The song was co-written by Pixies bassist Kim Deal and lead vocalist Black Francis, and appeared on the band’s 1988 debut album, Surf Rose.
This year’s VetsAid featured an all-Ohio bill, featuring Breeders from Dayton, Ohio. “I believe in Ohio and look forward to celebrating our musical heritage while honoring our veterans with VetsAid 2022,” Walsh said in an earlier press release.
Growing up, agreement recalled in a 1995 interview, there was little exposure to the kind of music that would eventually inspire her and her twin sister Kelley. A friend of Kelley would send the sisters tapes from California, with music by acts like Elvis Costellothat Six guns and the undertones. “In Dayton, we felt like we were living in Russia,” Kim said, “that these ties were our most valuable asset. Precious, the only link to civilization. We didn’t even know what a fanzine was, a specialist record store. For us, records could only be bought in supermarkets.’
Years later, while the Pixies were on hiatus, Kim formed the Breeders with Tanya Donelly, Josephine Wiggs and Britt Walford. (Donnelly was later replaced by Kelley.) They released their debut album, Podin 1990, as Grohl’s predecessor Nirvana band mate Kurt Cobain once cited as an album that changed his life. “The main reason I like them is for their songs, for the way they structure them, which is completely unique, very atmospheric,” he said to Melody maker in 1992. “I wish Kim was allowed to write more songs for the Pixies, because ‘Gigantic’ is the best Pixies song and Kim wrote it.”
Deal acknowledged the comment in a 2018 interview with The Guardian: “Something like that makes you realize that music is so impactful. Whether it’s me or someone else, it changes people’s lives. Sometimes it all gets so cynical or I’m just doing my own thing and I forget, that music is really powerful – it really matters.”
Proceeds from VetsAid 2022 will benefit Ohio veterans and their families. A live stream of the entire concert can be purchased at Veeps website for $19.99, and can be viewed for 48 hours after the event begins.
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