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Is She Weird (Review)

Wave of Mutilation, taken from the Pixies 1989 album Doolittle, breezes from the speakers in a wash of glistening distortion.

A steady bass line stalks alongside an uncomplicated drum groove in the opening bars of Is She Weird?, a track from The Pixies 1990 album, Bossanova. It is as sinister as it is undeniably catchy. While the verses prowl with the sprinkling of a slightly discordant jazz guitar, the chorus centers around a vocal chant that is backed by a wall of deliciously dirty grunge.

Lyrically, Francis takes the listener to a surreal and often overtly sexual place, delivering lines such as, "Your mouth is everywhere, I'm lyin' in it," in barely a whisper. The entire Bossanova album was written by Francis, and is reflective of his well documented fascination with science fiction and extra terrestrials. The chorus of Is She Weird? romps, "Is she weird, is she white, is she promised to the night? And her head has no room...," which could just as easily be a reference to the alternative street culture that was emerging at the time.

Is She Weird? builds to a frenetic mess, and as the chanting becomes more intense the listener is acutely aware of the tension that existed between the band during this period. The recording process was plagued with problems from day one. Cherokee Studios in LA had a host of technical issues that producer Gil Norton could not resolve, and so the recording was moved midway to Master Control. In addition, The Pixies only rehearsed for two weeks before entering the studio, where in the past they had been rehearsing constantly.

Offbeat, somewhat disturbing and brilliantly odd, ʻIs She Weird?ʼ poses a provocative question. The answer, is probably "yes."

Rating: 5 of 5 Stars

— MK

The Pixies are one of those bands that manage to appeal to an extremely diverse cross section of society. As time passes, they claim an even greater entitlement to their reputation as one of the coolest American indie/alternative bands in history. Referenced openly by contemporary acts such as Placebo and Nirvana, and featured in the soundtracks to groundbreaking films such as Fight Club, this Boston band formed in Massachusetts in 1986. Members Black Francis, Joey Santiago, Kim Deal, and David Lovering succumbed to a spiraling demise of post 80s excess in 1993. The group disbanded for a time, before reuniting in 2004.

Is She Weird? (Lyrics)

I know, you're rich in 
Good clothes, and little things 
Your mind, is fancy 
[And your car is bitchin']

Is she weird 
Is she weird, is she white 
Is she promised to the night 
And her head has no room 

Is she weird, is she white 
Is she promised to the night 
And her head has no room

Is she weird, is she white 
Is she promised to the night 
And her head has no room

And her head has no room

Your heart is rip-shit 
Your mouth is everywhere 
I'm lyin' in it

Is she weird 
Is she over me 
Like the stars and the sun 
Like the stars and the sun

Is she weird, is she white 
Is she promised to the night 
And her head has no room

Is she weird, is she white 
Is she promised to the night 
And her head has no room

Is she weird, is she white 
Is she promised to the night 
And her head has no room

And her head has no room

No more of this girl cryin' 
I'm here, your big man 
You're mine

Is she weird, is she white 
Is she promised to the night 
And her head has no room

Is she weird, is she white 
Is she promised to the night 
And her head has no room

Is she weird, is she white 
Is she promised to the night 
And her head has no room

Is she weird, is she white 
Is she promised to the night 
And her head has no room

Is she weird, is she white 
Is she promised to the night 
And her head has no room

And her head has no room

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