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Album: Surfer RosaReleased: 1988
This song is about an interracial relationship between a black male and white female.
This is the only song on Surfer Rosa
not entirely written by frontman Frank Black
; he co-wrote it with Pixies bass player Kim Deal, who was using the stage name Mrs. John Murphy at the time. Deal, who sang lead on the track, took inspiration from a 1986 Bruce Beresford movie, Crimes Of The Heart
. In the film, Sissy Spacek plays a married woman who falls in love with a black teenager.
What exactly is "gigantic" in this song is up for debate. Kim Deal has said that it is purely innocent, telling Sounds in 1988 that there was no phallic imagery intended. "My personality came out," she said. "I'm fresh and clean!"
In the October 1997 issue of Select magazine, Black Francis said of this song: "A good chord progression, very Lou Reed influenced. I'd had the word 'Gigantic' in my mind just because the chord progression seemed very big to me."
This was played as the closing number for many years at the Pixies reunion shows.
Apple used this song in their iPhone ad campaign "Powerful," which demonstrates how the consumer has "the power to create, shape, and share" their life when they acquire the device.