Pixies, “Where is my mind”, Surfer Rosa
The vertiginous nature of the lyric is amplified by a spiraling guitar lick, sparse and “roomy” drum parts, and a nervously strummed acoustic guitar. Francis’ vocals are alternately sung in a higher-octave chant and spoken – swallowed almost, as if to himself – not unlike Neil Young on his “Tired Eyes.” Certain phrases, “Where is my mind?” especially, are repeated and layered in varying levels and positions in the mix – a slightly jarring and haunting effect almost like the audio equivalent of a funhouse hall of mirrors. The creepiness is also accented by the repeated, echoing, bestial howls throughout the song. An indie rock milestone.
- “Where is my mind”, Bill Janovitz