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Another highly influential 1980s AlternativeRock band that reached a moderate level of popularity but enjoyed widespread critical acclaim. Famous fans include: [[Music/ModestMouse Isaac Brock]], [[Music/{{Nirvana}} Kurt Cobain]], Music/DavidBowie, Music/{{Radiohead}}, Music/PJHarvey, Music/{{Weezer}}, [[Music/{{U2}} Bono]], and [[Music/TheSmashingPumpkins Billy Corgan]], among others.

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Another highly influential 1980s AlternativeRock band that reached a moderate level of popularity but enjoyed widespread critical acclaim. [[BigNameFan Famous fans fans]] include: [[Music/ModestMouse Isaac Brock]], [[Music/{{Nirvana}} Kurt Cobain]], Music/DavidBowie, Music/{{Radiohead}}, Music/PJHarvey, Music/{{Weezer}}, [[Music/{{U2}} Bono]], and [[Music/TheSmashingPumpkins Billy Corgan]], among others.

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* PopPunk: An UrExample with their melodic songs cranked up to eleven.


* AudienceParticipationSong: There's a video on YouTube of the audience shouting the lyrics to "Stormy Weather" during (appropriately enough) a performance hit by thunderstorm.

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* AudienceParticipationSong: There's a video on YouTube Website/YouTube of the audience shouting the lyrics to "Stormy Weather" during (appropriately enough) a performance hit by thunderstorm.


* RearrangeTheSong: The band began playing a drastically slower and creepier sounding version of "Wave of Mutilation" live, which proved very popular with the fans and was recorded in studio as the B-side "Wave of Mutilation (UK Surf Version)". Later on, they have been known to play both the fast and slow versions in the same set list.



* ShoutOut: To ''Film/UnChienAndalou'' in "Debaser."

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To ''Film/UnChienAndalou'' in "Debaser."



** The spelling of P-I-X-I-E-S on "Cactus" is a reference to a [[Music/MarcBolan T. Rex]] song in which they do the same thing.

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** The spelling of P-I-X-I-E-S by the backing vocals on "Cactus" is a reference to a [[Music/MarcBolan T. Rex]] song in which they do the same thing.


* UncommonTime: Several songs, such as "River Euphrates", "No. 13 Baby", "There Goes My Gun", and "Velouria", make copious use of 7/4 or 14/4. "Brick Is Red" has an opening with 10/4 (4+4+2) and 14/4 (4+4+4+2), and "Oh My Golly" and "Alec Eiffel" use 11/4 at various points. "Bird Dream of the Olympus Mons" is in 9/4. This is undoubtedly nowhere near a complete list; this trope could almost be considered part of the band's SignatureStyle, though it doesn't appear in every song. Black Francis has noted that he listened to a lot of Music/EmersonLakeAndPalmer and Music/CaptainBeefheart growing up; this may be part of the explanation for his frequent use of this trope.

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* UncommonTime: Several songs, such as "River Euphrates", "No. 13 Baby", "There Goes My Gun", and "Velouria", make copious use of 7/4 or 14/4. "Brick Is Red" has an opening with 10/4 (4+4+2) and 14/4 (4+4+4+2), and "Oh My Golly" and "Alec Eiffel" use 11/4 at various points. "Bird Dream of the Olympus Mons" is almost entirely in 9/4. This is undoubtedly nowhere near a complete list; this trope could almost be considered part of the band's SignatureStyle, though it doesn't appear in every song. Black Francis has noted that he listened to a lot of Music/EmersonLakeAndPalmer and Music/CaptainBeefheart growing up; this may be part of the explanation for his frequent use of this trope.


* UncommonTime: Several songs, such as "River Euphrates", "No. 13 Baby", "There Goes My Gun", and "Velouria", make copious use of 7/4 or 14/4. "Brick Is Red" has an opening with 10/4 (4+4+2) and 14/4 (4+4+4+2), and "Oh My Golly" and "Alec Eiffel" use 11/4 at various points. This is undoubtedly nowhere near a complete list; this trope could almost be considered part of the band's SignatureStyle, though it doesn't appear in every song. Black Francis has noted that he listened to a lot of Music/EmersonLakeAndPalmer and Music/CaptainBeefheart growing up; this may be part of the explanation for his frequent use of this trope.

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* UncommonTime: Several songs, such as "River Euphrates", "No. 13 Baby", "There Goes My Gun", and "Velouria", make copious use of 7/4 or 14/4. "Brick Is Red" has an opening with 10/4 (4+4+2) and 14/4 (4+4+4+2), and "Oh My Golly" and "Alec Eiffel" use 11/4 at various points. "Bird Dream of the Olympus Mons" is in 9/4. This is undoubtedly nowhere near a complete list; this trope could almost be considered part of the band's SignatureStyle, though it doesn't appear in every song. Black Francis has noted that he listened to a lot of Music/EmersonLakeAndPalmer and Music/CaptainBeefheart growing up; this may be part of the explanation for his frequent use of this trope.


