The Pixies’ ‘Trompe le Monde’ was released on September 23, 1991

pixies trompe le mondeRelease date: September 23, 1991 

Credits: Black Francis (writing and vocals); Kim Deal (Bass and Vocals); Joey Santiago (Guitar); David Lovering (Drums). Produced by Gil Norton.

Backstory: By the time Trompe Le Monde (a French phrase meaning “fool the world”) came out in 1991, the Pixies had already made post-punk palatable for the mainstream, influenced a new generation of musicians, and established that melody and noise were not mutually exclusive. But they were coming to an end of an era. Kim Deal had joined the band after seeing an ad for a female bassist who liked both Hüsker Dü and Peter, Paul and Mary, and had contributed significant writing and vocals to their previous two albums. However, as the band gained momentum and the members grew eager to try new things, Black wanted to retain creative control of his band, which went over better with some members than others. When it came time to put together Trompe, Deal—who, during the band’s 1989-1990 hiatus had formed a new side-project, the Breeders—was largely left out of the process. “He definitely didn’t want her to have a big imprint on the songs,” Norton later said, adding that Black rejected one of Deal’s songs that Norton, the producer, thought was great. “She’s hardly on this album singing, which I thought was such a sad waste of such a talented voice.”

Aborted Openers: Kurt Cobain famously admitted that when he wrote his mega-hit “Smells Like Teen Spirit,” he was “basically trying to rip off the Pixies.” But he might not have known that his fledgling band—who had released that single earlier the same month—were briefly considered as openers for their upcoming tour. “I was the one who said no,” Lovering later said. “I’d heard the album. I knew Nirvana were going to be the next big thing. It would have been lopsided.”

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