AJ Logo an ARTSJOURNAL weblog | ArtsJournal Home | AJ Blog Central

« Quick Study: The Facebook Group | Main | Apocalypse Pretty Soon »

October 7, 2007

Wave of Mutilation

How many times have I listened to the Pixies in the course of twenty years? Many, many times. Some bands you go to for meaning, some for sound, and some for both. In the case of the Pixies, though, I've never paid any attention to the lyrics. "This monkey's gone to heaven" is a pretty infectious chorus, but there's not much esle to say about it. I love the Pixies, but it was strictly about the feel of the music.

So, anyway, while doing some housekeeping over the weekend, I was blasting "Debaser" and actually noticed the lyrics to "Debaser" for the first time:

Got me a movie, I want you to know
Slicing up eyeballs, I want you to know....
Don't know about you
but I am un chien andalusia
a

How did I never hear that before? (The lyrics are a bit higher in the mix in the YouTube clip.) Presumably the extra syllables are necessary to make it scan.

The film itself is available here. Ah oh ho ho....

Posted by smclemee at October 7, 2007 1:35 PM

COMMENTS

A fairly sophisticated theology could be derived from the "man is five," business. Well, if you're of a numerological bent.

Posted by: Jonathan at October 7, 2007 5:41 PM

Maybe so. Frank Black speaks Spanish, and the Zohar was written down in Spain, so maybe there's a whole Qabalah thing going on in there.

Then the devil is six. The devil is six. The devil is six. And God is seven...

Posted by: Scott McLemee at October 7, 2007 8:09 PM

Scott, first things first: thanks for the shout-out a few days. Second: yeah, the lyrics for "Debaser" threw me for a loop a couple of years ago, and it's made me if Frank Black has more than sci-fi gibberish going on in lots of his lyrics. Mostly, though, it's that angular, quiet-loud musical dynamic that I like about Pixies.

Posted by: Walter at October 8, 2007 10:20 PM