Pixies - Doolittle (1989)
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Frontman and lyricist Black Francis was extremely fascinated by avant-garde cinema and surrealism as a medium to escape the drudgery of reality, a topic which comes through very heavily in his lyrics. The album also deals with themes such as biblical stories (‘Gouge Away’, ‘Dead’), representation of women and whores (‘Hey’, ‘Mr. Grieves’) and pollution/tainting of the earth (‘Monkey Gone to Heaven’).
Among it’s list of breakthroughs, Doolittle helped to revolutionise the songwriting process, popularising the technique of having a quiet verse contrasted with a loud chorus, an approach which was embraced by some of the frontrunners of the early nineties alternative explosion, most notably Kurt Cobain, helping to attain Doolittle’s platinum certification.
Despite their universal acclaim amongst alternative music lovers and strong back catalogue, Pixies endured relentless internal strife which led to their breakup in 1992 (although they re-united in 2004). Regardless of band relationships however, Doolittle was a breath of fresh air in the late eighties, and paved the way for artists such as The Smashing Pumpkins, Nirvana and Sonic Youth, truly making it an album for the ages.
Listen to Doolittle in full here, courtesy of musicradar.com and read what Pixies' drummer David Lovering says about each track on the album.
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Read this in-depth interview with Pixies' Joey Santiago about the ‘Doolittle’ tour courtesy of Slicing Up Eyeballs.