"Girlfriend. Unfaithfulness. Creepy pastor whose intentions I later questioned. In that order."
This is the first track on Surfer Rosa, the follow-up to the Pixies debut EP Come On Pilgrim. Music critics shouted its praises:
"It assures itself of its own genius." -Sounds
"A ruddy huge jukebox of fun and games for all the one-parent families and mental immigrants down your street." -Melody Maker
Despite such critical adulation, the album sold poorly; perhaps lyrics like this song's "Our love is rice and beans and horses' lard" turn off some listeners.
Frank Black once described the "bone machine" as "the hips of a woman." Much of it was inspired by his time in Southern California, where he lived for about 12 years.
Black is the sole songwriter on every Surfer Rosa track except for "Gigantic," which is also credited to Pixies bass player Kim Deal. Many of the titles are rather agressive, notably "Break My Body" and "Broken Face." Pixies shied away from tales about traditional relationships.
Tom Waits named his 1992 album Bone Machine. It's not clear if he named it after this song, as Waits is notoriously reclusive and hasn't said.
Dido helped shut down a Neo-Nazi Web site after learning it was using "White Flag" to promote its hateful messages. Owners of the site had misinterpreted the track as racist and thought they represented their white supremacy views.
The Naughty by Nature hit "O.P.P." doesn't have any curse words, but many oversensitive radio stations played a "clean" version with the word "kitten" edited out, surely the first time that word was censured.