|Single by Pixies|
|from the album Bossanova|
|Released||July 16, 1990|
|Recorded||1989–1990, Cherokee Studios, Los Angeles, California, United States and Hansa Ton, Berlin, Germany|
|Pixies singles chronology|
"Velouria" is a song by the American alternative rock band Pixies, written and sung by the band's frontman Black Francis. "Velouria" was released as a single in July 1990 and was the band's first UK Top 40 hit. It was included as the third track on their album Bossanova released a month later. The song features extensive use of theremin. It featured on the influential 1990 Madchester compilation album Happy Daze.
As "Velouria" was climbing up the UK Top 40, the band was offered a spot on Top of the Pops. However, a BBC rule stated that only singles with videos could be performed on the show. To counter this, a cheap video was made with the band being filmed running down a quarry.
In the video, 23 seconds of footage (the time needed for the band members to reach the camera) is slowed in order to last for the duration of the song. However, the effort in filming the video was in vain; Pixies did not play "Velouria" on Top of the Pops while the single was in the charts.
All tracks are written by Black Francis, except where noted.
|3.||"I've Been Waiting for You"||Neil Young||2:45|
|UK Singles (OCC)||28|
|US Alternative Airplay (Billboard)||4|