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brickisred Posted - 01/12/2014 : 07:00:55

There exist hundreds of Pixies covers, but in my opinion only a portion are really worth it. The most usual trap is staying too close to the original. This accounts for 80% of the attempts. The other option, reinterpreting the original in a different style, requires a minimum of talent, but when it works it can really be great.

Here is a (first?) batch of my favorite Pixies covers.

Where Is My Mind is by far the most covered song, but usually these covers suck big. I have a soft spot for the one by Raz Ohara:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3s9XJ7jyVVc

Then there is the one by THePETEBOX:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JhjA2nvVD7U

And the total transformation by M.I.A.:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7CYa7nf4Aig

The very old vinyl-only version of Gouge Away by Hayden might be the closest one might ever listen of a Pixies cover by Nirvana. Very intense.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fVSXvbsT_eo

The Norwegian Hanne Hukkelberg totally reinvented Break My Body, making it an intimate and heartbreaking song.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sJg53ZCWCf0

There is of course the a cappella version of Mr Grieves by TV On The Radio:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D1k6dD3WAP0

And this more recent version on the Undercover Pixies tribute album (here in a live rendition):
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WzODvanhclE

Controversial I guess, but why not a MOR version of the the most accessible Pixies song, Here Comes Your Man by Meaghan Smith?
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-vVDyceJurM

This must be the only occurence, I have to admit that I prefer Bowie's version of Cactus to the original one:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Te2-zTHSzCk

There are many others, but enough for now.
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trobrianders Posted - 11/22/2018 : 16:56:05
Unlistenable
Asphalt Orchestra Plays Pixies: Surfer Rosa

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picpic Posted - 08/23/2016 : 04:27:22
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Originally posted by trobrianders

A demi-cover, In Het Witte, by some Dutch kids. Charles does the vocal. Circa 1990
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AIlHpkrfORY

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Already posted by Pixies Punk 3 posts before :P

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picpic Posted - 08/23/2016 : 04:05:08
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Originally posted by pixie punk

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Originally posted by picpic

Nice find ! Never heard Black Francis sing Into the White.

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Hello picpic. So I guess you don't own the FrankBlackFrancis CD.Black re-recorded and sang Into The White on the second disc with remixes by Two Pale Boys.

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I listenend to that one one Spotify, but I forgot about this Into The White thing. I need to re-listen to that one again !

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trobrianders Posted - 08/23/2016 : 03:55:17
A demi-cover, In Het Witte, by some Dutch kids. Charles does the vocal. Circa 1990
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AIlHpkrfORY

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pixie punk Posted - 08/23/2016 : 03:51:51
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J68AUZ_u_fc Here it is picpic.

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pixie punk Posted - 08/23/2016 : 03:42:48
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Originally posted by picpic

Nice find ! Never heard Black Francis sing Into the White.

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Hello picpic. So I guess you don't own the FrankBlackFrancis CD.Black re-recorded and sang Into The White on the second disc with remixes by Two Pale Boys.

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picpic Posted - 08/23/2016 : 03:35:45
Nice find ! Never heard Black Francis sing Into the White.

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pixie punk Posted - 08/23/2016 : 02:14:08
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AIlHpkrfORY Recently uploaded to YouTube Dutch group Claw Boys Claw cover 'Into The White' with Black Francis.Radio Broadcast from 1990.

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pot Posted - 08/06/2016 : 01:41:45
Couple of years ago I went to The Rat Pack piano bar in Edinburgh, and this guy happened to be playing that night.

http://www.ratpackpianobars.com/event/details/marc-mowbray/

Marc Mowbray, he takes requests so I requested some Pixies and as it turned out he was a huge fan as well, so he played not one Pixies cover but five, on the piano!

Where is my Mind? Hey! Here Comes Your Man, Gigantic and All Over The World was the selection. Bit of an unusual one at the end, he totally nailed them all.

ruzom Posted - 07/11/2016 : 12:05:24
True, can't recall most of them unfortunately(just bad memory, nothing to do with the covers themselves) but I liked zenEQ's River Euphrates and the piano arrangement, especially the intro, on the Where is my Mind cover was fantastic.

It was a long time ago too but I remember having a blast when I discovered the cover of Trompe Le Monde on the Japanese Pixies Tribute album, kind of a symphonic post rock version: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AGtJgrbLtSI
Cult_Of_Frank Posted - 07/11/2016 : 04:48:51
I just re-read this and see that I was talking covers in the wrong direction. I may be biased but I actually think that some of the contributors to our FB.net cover albums did better than the big-name covers listed above.


