Isla De Encanta: (imaginary) "best of" The Pixies

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After spending a few days listening to the decent new album by the Pixies, Indie Cindy, it’s made me go back to their earlier albums and, naturally, start selecting a “best of” that would fit an old-fashioned 74 minute CD. Of course, trying to select 25 or so tracks that exemplify the range of the band is incredibly hard. There’s lots that I love that I’ve left out because of space (the original playlist ran to 2 hours!). There’s only one song, Monkey Gone to Heaven, that I’m not that keen on and added purely as it was such a hit for the Pixies and was, for many, their first introduction to the group. Like my other “best ofs”, I’ve run the songs in album chronology.

Here’s the track listing:

Vamos – Come on Pilgrim – 2:53
Isla De Encanta – Come on Pilgrim – 1:41
Bone Machine – Surfer Rosa – 3:03
Break My Body – Surfer Rosa – 2:05
Broken Face – Surfer Rosa – 1:30
Gigantic – Surfer Rosa – 3:55
River Euphrates – Surfer Rosa – 2:31
Cactus – Surfer Rosa – 2:16
Debaser – Doolittle – 2:53
Tame – Doolittle – 1:55
Dead – Doolittle – 2:21
Monkey Gone to Heaven – Doolittle – 2:57
Crackity Jones – Doolittle – 1:24
No. 13 Baby – Doolittle – 3:51
Hey – Doolittle – 3:31
Gouge Away – Doolittle – 2:45
Allison – Bossanova – 1:17
Blown Away – Bossanova – 2:20
Hang Wire – Bossanova – 2:01
Havalina – Bossanova – 2:27
Trompe Le Monde – Trompe Le Monde – 1:47
Alec Eiffel – Trompe Le Monde – 2:50
Subbacultcha – Trompe Le Monde – 1:19
What Goes Boom – Indie Cindy – 3:32
Greens and Blues – Indie Cindy – 3:46
Magdalena 318 – Indie Cindy – 3:26
Snakes – Indie Cindy – 3:45
Jaime Bravo – Indie Cindy – 4:24

Please remember: this is an imaginary “best of” and in no way a real compilation album.