Pixies – Doolittle (1989) & Bossanova (1990)
[Albums 254 & 255/1001]
Though critically acclaimed, Pixies never quite achieved major commercial success.
I’d argue if these two very good albums were merged, the merger would result in one phenomenal record.
My proposed Doo-Nova tracklist:
Even if I didn’t think either was individually spectacular, that doesn’t mean I was able to stop listening. This is a pair of addictive records.
I am also forever grateful to Pixies for their impact on countless groups, including but nowhere near limited to:
Weezer – Their Velouria cover was my introduction to Kim Deal & co. Some of her harmonies have the same ethereal quality of Matt Sharp’s under appreciated falsetto work.
Modest Mouse – The Happening reminds me of with some of the best moments from We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank. Black Francis (Pixies) walks that same fine melodic/annoying vocal line as MM’s Isaac Brock.
Pavement – Likely used Stormy Weather as a blueprint for a few tunes from the Slanted & Enchanted/Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain period.
Throw in some moments reminiscent of future sounds by Death Cab for Cutie, Nirvana, & even Radiohead, it’s clear the magnitude (pop, pop!) of Pixies’ influence has been enormous & diverse.
And for that, much obliged.
Thus ends 2-for-1 October.
November of course will acknowledge ‘Mo’vember in some capacity, thanks for reading & commenting!