“The Sad Punk” – The Pixies


From 1991’s “Trompe Le Monde,” comes the Pixies’ take on hardcore punk … at least for the first minute or so, until the song segues into a mellower, but still extremely heavy vibe that sounds more like the Pixies we know and love. One of my favorites from one of my favorites.


“Planet of Sound” – The Pixies


Sorry to kill your buzz from “Silver Machine,” but this is Hawkwind’s trippy space-rock amped up to punk speed by the Pixies. From the wildly underrated 1991 album “Trompe Le Monde,” here’s “Planet of Sound.”

“Palace of the Brine” – The Pixies


From the Pixies’ underrated 1991 swan song “Trompe Le Monde,” comes this nearly unheralded gem that epitomizes what makes the Pixies so great: layers of distorted loud guitars on top of pop melodies and intense shouted vocals.  And all in 1 minute 35 seconds. In the year of Nirvana’s “Nevermind” and Guns n’ Roses’ “Use Your Illusion I and II,” “Trompe le Monde” was my favorite album from that year … and still is.