Alec Eiffel

Album: Tromple Le Monde (1991)
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  • Alexandre Gustave Eiffel is the architect of the Eiffel tower after which it is named. He was thought to have been crazy for wanting to build a phallic-shaped tower. This song is about how people are always trying to bring down others and their ideas. >>
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    Eric - Anchorage, AK

Comments: 5

  • Jaibe from Carol Stream, IlThis is such a goofy song! (with great pop melodies) Well, the whole album is awesome. I love having a song that features the wrod "aerodynamics".

    Incidently, the first time I typed this comment in I hit return and it apparently put in my "rating" of the song, which I hadn't set yet so was no doubt a 3, damn. It is beyond 5.
  • Wayne from Hudson, Fli love what this song stands for. how everyone thought alec was crazy for his design but in the end he turned out right.
  • Iara from Santiago, Chilei love this song.The thing i like most is the chorus in the background.It's so nice
  • Eric from Anchorage, AkHe's mostly known by everyone as Gustave Eiffel, but his full name is indeed Alexandre Gustave Eiffel. Google it for yourself if you don't believe me. :- D
  • Daniel from Bloomington, InThat is incorrect. The architect of the Eiffel Tower was Gustave Eiffel, not Alec.

    Who was Alec? Who the hell knows. It's a Pixies song - it doesn't have to make sense.
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