Let me tell you a story. i get into certain bands quite easily, and once i'm into those bands, i stay with them. i got my first nirvana cd about 3 years ago, at the age of 14. it was "nevermind", and i listened to it solidly for about a year. then i got "in utero", and i listened to that more than i did "nevermind". the same thing happened with "incesticide" when i got that album.
now, i know you're thinking 'when does the pixies stuff come in?' and the answer is right here. see, i read about kurt and i heard that one of his biggest influences was "the pixies". i had never heard any of their songs, didn't know who they were, anything. but to me at the time kurt was god so i went to the record shop and found this little beauty. when i popped the "complete b-sides" on, that was the last day i listened to any of my nirvana cd's, and that was over 6 months ago, and i've been listening to this (and the other pixies cds i got which are all brilliant)solidly.
ok, a bit about the music. track 1 is "river euphrates", and it is a more polished version of track 6 of "surfer rosa". i like this more than the "rosa" version, because the production is a lot easier on the ear, but the song is basically the same. vamos live, and in heaven follow, and after heariung these two songs, i finally realised what kurt had made the fuss about. in heaven is simple but staggering in terms of raw power delivered. many of the other songs are great, but the absolute standout tracks are those 3, followed by "bailey's walk", "the thing", and "into the white".
in a nutshell, then, this was the band that got me away from being obsessive about nirvana, and they did it on the strength of just this b-side album. good lyrics, good musicianship, lots of passion. great record.