(Available for shows in United States, United Kingdom, Ireland, Germany & Spain). Their Elektra debut, Doolittle, reins in the noise in favor of pop songcraft and accessibility. 4AD, then a small British independent record label, held worldwide distribution rights to the Pixies, but did not have access to distribution outside of the United Kingdom; the band had had to import all its previous records from Europe. The album itself reached number eight on the UK Albums Chart, an unexpected success for the band. Debaser: A great opening track to a wonderful album. [29] Ben Sisario points out that the album begins ("Debaser") and ends ("Gouge Away") with songs about violence being done to eyes. At the end of 2005, best estimates put total sales in America at between 800,000 and one million copies. But the album doesn't just refine the Pixies' sound; they also expand their range on the brooding, wannabe spaghetti western theme "Silver" and the strangely theatrical "Mr. [67] John Murphy, Deal's husband at the time, later recalled that with Doolittle it "went from just all fun to work". Rolling Stone, reviewing the album in July 1989, gave the album three and a half stars. Francis then named the album Doolittle, from the "Mr. Grieves" lyric "Pray for a man in the middle / One that talks like Doolittle". During this time Black Francis, the group's frontman and principal songwriter, began to write new material for a future album, with songs such as "Dead", "Hey", "Tame", and "There Goes My Gun" emerging through the course of the year. About Pixies. Francis had no preference, although Ivo Watts-Russell, head of the band's label 4AD, wanted Norton to produce the next album. In the alternative rock family tree, a big fat line runs from the Pixies directly to the chart-smashing noise pop and grunge that Nirvana broke with in 1991. "Hey" and "Monkey Gone to Heaven," on the other hand, stretch Francis' lyrical horizons: "Monkey"'s elliptical environmentalism and "Hey"'s twisted longing are the Pixies' versions of message songs and romantic ballads. Listen free to Pixies – Doolittle (Debaser, Tame and more). [35] The image "As Loud As Hell" shows "a ringing bell", with a set of teeth; this alludes to the line "it shakes my teeth" in the song "I Bleed". Rating: 100/100. Why is Pixies’ Doolittle so famous. An anthem that can never be forgotten by any fan of the Pixies. Their most accessible album, Doolittle's wide-ranging moods and sounds make it one of their most eclectic and ambitious. [33] As well as lead vocals on "La La Love You", Lovering played bass guitar on "Silver", with Deal playing slide guitar; this arrangement did not occur again. By early 1992, while the band were supporting U2 on their Zoo TV Tour, the album was selling 1,500 copies per week. Other songs explored eccentric subjects, such as in "Wave of Mutilation", which Francis described as being about "Japanese businessmen doing murder-suicides with their families because they'd failed in business, and they're driving off a pier into the ocean. perfect rating: 10/ A+ [sound/music]. Choosing just 10 tunes from that larder of awesomeness was torture, but it … Pixies recorded some 70 songs during their run, and few of them qualify as less than killer. [7], In mid-1988, the Pixies began to record demo sessions while on breaks from touring. The songs all run in a similar vain sound wise (not a bad thing by the way!) Pixies - Doolittle album review #23 Evaluated by Claude Lemaire. Prime Cart. Black Francis often claimed that Doolittle's lyrics were words which just "fit together nicely", and that "the point [of the album] is to experience it, to enjoy it, to be entertained by it". [66], During the recording of Doolittle, tensions between Francis and Deal became visible to band members and the production team. After writing "Smells Like Teen Spirit", both Kurt Cobain and Krist Novoselic of Nirvana thought: "this really sounds like the Pixies. Though Doolittle's sound is cleaner and smoother than the Pixies' earlier albums, there are still plenty of weird, abrasive vignettes: the blankly psychotic "There Goes My Gun," "Crackity Jones," a song about a crazy roommate Francis had in Puerto Rico, and the nihilistic finale "Gouge Away." A 2003 poll of NME writers ranked Doolittle as the second-greatest album of all time,[2] Rolling Stone placed the album at 227 on its list of "The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time"[3] and Pitchfork ranked it as the fourth best album of the 80s. People are really going to nail us for this. [69], After they reconvened in 1990, Francis began to limit Deal's contributions to the band. [60] Tim Rolston of The Daily Telegraph praised Doolittle as "a scintillating rock'n'roll album" and the Pixies' "finest half-hour so far". "Tame" is based on a three chord formula; including Joey Santiago's playing a "Hendrix chord" over the main bass progression. PolyGram had already secured Canadian distribution rights by that time. Following their highly regarded but commercially unsuccessful 1988 album Surfer Rosa, the band embarked on a European tour with fellow Bostonians Throwing Muses, before beginning a tour of North American states. Francis gave the