lot about my life……but that’s not for today.
Playing this 12″ piece of vinyl for the first time in lord knows how long, and certainly for the first time since I got the upgraded turntable and amp just over a year ago, was a real treat as Kim Deal‘s bass, Joey Santiago‘s guitar, David Lovering‘s drums and Black Francis‘ screams combined to make a sound that is beyond my vocabulary to properly do it justice.
It’s a new wave epic, groundbreaking in the way that the harsh, near industrial sounds of the traditional instruments deployed by this particular four-piece combo are enhanced in unimaginable ways by two cellos and two violins. It still remains one of the few songs that have ever stopped me dead in my tracks on my first listen while I’ve been browsing in a record store, and hearing it played so loudly again today, thanks to Villain Towers, temporarily, having no neighbours, took me back to 1989.
It also has a couple of top-notch b-sides and another which is above average. So here they are, ripped direct and at as high a quality for an mp3 as my equipment will allow:-
mp3: Pixies – Monkey Gone To Heaven
mp3: Pixies – Manta Ray
mp3: Pixies – Weird At My School
mp3: Pixies – Dancing The Manta Ray
Melody Maker, here in the UK, made Monkey Gone To Heaven its #1 single come the end of the year rundown. Rolling Stone, over in the USA, had it at #5, the same position it reached in the John Peel Festive 50, one of five entries from Pixies in that particular rundown. The record buying public weren’t so enamoured, as it only reached #60 in the singles chart