Bossanova is the third album by the American alternative rock band Pixies, released in August 1990 on the English independent record label 4AD
. All of Bossanova's original material was written by the band's frontman Black Francis
; it marked the point where his artistic control over the band became absolute. The album's sound, inspired by surf
and space rock
, complements its lyrical focus on outer space, which references subjects such as aliens and unidentified flying objects.