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August 13, 1990

2020 marks the 30th Anniversary of Bossanova, the third studio album by Pixies.

To celebrate Bossanova hitting its third decade, 4AD are releasing a limited red vinyl edition with the original 16-page booklet being reinserted, having previously only been available with the initial UK LP pressing. The band continued to work with Gil Norton after collaborating to such success on their platinum-selling second album Doolittle; this time choosing to record in Los Angeles over their native Boston (the track ‘Blown Away’, however, was recorded at the Hansa Tonstudio in Berlin during a European tour in 1989). Their third album in as many years, 1990 was a particularly fertile time for the band with Kim Deal also having success with The Breeders, who released their debut album Pod just a few months prior.

Featuring the singles ‘Allison’ (a tribute to jazz and blues pianist Mose Allison), ‘Dig For Fire’ and ‘Velouria’, plus the first cover to feature on one of their albums ‘Cecilia Ann’ (originally by The Surftones), Bossanova showed a less primal side to the band, with surf and space rock rising to the fore. Lyrically, Black Francis is even more cryptic with a recurring sci-fi theme running throughout, which in turn influenced Vaughan Oliver’s classic planet design for the sleeve.

Digital Tracklist

  1. 1 Cecilia Ann 2:06 Buy

    Cecilia Ann

  2. 2 Rock Music 1:52 Buy

    Rock Music

  3. 3 Velouria 3:40 Buy


  4. 4 Allison 1:17 Buy


  5. 5 Is She Weird 3:01 Buy

    Is She Weird

  6. 6 Ana 2:09 Buy


  7. 7 All Over the World 5:26 Buy

    All Over the World

  8. 8 Dig for Fire 3:02 Buy

    Dig for Fire

  9. 9 Down To The Well 2:29 Buy

    Down To The Well

  10. 10 The Happening 4:19 Buy

    The Happening

  11. 11 Blown Away 2:20 Buy

    Blown Away

  12. 12 Hang Wire 2:01 Buy

    Hang Wire

  13. 13 Stormy Weather 3:26 Buy

    Stormy Weather

  14. 14 Havalina 2:33 Buy



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