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Perhaps the pixieish Pixies song that ever pixied, “Monkey Gone to Heaven” is a full-blown art rock anthem that somehow crams an insane amount of ideas into just less than three minutes, and while it’s not quite my favorite Pixies song, on just about any objective scale, it sure as shit is their greatest, encapsulating everything that made them unique and influential.
While a lot of bands prior to and after the Pixies used the same quiet LOUD quiet dynamic, very few of them would have ever thought to come up with a song like “Monkey Gone to Heaven,” which combined environmentalism and philosophy without being nearly as finger-waving as you’d expect a song that combined environmentalism and philosophy to be.