Jan 292021

‘The Best Covers Ever’ series counts down our favorite covers of great artists.

pixies covers

In a 1994 interview with Rolling Stone, here’s how Kurt Cobain described the genesis of “Smells Like Teen Spirit.”

“I was basically trying to rip off the Pixies. I have to admit it. When I heard the Pixies for the first time, I connected with that band so heavily that I should have been in that band—or at least a Pixies cover band. We used their sense of dynamics, being soft and quiet and then loud and hard.”

Surprisingly, the Pixies’ most famous superfan – the man who said he should be in a Pixies cover band – never covered the Pixies. Nirvana were rarely shy about covering their influences, from the Vaselines to the Velvet Underground, but maybe the Pixies were just too obvious. Every Nirvana song, Kurt might have thought, was just a Pixies cover a few degrees removed.

That line of thinking didn’t stop many other artists, though. Pixies covers abound, both from obvious acolytes in the ’90s alt-rock scene to musician fans in other genres who found a way to make Pixies songs sound like bossa nova or doo-wop. We’ve narrowed it down to the best thirty for our list, below. We hope you la la love it.

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The list continues on Page 2.

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  21 Responses to “The 30 Best Pixies Covers Ever”

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  1. “Where is my mind” again, by La Boca Abierta

  2. Where Is My Mind by Nada Surf

  3. There’s this guy, recently passed away. Kind off famous. Did a cover of Cactus. Fidn’t see David Bowie’s name mentioned

  4. Alec Eiffel by Bunnies is one of the best Pixies cover ever.

  5. andrew mccubbin – gauge away

  6. Skeggs, here comes your Man

  7. Think Micahs cover beats them all, but we are a little biased.

  8. Larsen – Where is my mind?

  9. The Get Up Kids – Alec Eiffel


  10. Break my body by Hanne Hukkelberg…

  11. Loving that Kate Rogers cover!

  12. Great list!! This whole post is a great soundtrack to a rainy morning!

  13. I Bleed by PsychoTrópicos

  14. My favourite artists cover my favourite artists all the time but I’ve never heard of a single one of these 30 artists that covered my all time favourite, the Pixies. And I don’t remember the Pixies ever covering any of my favourites either. Very odd.

  15. Kristin Hersh – Wave of Mutilation

  16. There is some random dude out there named Matt or Michael who hires cover bands of artists to turn around and cover the Pixies.
    Think Frank Sinatra coverband covers Monkey gone to Heaven

    Maybe not the best, but damn good.

  17. Best cover by Oryl – let me know what you think, I believe it’s much better than the original : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nTUU8Ya-lYk

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