"I guess I should consider myself lucky we're that kind of band," he said. "There's a lot of emotional attachment. I think when there is a woman involved, there is more emotion involved. I don't know about you, but I feel more emotional about women, know what I mean? I went and saw 'Gravity,' and I probably couldn't pick Sandra Bullock out of a photograph but I'm emotionally attached to everything going on with her in that movie. What can I say? I don't know. People feel emotional about our band and its magical lineup, Kim Deal especially."
"Kim Deal only has to play one fucking note," he laughs. "She walks out there puffing a cigarette and everyone goes, 'Yeah! I wanna marry you!' That's the reaction, you know? I can scream my brains out, lay out all this pathos, expunge my soul in front of everybody, but they just go, 'Yeah right, that's a pretty good trick but where's Kim Deal?' I'm just saying."
I didn't see much wrong with this quote, except till I got to the second paragraph. Frank Black, lead singer of the beloved Pixes, finishes his thought by saying that all Kim had to do was “play one fucking note” to receive the admiration she received, which is a gross oversimplification of what Kim Deal did for the Pixies. I’m tired of people attacking artists, especially women, for playing “easy” and “simple” parts. When are people going to realize that fast and complex doesn’t equal amazing and talented?! What Kim Deal brings as a bassist is space and tone. Some of the most memorable moments of Pixies songs are her basslines. But sure, let’s just say she’s well admired for providing emotional attachment via her womanly magnetism.
Is Frank Black incredibly underrated? Yes. Does that give him the right to dismiss the possibility that Kim may just be a good bassist? No. Are rhetorical questions a lame way to get your point across? Fuck you. Maybe Frank is right. Kim's presence in the Pixies provided something magical to the lineup. I'll admit there's something magnetic about her personality as seen in interviews, live performances, and documentaries. But her personality doesn't overshadow the fact that she's an incredible vocalist, lyricist, guitarist, and bassist. These are the reasons she's so admired and loved by contemporaries and fans alike. And to oversimplify Kim's abilities to "playing one fucking note" and attributing the rest of her appeal to her "womanly presence " is utter bullshit.
Some of my favorite and classic basslines from Kim:
Surfer Rosa: Bone Machine, Gigantic, Tony’s Theme
Doolittle: Debaser, Wave of Mutilation, I Bleed, Here Comes Your Man, Monkey Gone to Heaven, Mr. Grieves, No 13 Baby, Hey, Gouge Away
Bossanova: Is She Weird, Velouria, Ana, Dig For Fire, The Happening
Trompe Le Monde: Planet of Sound, Alec Eifel, Bird Dream of the Olympus Mons, U-Mass, The Navajo Know
Xx Ana Tame Xx
P.S. Link to article is below.