Dig for Fire


"Dig for Fire"
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Single by Pixies
from the album Bossanova
  • "Velvety Instrumental Version"
  • "Winterlong"
  • "Santo"
ReleasedOctober 29, 1990 (1990-10-29)
Recorded1989 – 1990
GenreAlternative rock
Songwriter(s)Black Francis
Producer(s)Gil Norton, Chris Sheldon
Pixies singles chronology
"Dig for Fire"
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"Dig for Fire" is a song by the American alternative rock band Pixies. The song appeared on their 1990 album Bossanova, and was released as a single in October 1990. The song reached number 11 on the U.S. Modern Rock Tracks chart[1] and number 62 in the UK. According to Pixies frontman Black Francis, the song was "a bad Talking Heads imitation."[2]

The song was promoted with a music video that also featured another Bossanova track, the brief "Allison", a tribute to jazz musician Mose Allison.

The single version of "Dig for Fire" is mixed differently from the album version and also contains some overdubs.[citation needed]

Track listing

All songs written by Black Francis, except where otherwise noted.

  1. "Dig for Fire" – 2:51
  2. "Velvety Instrumental Version" – 2:04
  3. "Winterlong" (Neil Young) – 3:07
  4. "Santo" – 2:16


Chart (1990–91) Peak
UK Singles (OCC)[3] 62
US Alternative Airplay (Billboard)[4] 11


  1. ^ "Pixies - Awards". allmusic.com. Retrieved February 13, 2013.
  2. ^ Stern, Perry. "Surf's Up." Music Express, October 1990. http://aleceiffel.free.fr/surf.html (transcript) (accessed March 10, 2013)
  3. ^ "Pixies: Artist Chart History". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 7 August 2017.
  4. ^ "Pixies Chart History (Alternative Airplay)". Billboard. Retrieved 7 August 2017.