* UncommonTime: Several songs, such as "River Euphrates", "No. 13 Baby", "There Goes My Gun", and "Velouria", make copious use of 7/4 or 14/4. "Brick Is Red" has an opening with 10/4 (4+4+2) and 14/4 (4+4+4+2), and "Oh My Golly" uses 11/4 at various points. This is undoubtedly nowhere near a complete list; this trope could almost be considered part of the band's SignatureStyle, though it doesn't appear in every song. Black Francis has noted that he listened to a lot of Music/EmersonLakeAndPalmer and Music/CaptainBeefheart growing up; this may be part of the explanation for his frequent use of this trope.

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* UncommonTime: Several songs, such as "River Euphrates", "No. 13 Baby", "There Goes My Gun", and "Velouria", make copious use of 7/4 or 14/4. "Brick Is Red" has an opening with 10/4 (4+4+2) and 14/4 (4+4+4+2), and "Oh My Golly" uses and "Alec Eiffel" use 11/4 at various points. This is undoubtedly nowhere near a complete list; this trope could almost be considered part of the band's SignatureStyle, though it doesn't appear in every song. Black Francis has noted that he listened to a lot of Music/EmersonLakeAndPalmer and Music/CaptainBeefheart growing up; this may be part of the explanation for his frequent use of this trope.

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* MinisculeRocking: A lot of their songs are under two minutes long - just between the first four albums, ''Complete 'B' Sides'', and ''Come On Pilgrim'', you have nineteen examples. "Allison", at 1:18, takes the cake, though.


* BoleroEffect: Despite the self-deprecating page quote above, they have a few songs with crescendi. "River Euphrates" and "No. 13 Baby" are probably the most noteworthy.

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* BoleroEffect: Despite the self-deprecating page quote above, they have a few songs with crescendi. "River Euphrates" and "No. 13 Baby" are probably the most noteworthy. "Gouge Away" also employs crescendi before each verse.



* MoodWhiplash: A lot of songs, especially given the band's signature quiet verse/loud chorus (or occasionally, loud verse/quiet chorus) contrast. Often, there'll also be mood whiplash between songs. The first three songs on ''Bossanova'' provide a particularly pertinent example.



** The formula is inverted by "Bone Machine", which has loud verses and a quiet chorus.

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** The formula is inverted by "Bone Machine", which has loud verses and a quiet chorus. "Gouge Away" also inverts it.


* EpicInstrumental: The first 1:13 of "Brick Is Red" are instrumental. That might not seem like all that long by the standards of this trope, but the song itself only runs for 2:02.

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* EpicInstrumental: EpicInstrumentalOpener: The first 1:13 of "Brick Is Red" are instrumental. That might not seem like all that long by the standards of this trope, but the song itself only runs for 2:02.

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** "Besando, chichando con Surfer Rosa" ("Oh My Golly!") translates as "kissing, fucking with Surfer Rosa".

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** BlackIsBiggerInBed: Also "Gigantic".


* ContemptibleCover: ''Surfer Rosa'', with its topless flamenco dancer.

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* ContemptibleCover: ''Surfer Rosa'', with its topless flamenco dancer.dancer, though it's pretty tasteful by the standards of this trope.



* EpicInstrumental: The first 1:13 of "Brick Is Red" are instrumental. That might not seem like all that long by the standards of this trope, but the song itself only runs for 2:02.



** "All Over the World", "The Happening", and "No. 13 Baby" also have elements of this, though it should be noted that none of them actually exceed six minutes. They could be considered somewhat to be condensed examples of this, since they abandon the band's traditional verse/chorus/bridge structure for much weirder song structures.

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** "All Over the World", "The Happening", and "No. 13 Baby" also have elements of this, though it should be noted that none of them these examples actually exceed six minutes. They could be considered somewhat to be condensed examples of this, since they abandon the band's traditional verse/chorus/bridge structure for much weirder song structures.



* LyricalDissonance: "Wave of Mutilation", "Gigantic", "Here Comes Your Man", "Debaser", etc.

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* LyricalDissonance: "Wave of Mutilation", "Gigantic", "Here Comes Your Man", "Debaser", etc."Debaser"... really, almost all their songs.

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** "I am un chien andalusia" (from "Debaser") might be one for listeners unfamiliar with the film ''Film/UnChienAndalou''.


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** "Crackity Jones".

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** "There Goes My Gun".

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