Bird Dream Of The Olympus Mons

With the upcoming Pixies tour in mind I was reminiscing of those middle and high school days when I first discovered “alternative” (as it was referred to then) music.  My first introduction into this vein of music was through skateboarding.  In 1986 my mom bought me a video called the Vision Pro Skate Escape.  This VHS showed a pro skateboarding competition, which featured The Red Hot Chili Peppers, who were playing on the deck of the half-pipe after the contest.  Soon after, I got my first Chili Peppers tape, Uplift Mofo Party Plan, and that was the beginning of a part of my life that I would not trade for anything.  Well, not too far down the line the Pixies surfaced (not onto the scene, but for me) in a fascinating world of incredible music.  This would have been around 1991 and I picked up the album Doolittle.  Like many bands that I enjoy, I soon collected all or most of the group’s discography.  The Pixies would have to go down as one of the most nostalgic sounds ever for my friends and I.

Nostalgia doing it's best, our posse in '93. No doubt, we (or at least I) had eaten too much sugar.

Fast forward 20 years, we still love the sounds of the Pixies and are going to see the band play in September when they come to Asheville NC.  The band is featuring Doolittle on this tour as a 20th anniversary celebration of the album’s release.  As a matter of fact, if you go over to they are offering a free download of some live songs.

As I was thinking about the upcoming show, and more importantly, the fact that I’m going to see it with my wife and two best friends, I remembered hearing a cover of a Pixies song in the recent past.  Oh wait, it was by my best friend’s band, The Oatmeal Conspiracy, and I happened to have recorded it, so here it is… Bird Dream of the Olympus Mons, originally from the Pixies album, Tompe Le Monde, recorded at Clementine Cafe in Harrisonburg, VA.

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