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Gigantic by Pixies

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.
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Comments: 6

i don't get how this song is about a dog...Molly - Baldwin, Ny
OK - The lyrics to this song were written in my living room. Charles already named it Gigantic and asked Kim to write the rest. It was first going to be about a mall. "The Mall The Mall" instead of "Hey Paul Hey Paul". My friend John came up with "big black mess" and "big big love". We had seen Crimes Of The Heart a few weeks earlier and Kim knitted the whole thing together. Another good fact: in the studio, they put the guitar amps in the bathroom to get the really big arena sound. Brilliant.John - Boston, Ma
Actually it is NOT about a man; it is about a dog. Listen to the song carefully and it will be obvious...Mike - Newburgh, Ny
Kim Deal sang the song because she wrote it, as stated above. And anyway Black Francis (er.. Frank Black is it now?) sang in the background.Jenny - Streamwood, Il
I heard that she used "gigantic" becuase of the black guy (I'm not going to paint the picture), glad to hear otherwise... it was freaking me out.Patty - China Town, United Kingdom
The best song by far on the album 'Wave Of Mutilation'. But why did the woman sing not the man?Andy - Norwich, England