"If we hit this bullseye, the rest of the dominoes will fall like a house of cards. Checkmate."
pixiestu Posted - 07/08/2016 : 12:42:15
That's not bad at all actually. Credit to them. Great song though. Stick to it's simplicity and you shouldn't go far wrong.


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McDutchie Posted - 07/07/2016 : 07:58:45
These guys, The By Gods, are slightly audacious, trying to pull off a Cactus cover after Bowie. It's not "the best", but it's quite listenable, and brand new (5 views as of posting). https://youtu.be/MW-txygxOYQ
McDutchie Posted - 06/19/2016 : 07:18:58
New "The Thing" cover by Kay Bizzy. Pretty good. https://youtu.be/oa5C_V_4mbo
pixie punk Posted - 03/07/2016 : 02:02:21
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IK-OyCfx7z4 Not a cover but a remix of 'Here Comes Your Man' by Spain djs ElyElla.

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McDutchie Posted - 03/06/2016 : 15:25:37
Here's a brand new Velouria cover that I think is really good. Very dreamy though, you have to be into that.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=waH-Vc4v7LQ
Velouria - Jonathan Chalker (Pixies Cover)

(edit 20 Apr 2016: URL updated)
pixie punk Posted - 10/24/2014 : 10:43:21
http://www.wnyc.org/story/pixies-new-sounds-style/ Asphalt Orchestra Pixies Covers Info.

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Carl Posted - 09/17/2014 : 10:50:25
Hang Wire - Connie Lim.

I actually think this is rather lovely.
pixiestu Posted - 01/17/2014 : 10:43:31
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Originally posted by johnnyribcage

A local bar where my band used to play alot had a Halloween show a-la Phish, and some local artists put on a Pixies mask for the night. The lead singer was the sound-guy there for a long time. They definitely hit some weird notes once in awhile, but overall they're more than convincing, particularly considering they are not really a band, they just knocked this together for this show. They keep getting better as it goes on. Definitely not hacks.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B3rLWE5F42U



"A word to the wise is infuriating."


This is pretty good, thanks for posting!


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Cult_Of_Frank Posted - 01/17/2014 : 02:36:47
Hi Brickisred, actually there is a classical song called "The Sicilian" that was composed long before the Surftones. The Surftones' version itself is a cover of sorts.


"If we hit this bullseye, the rest of the dominoes will fall like a house of cards. Checkmate."
picpic Posted - 01/16/2014 : 20:26:48
quote:
Originally posted by johnnyribcage

A local bar where my band used to play alot had a Halloween show a-la Phish, and some local artists put on a Pixies mask for the night. The lead singer was the sound-guy there for a long time. They definitely hit some weird notes once in awhile, but overall they're more than convincing, particularly considering they are not really a band, they just knocked this together for this show. They keep getting better as it goes on. Definitely not hacks.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B3rLWE5F42U




"A word to the wise is infuriating."


Just listened to "I Bleed". Neat !

edit: well, I just listened to a few songs. Most Pixies cover bands totally sucks. They are very good.

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johnnyribcage Posted - 01/16/2014 : 13:27:48
A local bar where my band used to play alot had a Halloween show a-la Phish, and some local artists put on a Pixies mask for the night. The lead singer was the sound-guy there for a long time. They definitely hit some weird notes once in awhile, but overall they're more than convincing, particularly considering they are not really a band, they just knocked this together for this show. They keep getting better as it goes on. Definitely not hacks.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B3rLWE5F42U



"A word to the wise is infuriating."
Sprite Posted - 01/13/2014 : 05:36:04
How could I have forgotten Cecila Ann!! Especially as I was watching this clip live as it happened on TV in 1990.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wUqSMzmBA14

That's am amazing story re Steve Hoffman.
brickisred Posted - 01/13/2014 : 05:21:21

In case you wouldn't know, Steve Hoffmann, the original co-composer of Cecilia Ann and half of the Surftones, is a renowned mastering engineer. If you look at his wikipedia entry, his brief musical career is not even mentioned. The funny thing is that he remastered the original Purple Tape for the Cooking Vinyl's "Pixies" release.
http://forums.stevehoffman.tv/threads/cecilia-ann-by-the-pixies-surftones-and-many-others-on-youtube.272578/
Cult_Of_Frank Posted - 01/13/2014 : 03:35:36
Don't forget Cecilia Ann, excellent cover!


"If we hit this bullseye, the rest of the dominoes will fall like a house of cards. Checkmate."
Sprite Posted - 01/12/2014 : 11:05:33
Have to admit I have never heard a cover of a Pixie's song I really really like. Maybe its because the originals mean too much to me. But that Raz Ohara is pretty good. The Pixies were excellent at covering other bands though. Evil Hearted You, I've been waiting for you, I can't forget, great stuff.

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