Released in 1989, on Doolittle, this track was actually written quite a few years later, when frontman Black Francis was 14.
It’s a very sweet, pop-py song by Pixies standards. So much so, that the band didn’t want to record it. But due to a producer who liked it, the song did see the light of day.
It’s a fairly simple song in terms of the chords and structure. The lyrics are about earthquakes – particularly the negative effects which they have on homeless people travelling on trains.
The video is a clear attempt by The Pixies to nod to the more upbeat nature of the song, with a mockery of Top of The Pops style miming.
It’s a great, happy song thought!