PIXIES have offered an apology to their supporters when it came to light that their song “Where Is My Mind” was causing their phone alarms to shut off.
The famous 1988 song was found to be creating chaos on certain Google phones earlier this week, as a fan shared on social media how the tune unintentionally led to him overlooking his morning alarms.
One Reddit user explained on Monday (May 1) that the beginning of the song was causing issues with a recent Google Assistant update, which enabled users to deactivate their alarms by uttering “stop.” Nevertheless, the Assistant has been mistaking the initial part of “Where Is My Mind” — the Surfer Rosa song that commences with Black Francis suddenly exclaiming “stop” — as a directive from the user, leading to the deactivation of users’ alarms.
“For the past few months, I could not figure out why on random days, with seemingly no reason, sometimes my alarm would either not go off, or turn itself off very quickly,” Reddit user reveals. “Well this morning, I woke up about 5 minutes before my alarm went off, and I have cracked the code.”
“The alarm is set to play a Spotify playlist, and one of the songs on that playlist is ‘Where is My Mind’ by the Pixies. If you know the first line of that song, you may know… the word ‘stop’ [is] said very clearly,” he adds. “My Pixel has been hearing that ‘stop’ and turning the alarm off. Since it’s a playlist on shuffle, it only comes up every once in a while, so it’s not happening every morning.”
The occurrence was later verified by a YouTube channel named Android Police, who posted a video showcasing the event. Despite this, according to Stereogum, other tracks that heavily use the word “Stop” do not trigger the same response. These songs include JANE’S ADDICTION‘s “Stop,” THE SUPREMES‘ “Stop! In The Name Of Love,” QUEEN‘s “Don’t Stop Me Now,” and both “U Can’t Touch This” and “Ice Ice Baby.”
In reaction to the piece posted by Android Police, PIXIES has offered an apology to the Redditor and any other impacted users, stating: “Sorry about that!”