demo tape and upcoming album the provisional title of Whore, though he later claimed his natural father had originally suggested the name. So, on the 30th anniversary of Doolittle, we decided to pick apart the indie rock classic and come up with the most interesting of the stories that live within the walls of these songs. Original review published June 2012. Account & Lists Sign in Account & Lists Returns & Orders. The band relocated to Carriage House Studios, a residential studio in Stamford, Connecticut, to oversee production and record further tracks. This is a comprehensive list of songs by the Pixies, an American alternative … I thought people were going to think I was some kind of anti-Catholic or that I'd been raised Catholic and trying to get into this Catholic naughty-boy stuff. Shop Vinyl and CDs and complete your Pixies collection. Doolittle also references more ostensibly conventional subjects. Norton spent a further two weeks in pre-production to familiarise himself with the Pixies' sound. Though Doolittle's sound is cleaner and smoother than the Pixies' earlier albums, there are still plenty of weird, abrasive vignettes: the blankly psychotic "There Goes My Gun," "Crackity Jones," a song about a crazy roommate Francis had in Puerto Rico, and the nihilistic finale "Gouge Away." [70], A range of music magazines have since acclaimed Doolittle as one of the quintessential alternative rock albums of the 1980s. He wrote and sang all the original material on the Pixies' two subsequent albums; 1990's Bossanova and 1991's Trompe le Monde (both produced by Norton and mixed by Haigler). [62], The information regarding accolades attributed to Doolittle is taken from AcclaimedMusic.net.[62]. 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Discover releases, reviews, credits, songs, and more about Pixies - Doolittle at Discogs. [56] Ten years after the breakup, Doolittle was still selling between 500 and 1,000 copies a week; the reunion tour saw sales creep back up to 1,200 copies per week. Eventually, Francis took Norton to a record store, where he handed him a copy of Buddy Holly's Greatest Hits, in which most of the songs are about two minutes long. Released as a single in June 1989, this is one of the purest pop songs in the Pixies’ canon and a real staple of the Doolittle album. Genres: Alternative Rock, Indie Rock, Noise Pop. PIXIES have teamed up with Twickets as their official ticket re-seller. [59] Robert Christgau of The Village Voice wrote, "They're in love and they don't know why—with rock and roll, which is heartening in a time when so many college dropouts have lost touch with the verities". Released 17 April 1989 on 4AD (catalog no. The songs all run in a similar vain sound wise (not a bad thing by the way!) Doolittle was the Pixies' first international release, with Elektra Records as the album's distributor in the United States and PolyGram in Canada. In 1989, Francis expressed his interest in surrealism and its influence on his songwriting method to The New York Times by stating "I got into avant-garde movies and Surrealism as an escape from reality. "Walking with the Crustaceans" is a visual representation of the lyrics to "Wave of Mutilation". Max. The master tapes were then sent for final post-production later that month.[17]. Rated #2 in the best albums of 1989, and #36 of all-time album.. Things get flushed and repurified or decomposed and it's this big, dark, mysterious place. Visit our official Twickets page HERE. The prostitutes of "Mr. Grieves", "Tame", and "Hey" share space with the Biblical analogies of "Dead" and "Gouge Away". Skip to main content.ca Try Prime Hello, Sign in. This culminated at the end of the US post-Doolittle "Fuck or Fight" tour, where they were too tired to attend the end-of-tour party. [57] As of 2015, sales in the United States have exceeded 834,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Pixies discography and songs: Music profile for Pixies, formed 1986. "Gouge Away" is represented by a picture of a spoon containing hair, laid across a woman's torso; a direct pictorial representation of heroin, with the spoon and the hair being horses. Songs can’t just be 1 + 1 = 2, you know? Doolittle's most ferocious moments, like "Dead," a visceral retelling of David and Bathsheba's affair -- are more stylized than the group's past outbursts. A fun, freaky alternative to most other late-'80s college rock, it's easy to see why the album made the Pixies into underground rock stars. The Pixies' arty, noisy weirdness mix with just enough hooks to produce gleefully demented singles like "Debaser," -- inspired by Bunuel's classic surrealist short Un Chien Andalou -- and "Wave of Mutilation," their surfy ode to driving a car into the sea. In June 1989, 4AD released "Here Comes Your Man" as the album's second single. The bass riff in the beginning is fast as are the drums. Includes Album Cover, Release Year, and User Reviews. Larbalestier later commented that he was interested in "early Surrealist stuff" at this time. [60] Time Out said that "Gil Norton's toy theatre production makes a drama out of what should have been a crisis". Along with Norton, two assistant recording engineers and two second assistants were assigned to the project. This background was to be an influence in Doolittle, where he referred to the Devil being "six" and God being "seven" in "Monkey Gone to Heaven". Producer Gil Norton's sonic sheen adds some polish, but Black Francis' tighter songwriting focuses the group's attack. 