Single by Pixies
from the album Bossanova
A-side "Velouria"

"Make Believe"
"I've Been Waiting for You"

"The Thing"
Released July 16, 1990 (1990-07-16)
Format 7", 12", Compact Disc
Recorded 1989–1990, Cherokee Studios, Los Angeles, California, United States and Hansa Ton, Berlin, Germany
Genre Alternative rock
Length 3:42
Label 4AD/Elektra
Writer(s) Black Francis
Producer(s) Gil Norton
Pixies singles chronology
"Here Comes Your Man"
"Dig for Fire"

"Velouria" is a song by the American alternative rock band Pixies, written and sung by the band's frontman Black Francis. "Velouria" is featured on their album Bossanova, was the first single to be released from it and was the band's first UK Top 40 hit. The song features extensive use of theremin. It featured on the influential 1990 Madchester compilation album Happy Daze.


Unlike many of the band's other songs, the lyrics to "Velouria" are those of a straightforward love song. Black Francis said of the lyrics to the song in an interview with SongFacts, "It's folklore based; the Rosicrucians of 1920s San Jose California had some pretty interesting ideas."[1]


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.[2]

In the video, twenty-three 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.[3] 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.[4]

Track listing

All tracks written by Black Francis, except where noted.

1."Velouria"   3:40
2."Make Believe"   1:54
3."I've Been Waiting for You"  Neil Young2:45
4."The Thing"   1:58



  1. 1 2 Prato, Greg. "Frank Black Interview". SongFacts. Retrieved 30 October 2015.
  2. Frank & Ganz 2006, p. 140
  3. Jean-Michel Biel, Christophe Gourraud. "The Pixies In Video". Retrieved 2006-10-01.
  4. Andy Barding (2004-06-07). "The Pixies And Me". Archived from the original on 2006-11-24. Retrieved 2006-10-17.
  5. Rockabye Baby! Lullaby Renditions of The Pixies at AllMusic. Retrieved 23 June 2014.
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