Come On Pilgrim
I saw this band play in a seedy smoke filled auditorium in downtown Long Beach. CA, just after this album dropped on the world. The back story to this album is what makes it is so great. Amazingly, the Pixies’ 1987 debut EP, Come on Pilgrim, was compiled from the quickly, inexpensively made demo tape — paid for by Black Francis’ dad for a $1,000 bucks. AD4 label signed them and the rest is history.
The Pixies’ essential sound – Black Francis’ unearthly shriek of a voice, David Lovering’s propulsive drumming, Joey Santiago’s insistent, prickly guitar playing, and Kim Deal’s sugar-and-sandpaper vocals and steady basslines — arrives fully formed on songs like the bouncy, yet twisted, surfer-girl ode “Ed Is Dead.” Francis’ lyrical fetishes for sex, death, and religion and his twisted sense of humor crop up on every track, from the eerie opener “Caribou,” which urges listeners to “Reeeeepent!,” to the final song, “Levitate Me,” which borrows Christian folksinger Larry Norman’s catchphrase: “Come on pilgrim, you know he loves you!” “The Holiday Song” and “Nimrod’s Son” provide voyeuristic, back-to-back glimpses at incest, as well as the priceless lyric, “My sister held me close and whispered to my bleeding head/You are the son of a motherf*cker” (from “Nimrod’s Son”). An electrifying debut, Come on Pilgrim remains as raw, vibrant, and engaging as the day it was recorded.
The Pixies released their first song after nine long years “Bayboy” for free on their website. It’s unconfirmed and also denied that the background voice is Kim Deal. It sure sounds like Kim’s voice. Lets just say it’s her last spoken word on a Pixies song sampled or not. The songs I like on EP 1 are “Andro Queen” the first track, it has a cool reverberating guitar and voice of Francis’. The other is “Indie Cindy” the third track, it sounds is more like classic a Pixies song. Great lyrics like this part:
Mixed messages from Sir Naff
Just to be sure that you’re a sap
Set for stun automatica
Crap is the operative
Locomotive of the longest death
Who Sir Naff?
The second track “Magdalena” works for me it got some catchy guitar riffs. This anthem song “Green and Blues” also has some good guitar work, but it sounds like most of the cords were taken former song “Wave of Multilation”.
All said, The Pixies two EP’s are worth a listen, even though Kim Deal isn’t with the band and The Muffs singer/lead guitar player Kim Shattuck didn’t make the cut for Kim’s replacement.
I am on the wait list for tickets to see The Pixies in Big Sur at the Henry Miller Museum, April 15th, 2014. Maybe Kim will show up and play!
Enjoy your pixie dust,