Doolittle is the second studio album by the American alternative rock band Pixiesreleased in April on 4AD. The album's offbeat and dark subject material, featuring references to surrealismBiblical violence, torture and death, contrasts with the clean production sound achieved by the newly hired producer Gil Norton. The album itself reached number eight on the UK Albums Chartan unexpected success for the band.
In retrospect, album tracks such as " Debaser ", "Wave of Mutilation", "Monkey Gone to Heaven", "Gouge Away", I Bleed - Pixies - Doolittle "Hey" are highly acclaimed by critics, while the album, along with debut LP Surfer Rosais often seen as the band's strongest work. Doolittle has continued to sell consistently well in the years since its release, and in was certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America. The album has been cited as inspirational by many alternative artists, while numerous music publications have ranked it as one of the most influential albums ever.
Following their highly regarded but commercially unsuccessful album Surfer Rosa the band embarked on a European tour with fellow Bostonians Throwing Musesbefore beginning a tour Atomit - Niels Bohr Edit - Ø - Atomit EP North American states.
During this time I Bleed - Pixies - Doolittle Francisthe group's frontman and principal songwriter, began to write new material for a future album, with songs such as "Dead", "Hey", "Tame", and "There Goes My Gun" emerging through the course of the year. In mid, the Pixies began to record demo sessions while on breaks from touring.
The band headed to the Boston recording studio Eden Sound, which at the time comprised a small room in the basement of a hair salon. They recorded at the studio for a week, in circumstances similar to the previous year's the Purple Tape sessions. Francis gave the demo tape and upcoming album the provisional title of Whorethough he later claimed his natural father had originally suggested the name.
Francis has clarified that he was thinking Junkhouse - Strays the word "in the more traditional sense The band had previously worked with Norton while recording the single version of " Gigantic " in May Francis had I Bleed - Pixies - Doolittle preference, although Ivo Watts-Russellhead of the band's label 4ADwanted Norton to produce the next album.
Norton was hired as producer, with Stasium not even approached for the position. Norton arrived in Boston on October 31,and first visited Francis' apartment to review the album's demos.
The two talked about arrangements, and spent two days intensively analyzing the album's songs. Norton learned to gauge Francis' reaction to changing arrangements, and later observed that I Bleed - Pixies - Doolittle frontman "doesn't like to do anything twice". Norton spent a further two weeks in pre-production to familiarise himself with the Pixies' sound. Recording sessions for the album began on October 31,at Downtown Recorders in Boston, Massachusetts, at the time a professional track studio.
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Along with Norton, two assistant recording engineers and two second assistants were assigned to the project. The sessions lasted three weeks, concluding on November 23,  with "nearly a song Baci & Abbracci - Gigi DAgostino - Tecno Fes Volume 2 day" being recorded.
Production and mixing began on November The band relocated to Carriage House Studiosa residential studio in Stamford, ConnecticutI Bleed - Pixies - Doolittle oversee production and record further tracks. During production, Haigler and Norton added layers of guitars and vocals to songs, including overdubbed guitars on " Debaser " and double tracking vocals on "Wave of Mutilation".
However, at Norton's advice, Francis slowed down the tempo. Norton's suggestions were not always welcome, and several instances of advice to add verses and increase track length contributed to the front man's building frustration. Eventually, Francis took Norton to a record store, where he handed him a copy of Buddy Holly 's Greatest Hitsin which most of the songs are about two minutes long.
The master tapes were then sent for final post-production later that month. Doolittle features an eclectic mix of musical styles. While tracks such as "Tame" and " Crackity Jones " are fast and aggressive, and incorporate the band's trademark loud—quiet dynamic,  other songs such as "Silver", "I Bleed", and "Here Comes Your Man" I Bleed - Pixies - Doolittle a quieter, slower and more melodic temperament.
The lyrical themes explored on Doolittle range from the surrealism of " Debaser ", to the environmental catastrophe of " Monkey Gone to Heaven ". The prostitutes of "Mr. Black Francis often claimed that Doolittle' s lyrics were words which just "fit together nicely", and that "the point [of the album] is to experience it, to enjoy it, to be entertained by it".
The album's opening track "Debaser" references surrealisma theme that runs throughout the album. InFrancis expressed his interest in surrealism and its influence on his songwriting method to The New York Times by stating "I got into avant-garde movies and Surrealism as an escape from reality.
To me, Surrealism is totally artificial. I recently read an interview with the director David Lynch who said he had ideas and images but that he didn't know exactly what they meant. That's how I write. Another of the album's main themes is environmental catastrophe. As Francis put it: "On one hand, it's this big organic toilet.
Things get flushed and repurified or decomposed and it's this big, dark, mysterious place. It's also a very mythological place where there are octopus's gardens, the Bermuda TriangleAtlantisand mermaids. This background was to be an influence in Doolittlewhere he referred to the Devil being "six" and God being "seven" in "Monkey Gone to Heaven".
