The Pixies were another musical force that pretty much defined my world in Montréal in the late 80's. My future "life-partner" made me a mixed tape of two Pixies albums which I hadn't yet heard, but brought with me when I came home to Victoria for Christmas during one of those years. I decided to listen to it on my "Walkman" (ha ha, Walkman! Do the children even know what that is? Do they know what a mixed tape is?) while walking through Beacon Hill Park on my way to catch the PCL bus to the ferry on my way back to Montréal. It had snowed- unusual for Victoria, especially at that time- and Beacon Hill Park looked pretty spectacular. I put the headphones in my ears and pressed play, thereby unleashing the Pixies upon my brain as I walked through the park, and I will never forget that moment. Like a child having candy for the first time, I just could not get enough of that band.
I saw them live in Montréal circa '87 or '88, in a small repertory theatre on Parc Ave. Kim Deal walked out and started playing bass, all the while with a cigarette dangling from her lips. Can you beat that for cool?
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