Explain to me why the Pixies aren't your favorite band. I'm not judging you. I'm sure you're a decent enough human bean. Just tell me who your favorite band is and why it's not the Pixies
try-hard grimdark imagery is at least fully committed to by metal bands who add some theatricality to it instead of just being morbid, and they're objectively repetitive - sprinkle in some Spanish and opaque references to the mid-20th century (art, war, etc.), tip fedora, repeat
>unique sound and atmosphere
not really. i mean, yes, in rock music, where the most minor of variation is taken by later artists and repeated ad nauseum to create the illusion of genre diversification and the common listener is a complete idiot with no grasp of how variation actually works, sure, but in the grand scheme of things, Pixies' "atmospheres" are retroactively labeled revolutionary and unique because a famous man who sold a lot of records called them his influence. you can make up other reasons, but you're wrong.
The Velvet Underground
Because they combined artistic themes with music in such a cohesive way (for 3 albums) that I find it difficult to rate another band/artist higher than them. They had pop sensibility, compelling lyrics, and legitimate musical experimentation, and all of it felt really genuine.
The Pixies are great too though.
I would switch bossanova and trompe but other than that I pretty much agree. Doolittle, Come On Pilgrim, and Surfer Rosa are almost tied for first in my opinion. Doolittle is the best by an edge though
I only wish that the Pixies had deviated a little more from traditional rock song structures. I'd love to see what an 8 minute song from them would sound like. But they definitely did some amazing things within those boundaries.
>be The Velvet Underground
>incorporate a definitive harder-edged style of attitude into your music before anyone else
>incorporate elements of the high avant-garde, the pop art world you've become a part of, and the primordial ooze of American rock music in all its variety without regards for current fashion and convention
>inspire literally every genius in rock music history to some extent (not many geniuses in rock music, but the ones who exist followed TVU's lead, and many others who might have never bothered with the genre likely entered it thanks in part to TVU's example)
>get compared to a power pop band in terms of influence and originality because people on a Guatemalan corn shucking forum can't admit they like things for subjective reasons and have to pretend that the things they like are influential instead of acknowledging your objective prime role in the rock history hierarchy
That's not what Im trying to say. I can appreciate what you're saying, Im just saying that when you put all the elements together it's hard to find a band as origional and unique as the Pixies...I mean honestly I feel like if you guys looked at the era they came from and how no one else sounded like them you'd see what Im saying. It's just now they're easy to hate on because they've reached cult/indie status