4AD allowed the Pixies a budget of $40,000, excluding producer's fees. [59] The album was also included in the book 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die. CAD 905 CD; CD). Two songs on Doolittle are fashioned after Biblical stories: the story of David and Bathsheba in "Dead", and Samson and Delilah in "Gouge Away". Versions of the newly composed songs were recorded during … Grieves." The middle of 1993, two years after the band's last album, Trompe le Monde, saw sales average 1,200 copies per week. Elektra followed by releasing a live promotional album, which contained two songs from their forthcoming album, "Debaser" and "Gouge Away", along with a selection of earlier material. Doolittle brought the Pixies a wider audience by countering every unusual turn with a moment of sweetness. 1 + 1 = bran muffin." 1.) Doolittle is an amazing sounding album, which is one of the things I love about the Pixies, it's just got a sound unlike any other band out there. Pixies’ Doolittle at 30: How songs about suicide, psychopaths and mutilated eyeballs sparked a new rock generation. [65] PopMatters included it in their list of the "12 Essential 1980s Alternative Rock Albums" saying, "Doolittle, captured the musicians at the top of their game when it was released in 1989". Doolittle, in my opinion, is their best CD. This breakdown in the relationship between Deal and Francis, first apparent during the recording of Doolittle, ultimately led to the band's breakup in late 1992 and early 1993. NME writer Edwin Pouncey commented that "the songs on Doolittle have the power to make you literally jump out of your skin with excitement". Doolittle (1989) is a Studio album by Pixies. [40] In Britain, the record reached number eight on the UK Album Chart. PIXIES - DOOLITTLE . If “Doolittle” were a movie, it’d be a Marvel summer blockbuster directed by David Lynch. Very upbeat and fun. Norton was hired as producer, with Stasium not even approached for the position. The band headed to the Boston recording studio Eden Sound, which at the time comprised a small room in the basement of a hair salon. The Pixies signed to Elektra Records during a UK spring tour in 1989. Doolittle 's most ferocious moments, like "Dead," a visceral retelling of David and Bathsheba's … Doolittle, an Album by Pixies. To many fans of the Pixies, Doolittle represents the very best in the alternative rock music made popular to a certain segment of the listening audience by American college radio. [12], Production and mixing began on November 28. [8] After completing the demo tape, band manager Ken Goes suggested two producers for the album; Liverpudlian Gil Norton and American Ed Stasium. Elektra Records A&R scout Peter Lubin first saw the band in October 1988, when they opened for The Jesus and Mary Chain. Doolittle is the sophomore effort from the Boston-based indie rock band The Pixies. In October 2012, the Pixies convened to Rockfield Studios in Wales with longtime producer Gil Norton (who did Doolittle, Bossa Nova and Trompe Le Monde). Genres: Alternative Rock, Indie Rock. [37], In the months following Surfer Rosa, the Pixies' management fielded calls from a number of labels. Listen to Doolittle by Pixies on VIBBIDI - Browse every single Songs, Tracklists, Music Videos, Remixes, Fan Covers, Live Performances, Tours, Playlists, Lyrics, Narrative Stories, News & more for free! It worked out pretty darned well.” [58], Reaction to Doolittle was positive in general, with the album garnering praise from several major music publications. ... To me, Surrealism is totally artificial. Norton learned to gauge Francis' reaction to changing arrangements, and later observed that the frontman "doesn't like to do anything twice". Doolittle is … The influence of the songs has been tremendous. In direct contrast to the fractured sonic style the band became known for, this is a relatively straightforward composition: verse, chorus, verse, chorus and all over within 3 minutes 30. The two talked about arrangements, and spent two days intensively analyzing the album's songs. As Francis put it: "On one hand, it's this big organic toilet. [55], Some reviewers were more critical. “Wave of Mutilation” has a chorus worthy of a power-pop classic, but it has a deceptively complicated arrangement, with swells in volume and tricky stops and starts. NME also ranked the album highly, placing it fourth in their end-of-year list. Music . Soon afterwards, the band announced that they were taking a break. During production, Haigler and Norton added layers of guitars and vocals to songs, including overdubbed guitars on "Debaser" and double tracking vocals on "Wave of Mutilation". However, at Norton's advice, Francis slowed down the tempo. [6] Versions of the newly composed songs were recorded during several sessions for John Peel's radio show in 1988, while a live recording of "Hey" appeared