Wednesday, March 14, 2012

226 Doolittle

Album: Doolittle
Artist: The Pixies
Year: 1989
Genre: Rock

  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

There is a short list of acceptable topics for rock and roll lyrics and it runs as follows-

The opposite sex (and issues with them)
Social injustice

Consequently the ultimate rock song is one in which the the vocalist discusses social issues with a confusing but naked member of the opposite sex at a party (it's possible this is what Stairway to Heaven is about, nobody knows for sure).

There is a much longer list of unacceptable topics for rock lyrics and it includes the following:

The old Testament
Eyes being injured
Japanese businessmen killing themselves and their families.

The Pixies are not a conventional rock and roll band and it will come as no surprise which list they've decided to mine for their references throughout Doolittle.

Doolittle is not a conventional listen. It's probably more mainstream than Surfa Rosa, their previous effort, but it's by no means The Beatles. It continues that "lull you into a false sense of security with some lightness and then pummel you with some heavy" style that they created and very quickly perfected on Surfa and developed further here. It's quite loud and shouty and makes no effort to disguise the fact that it's partly designed to intimidate as much as it's designed to seduce.

Intrigued? Give Monkey Gone to Heaven a listen. Unlike a lot of bands on the countdown The Pixies most famous songs is actually a pretty good representation of their sounds. If you like it you'll like them, if you can't see the point give Doolittle the widest berth you can.

Influenced by: Larry Norman
Influenced: Any band with any kind of street Cred (and the Smashing Pumpkins as well)

Highlight: Monkey gone to heaven
Lowlight: Hey

Favourite Amazon Customer Review Quote: "I can't really give this a proper review because I literally just started listening to it."

-Then don't. Literally don't. If you literally started listening to an album then you literally can't give it a proper review. So literally do not.

So does this album do a lot for you or doolittle? Let me know below.

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