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Doolittle

Doolittle

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Overview

After 1988's brilliant but abrasive Surfer Rosa, the Pixies' sound couldn't get much more extreme. On Doolittle, they reined in the noise in favor of pop songcraft and accessibility. Producer Gil Norton's sonic sheen adds some polish, but Black Francis' tighter songwriting focuses the group's attack. 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. Meanwhile, the band's poppy side surfaces on the irresistible single "Here Comes Your Man" and the sweetly surreal love song "La La Love You." The Pixies mix their arty weirdness with just enough hooks to produce gleefully demented singles like "Debaser" -- inspired by Buñuel's classic surrealist short Un Chien Andalou -- and "Wave of Mutilation," their surfy ode to driving a car into the sea. 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." Meanwhile, "Tame" and "I Bleed" continue the band's penchant for cryptic kink. 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. Grieves." "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. Their most accessible album, Doolittle's wide-ranging moods and sounds make it one of their most eclectic and ambitious. 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. [In 2014, Doolittle 25 celebrated the album's quarter-century anniversary with generous bonus features, including Peel Sessions, B-sides, and demos for all of the songs from the Doolittle era. While many of the extra tracks here were available either on bootlegs or on previous official releases, the way Doolittle 25 collects them makes it a fascinating, satisfying listen for Pixies geeks.]


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Product Details

Release Date: 12/02/2014
Label: 4Ad
UPC: 0652637342529
catalogNumber: 734252
Rank: 92471

Tracks

Disc 1

  1. Debaser
  2. Tame
  3. Wave of Mutilation
  4. I Bleed
  5. Here Comes Your Man
  6. Dead
  7. Monkey Gone To Heaven
  8. Mr. Grieves
  9. Crackity Jones
  10. La La Love You
  11. No.13 Baby
  12. There Goes My Gun
  13. Hey
  14. Silver
  15. Gouge Away

Disc 2

  1. Dead
  2. Tame
  3. There Goes My Gun
  4. Manta Ray
  5. Into the White
  6. Wave of Mutilation
  7. Down To the Well
  8. Manta Ray
  9. Weird At My School
  10. Dancing the Manta Ray
  11. Wave of Mutilation
  12. Into the White
  13. Bailey's Walk

Disc 3

  1. Debaser
  2. Tame
  3. Wave of Mutilation
  4. I Bleed
  5. Here Comes Your Man
  6. Dead
  7. Monkey Gone To Heaven
  8. Mr. Grieves
  9. Crackity Jones
  10. La La Love You
  11. No.13 Baby
  12. There Goes My Gun
  13. Hey
  14. Silver
  15. Gouge Away
  16. My Manta Ray is All Right
  17. Santo
  18. Weird At My School
  19. Wave of Mutilation
  20. No.13 Baby
  21. Debaser
  22. Gouge Away

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Pixies   Primary Artist
Kim Deal   Bass Guitar
Black Francis   Guitar,Vocals
Karen Karlsrud   Violin
David Lovering   Drums
Joey Santiago   Guitar,Background Vocals
Arthur Fiacco   Cello
Corine Metter   Violin
Ann Rorich   Cello

Technical Credits

Kim Deal   Composer
Black Francis   Composer
Dale "Buffin" Griffin   Producer
Paul Q. Kolderie   Engineer
Gil Norton   Producer,Engineer
James Birtwistle   Engineer
Chris Bigg   Calligraphy
Vaughan Oliver   Art Direction
Mike Walter   Engineer
Claude Fixler   Engineer
Gary Smith   Engineer
John Turner   Engineer

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