This Week In History: Pixies Release Seminal Album ‘Doolittle’

In 1989 the Pixies changed the course of alternative music forever.

Few albums have had a greater impact on the 1990s alternative rock than the Pixies’ Doolittle. Released on April 18, 1989, Doolittle arrived less than a year after the band’s debut record Surfer Rosa. Where Surfer Rosa was a critical success, Doolittle launched the band into a new level of popularity on the strength of great reviews and a pair of hit singles in “Here Comes Your Man” and “Monkey Gone to Heaven.”

The Pixies perfected their craft of mixing their signature soft-loud sound that would inspire bands such as Nirvana, Modest Mouse, and Radiohead on Doolittle. Frontman Black Francis wrote most of the record himself, sharing songwriting duties with bassist and vocalist Kim Deal.

Doolittle’s success would eventually help the band land a supporting gig behind U2 on their Zooropa tour in 1992. The record was certified gold in 1995, eclipsing 500,000 unit sold, and it’s been hailed as one of the greatest records of all-time by the likes of NME, Pitchfork, Rolling Stone, and Spin.

The Pixies split ways in 1993, but their influence on the indie and alternative scenes of today is immeasurable. The band would reform in 2004, releasing new records in 2014 and again in 2016. They continue to tour today, with fans the world over showing up to here the classic cuts from Doolittle that propelled the Pixies to stardom.