Kurt Cobain Names His Favorite Pixies Song Ever

It is no secret to anyone that one of the most palpable influences on the work of Kurt Cobain (and of Nirvanaof course), are the pixies. In an interview that the grunge legend gave in 1994 to Rolling Stone, he said that “The first time he heard them he connected so deeply with them, he should have been in the band, or at least in a Pixies cover band.”

Let us remember that, for the composition of the iconic ‘Nevermind’, Cobain and the rest of his crew drew extensive inspiration from the quiet/LOUD/quiet dynamic that was famously popularized by the Boston ensemble on such classics as their debut, ‘Surfer Rosa’from 1988, and its continuation, ‘Doolittle‘, from 1989.

“I was trying to write the ultimate pop song. He was basically trying to copy the Pixies. I have to admit it. We used their sense of dynamics, being soft and quiet, and then loud and loud.”

Kurt Cobain for Rolling Stone, 1994.

Since the first two albums of pixies had a transformative effect on the entire alternative community, it’s no surprise to discover that the favorite song of Kurt Cobain It’s from ‘Surfer Pink’.

A fan favorite, “Gigantic” was the only song from the era not entirely written by the frontman. FrankBlack, since he composed it together with the then bassist of the group, Kim Deal. It is deals who does the main voice in the theme, and was inspired by the movie of Bruce Beresford of 1986, ‘Crimes of the Heart’, starring sissy spacek Y Diane Keaton.

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Evidently, Cobain he was impressed by the song, which not only uses the silence-sound-silence dynamic; but it contains one of the catchiest choruses of pixiesfusing alternative edge with pop sugar, something for which Nirvana would become world famous in the fall of 1991. In 1992 Nirvana’s frontman said:I wish Kim could write more songs for the Pixies, because ‘Gigantic’ is the best Pixies song and Kim wrote it.”

Curiously, kim deal reacted to the admiration of Cobain modestly, telling NME: “Well, somebody better be like, ‘Oh God, you suck.'”

Listen to ‘Gigantic’ below.

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