Other songs explored eccentric subjects, such as in "Wave of Mutilation", which Francis described as being about "Japanese businessmen doing murder-suicides with their families because they'd failed in business, and they're driving off a pier into the ocean. The sea and underwater themes of "Wave of Mutilation", which also feature in "Mr. Grieves" and "Monkey Gone to Heaven", are explorations of one arena for man's death and destruction. Doolittle also references more ostensibly conventional subjects.
Doolittle was the first album where Simon Larbalestierthe Pixies' cover photographer, and Vaughan Oliverthe band's cover artist, had access to the lyrics. According to Larbalestier, this I Bleed - Pixies - Doolittle a fundamental difference".
The surrealist and abstract images throughout the album booklet are linked to the album's content. Larbalestier later commented that he was interested in "early Surrealist stuff" at this time. During the recording sessions, Whore was discarded as a potential album title, after Oliver changed the cover artwork idea to a monkey and halo cover.
Francis later explained his rationale for the move: . I thought people were going to think I Sultans of Swing - Pedro Javier Gonzalez Trio - 20 Aniversario some kind of anti-Catholic or that I'd been raised Catholic and trying to get into this Catholic naughty-boy stuff.
A monkey with a halo, calling it Whorethat would bring all kinds of shit that wouldn't be true. So I said I'd change the title. Francis then named the album Doolittlefrom the "Mr.
In the months following Surfer Rosathe Pixies' management fielded calls from a number of labels. He immediately sought to convince the band to sign to his label. Pixies contracted to Elektra Records during a UK spring tour in Elektra followed by releasing a live promotional album, which contained two songs from their forthcoming album, "Debaser" and "Gouge Away", along with a selection of earlier material.
However Elektra had not yet attained distribution rights to the band's forthcoming album. The Pixies' management sought international distribution; and while negotiations with Elektra and other record companies began in the third quarter ofthey were only completed just two weeks before Doolittle' s release on April 2, PolyGram had already secured Canadian distribution rights by that time.
Tarikan Nafasku Yang Terakhir - Sharifah Aini - Kenanglah Daku was released in the United Kingdom on April 17,and in the United States the following day. Throughout the States, helped by Elektra Records ' major label status, retail displays were constructed for the record, and " Monkey Gone to Heaven ", the first single from the album, was released to radio stations for inclusion on playlists.
However, with the help of college radio -play of "Monkey Gone to Heaven", Doolittle eventually rose to number 98 and spent two weeks in the Top To celebrate the 25th anniversary of the album, 4AD announced that a deluxe edition of the album, titled Doolittle 25was to be released January 12,containing unreleased B-sides, demos, and two full Peel sessions.
Following its release, Doolittle sold steadily in America, and broke sales ofafter six months. By earlywhile the band were supporting U2 on their Zoo TV Tourthe album was selling 1, copies per week. The middle oftwo years after the band's last album, Trompe le Mondesaw sales average 1, copies per week. Doolittle was certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America in At the end ofbest estimates put total sales in America at betweenand one million copies. Reaction to Doolittle was positive in general, with the album garnering praise from several major music publications.
NME writer Edwin Pouncey commented that "the songs on Doolittle have the power to make you literally jump out of your skin with excitement". However, he concluded that "getting famous too fast could ruin them", while suggesting the lyrics reflect somewhat of a disconnection with "the outside world".
Some reviewers were more critical. Spin ran a hundred-word review of the album, including critic Joe Levy's comment "the insanity less surreal and more silly, and the songs themselves more like songs and less like adventures".
Rolling Stonereviewing the album in Julygave the album three and a half stars. NME also ranked the album highly, placing it fourth in their end-of-year list.
The sudden loud to quiet dynamic present on Doolittlemost notably in "Tame", has been very influential on alternative rock. People are really going to nail us for this. During the recording of Doolittletensions between Francis and Deal became visible to band members and the production team.
Bickering and standoffs between the two marred the recording sessions and led to increased stress among the band members. This culminated at the end of the US post- Doolittle "Fuck or Fight" tour, where they were too tired to attend the end-of-tour party.
Soon afterwards, the band announced that they were taking a break. After they reconvened inFrancis began to limit Deal's contributions to the band. He wrote and sang all the original material on the Pixies' two subsequent albums; 's Bossanova and 's Trompe le Monde both produced by Norton and mixed by Haigler.
This breakdown in the relationship between Deal and Francis, first apparent during the recording of Doolittleultimately led to the band's breakup in late and early A range of music magazines have since acclaimed Doolittle as one of the I Bleed - Pixies - Doolittle alternative rock albums of the s. Rolling Stonereviewing Doolittle again ingave the album a maximum score of five stars, remarking that it laid the "groundwork for Nineties rock".
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