on a free EP circulated with a 1988 edition of Sounds. For fans to buy or re-sell their tickets at face value prices. Some songs are influenced by other genres of music; while "Crackity Jones" has a distinctly Spanish sound, and incorporates G♯ and A triads over a C♯ pedal, the song's rhythm guitar, played by Francis, starts with an eighth-note downstroke typical of punk rock music. [32] Francis gave it to Lovering as a song to sing, "like a Ringo thing"; Lovering at first refused to sing, but Norton said that soon he was unable to "get him away from the microphone". Thankfully, it’s an album—a one-of-a-kind masterpiece Pixies never quite matched. However, with the help of college radio play of "Monkey Gone to Heaven", Doolittle eventually rose to number 98 and spent two weeks in the Top 100. To celebrate the 25th anniversary of the album, 4AD announced that a deluxe edition of the album, titled Doolittle 25, was to be released January 12, 2015, containing unreleased B-sides, demos, and two full Peel sessions. The influence of the Pixies and of Doolittle has been far-reaching. [20] "I Bleed" is melodically simple, and is formed around a single rhythmical repetition. [41][43] It was not the last single from the album: in 1997, "Debaser" was released as a single to promote the Death to the Pixies compilation. Doolittle was certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America in 1995. [27] Francis' fascination with Biblical themes can be traced back to his teenage years; when he was twelve, he and his parents joined an evangelical church linked to the Assemblies of God. Doolittle has continued to sell consistently well in the years since its release, certified gold in 1995, and platinum in 2018 by the Recording Industry Association of America. [45], Following its release, Doolittle sold steadily in America, and broke sales of 100,000 after six months. We’d never done that before, and some great songs came out of it, in fact. Genres: Alternative Rock, Indie Rock. After 1988's brilliant but abrasive Surfer Rosa, the Pixies' sound couldn't get much more extreme. During this time Black Francis, the group's frontman and principal songwriter, began to write new material for a future album, with songs such as "Dead", "Hey", "Tame", and "There Goes My Gun" emerging through the course of the year. [41] This chart placing was an unexpected success for the band as their previous two records, Come On Pilgrim and Surfer Rosa, had failed to reach as high on the British charts.[42]. It's hardly what you would consider "mainstream", despite how popular it has been for the past three decades, but many of these songs listed above are bona-fide indie pop that rightfully got wide-reaching radio play. There’s also a wry, cod country feel to the song. In retrospect, album tracks such as "Debaser", "Monkey Gone to Heaven", and "Hey" are highly acclaimed by critics, while the album, along with debut LP Surfer Rosa, is often seen as the band's strongest work. The Pixies' management sought international distribution; and while negotiations with Elektra and other record companies began in the third quarter of 1988, they were only completed just two weeks before Doolittle's release on April 2, 1989. [10], Recording sessions for the album began on October 31, 1988, at Downtown Recorders in Boston, Massachusetts, at the time a professional 24-track studio. Doolittle is the second studio album by the American alternative rock band Pixies, released in April 1989 on 4AD. They are fantastically raw and all of the instruments are just sublime to listen to! [9], Norton arrived in Boston on October 31, 1988, and first visited Francis' apartment to review the album's demos. [4], Following their highly regarded but commercially unsuccessful 1988 album Surfer Rosa,[5] the band embarked on a European tour with fellow Bostonians Throwing Muses, before beginning a tour of North American states. I recently read an interview with the director David Lynch who said he had ideas and images but that he didn't know exactly what they meant. [38], Doolittle was released in the United Kingdom on April 17, 1989, and in the United States the following day. During the recordings, Norton advised Francis to alter several songs; a noted example being "There Goes My Gun" which was originally intended as a much faster Hüsker Dü-style song. Doolittle brought the Pixies a wider audience by countering every unusual turn with a moment of sweetness. They are fantastically raw and all of the instruments are just sublime to listen to! Originally released on 4AD 905 (1989, April) Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab reissue MFSL 1-309 (2009) Rating: 8.0 / B+ (MoFi) Rating: 7.5 / B+ (4AD) Category: alternative / garage rock / noise pop . So I said I'd change the title. Spin ran a hundred-word review of the album, including critic Joe Levy's comment "the insanity less surreal and more silly, and the songs themselves more like songs and less like adventures". According to Larbalestier, this "made a fundamental difference". Features Song Lyrics for Pixies's Doolittle album. Tame: A quick follow up to Debaser, but brilliant. 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