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Trompe le Monde
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September 23, 1991

For its 30th anniversary, Pixies 1991 album, Trompe Le Monde, is being reissued on limited marbled green vinyl, out 24th September 2021.

Trompe Le Monde bookended a golden run of landmark records - a mini-album followed by four albums, released in quick succession - that cemented Pixies as one of the best for a generation. Translated from French to mean "fool the world," Trompe Le Monde showed the band still restless to push their sound forward. Recorded between Burbank, Paris, and London, with producer Gil Norton again at the controls, their fourth album is arguably their most playful, with Black Francis' lyrics on UFOs and conspiracy theories keeping things weird while power pop creeps in to amplify the space rock established on predecessor Bossanova.

Featuring singles 'Planet of Sound', 'Alec Eiffel', 'Letter to Memphis', and a flawless cover of The Jesus and Mary Chain's 'Head On', Trompe Le Monde goes full throttle with 15 tracks coming in a quickfire 40-minute salvo. Receiving critical praise at the time and being supported by a huge tour that included playing stadiums with U2, it also proved to be the end of act one for the band, with them taking over a decade before returning to the stage together.

A brilliant record, Trompe Le Monde sounds just as fresh 30 years on with outlets such as Pitchfork concurring, retrospectively scoring it 9.3, they called it "more aggressive than anything in their catalog but also more confident. They can handle this now, and they do."

Digital Tracklist

  1. 1 Trompe le Monde 1:47 Buy

    Trompe le Monde

  2. 2 Planet of Sound 2:06 Buy

    Planet of Sound

  3. 3 Alec Eiffel 2:50 Buy

    Alec Eiffel

  4. 4 The Sad Punk 2:59 Buy

    The Sad Punk

  5. 5 Head On 2:14 Buy

    Head On

  6. 6 U-Mass 3:00 Buy


  7. 7 Palace of the Brine 1:34 Buy

    Palace of the Brine

  8. 8 Letter to Memphis 2:40 Buy

    Letter to Memphis

  9. 9 Bird Dream of the Olympus Mons 2:48 Buy

    Bird Dream of the Olympus Mons

  10. 10 Space (I Believe In) 4:18 Buy

    Space (I Believe In)

  11. 11 Subbacultcha 2:09 Buy


  12. 12 Distance Equals Rate Times Time 1:24 Buy

    Distance Equals Rate Times Time

  13. 13 Lovely Day 2:05 Buy

    Lovely Day

  14. 14 Motorway to Roswell 4:43 Buy

    Motorway to Roswell

  15. 15 The Navajo Know 2:19 Buy

    The Navajo Know


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