Velouria

Album: Bossanova (1990)
Charted: 28
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Songfacts®:

  • This is basically a love song about a girl named after a soft furnishing fabric (velour). Yeah, we were kind of baffled by the lyrics too, so we asked Pixies frontman Frank Black about them. His reply: "It's folklore based; the Rosicrucians of 1920s San Jose California had some pretty interesting ideas."
  • Like a number of Pixies songs at the time, this utilized science fiction imagery. This was because of Frank Black's increasing influence on the band's output and his interest in space travel, aliens and flying saucers.
  • This song features a theremin, which was used in a number of sci-fi movies in the '50s and '60s. The theremin was invented by a young Russian physicist Leon Theremin in 1919. Robert Moog and his father made and sold theremins for a time in the 1950s. This experience helped Moog in developing in the late 60s his synthesizer, the Minimoog, one of the first portable and affordable synthesizers.
  • The low budget video shows the band running down a quarry. Kim Deal said: "You know the guy who does Snub TV? Pinko? He just came up to us in Manchester, where we were rehearsing and there was a quarry there. We had to think of something because everybody was giving us all this s--t because we didn't have a video to go with the single. I was like, 'Oh, sorry. We didn't get it organized.' For the push you have to have music and you have to have a video now. So we just gave them something. But we thought it was good... the slow motion thing."
  • A 1999 version by Weezer on the album Where Is My Mind? A Tribute To The Pixies is Frank Black's favorite cover of a Pixies song.

Comments: 2

  • Jeff from Austin, TxAmazing song! Definitely one of their poppiest, most radio-friendly.
  • Mary from Pittsburgh, PaWeezer covered this song on 1999's "Where Is My Mind: A Tribute to the Pixies." It's a great version of this awesome song.
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