You know those albums that you’ve always loved but sometimes forget about? The best feeling in the world is having someone remind you of that love and immediately throwing it on your turntable to play over and over and over again until your roommates go a little crazy. Last night in my house, that album was Doolittle by the Pixies. I have no regrets.
For those of you who may not know (and shame on you, really), the Pixies are more or less the representatives of early 90s alternative rock. Formed in Boston in 1986, they released an album per year until 1991, and broke up shortly thereafter in 1993. With influences like Hüsker Dü and The Cars, as well as diehard fans such as Kurt Cobain, it’s easy to see why the Pixies have left such a lasting mark on the world of music. Not to mention the fact that bassist Kim Deal went on to form another majorly cool 90s alternative rock band, The Breeders.
What makes the Pixies so great in general, and Doolittle such a fantastic album in particular, is the expansive variety of their sound. Charming and poppy at one moment, such as in “Here Comes Your Man,” they are equally as angsty and distorted at the next, as with “Monkey Gone to Heaven.” Their widespread and lasting success can largely be attributed to that diversity, the realization that they were part of a multifaceted generation and the ability to communicate that musically.
Even today, songs from Doolittle are sampled by Diplo, covered by Rogue Wave, and featured on shows like The O.C. The album, at least in my opinion, is a classic relic of the 90s. And now I’m going to go play it again.Tags: Diplo, Doolittle, Husker Du, Kurt Cobain, Rogue Wave, The Cars, the O.C., The Pixies