On this day 22 years ago, something special happened to the world – Pixies’ masterpiece was released. The recording sessions have been described as difficult – so much so that the band chemistry was forever altered. The music was not commercially successful (peaking at #98 in the Billboard 200, and the “hit” single only getting to #3 in the Billboard Modern Rock chart). But here we are more than two decades later, still touched by the impact of this mammoth record. Doolittle is one of the greatest rock albums ever released.
But why is it still so revered? The hyper-saturation of modern music can make it difficult to see the singular nature of Doolittle. So let’s take a step back and consider popular and alternative music in April of 1989, and also see what other artists have said about Pixies.