San Antone Gets Shout Out in New Pixies Single


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You’ll have to wait until Sept. 30 to hear the Pixies new album, Head Carrier, in its entirety, but that doesn’t mean you can’t get a sample of what’s to come.

Today, the alternative rock band released their single “Um Chagga Lagga,” which is included on the 12-track album, on their website for all to stream. Towards the end of the song, the band mentions a city that might sound a little familiar.

The lyrics: “Um Chagga Lagga, San Antone!” This is the band’s sixth full-length album and second since they reunited in 2003.

In an interview with Rolling Stone last month, Pixies lead singer/songwriter Black Francis described “Um Chagga Lagga” as “a French truck-driving song, about the seedier side of life on the road. It’s about the things that happen at truck stops and gas stations and cornfields.”

It is important to note that during his solo career after the Pixies broke up, Francis, who went by the name Frank Black during that time, also wrote a song called “San Antonio, TX” for his 2002 album Devil’s Workshop, which wasn’t much of a love letter to the city.

“In San Anton, the state of Texas/Hearing you my dear room all alone/Put me in the cab, I’m flyin' away/I’m glad to say, I’m finally leaving here.”

Listen to “Um Chagga Lagga” on Soundcloud here.

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