Here Comes The Pixies

I’m not sure that I completely understand the motivation of bands to play an album in its entirety during live performances.  But if ever there was a band that I would want to see pull this off, it would without question be the Pixies.

And for those, like me, who haven’t stopped listening to their classic Doolittle to this day – 20 years after its original release – now is the chance to see the band bring the album back to the stage.

The news has been out for a while now, but bandleader Black Francis provided great insight into the concept of the upcoming “anniversary shows” in this interview with Rolling Stone’s David Browne

Black Francis (a/k/a Frank Black), born Charles Michael Kittridge Thompson IV, has a unique and almost indescribable style that comes through clearly in the RS interview.

And as craftsman for virtually the entire Pixies catalog, not to mention nearly two decades of solo material, that style has been responsible for some of the greatest recorded material of the last quarter-century.


Doolittle, specifically, is a no-brainer for one of my personal top five albums of all-time.  Not only does the album contain legendary alt-rock hits like Here Comes Your Man and Monkey Gone To Heaven, but as allmusic’s 5-star review accurately details:

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. 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.”

What more can I say?  Buy this album of “gleefully demented singles” and “weird, abrasive vignettes” and get yourself to one of the 14 scheduled US dates this fall, if at all possible.

Never one for great hyperbole, Francis recalls how he and guitarist Joey Santiago knew that they “really did something special” as they were finishing up demos for the album prior to its recording.  Now would be a great time to find out exactly how special this album remains to this day.

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~ by acm213 on September 3, 2009.

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