Tracks from the Past: Pixies' Doolittle

BY DI STAFF | NOVEMBER 17, 2011 7:20 AM

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On June 1, 1989, 28 days before I was born, the Pixies released the album Doolittle, which featured the gem "Here Comes Your Man."

Today, the song is just as accessible as it was when it came out 22 1⁄2 years ago. The band was hesitant to release the song at the time. But when it did, most critics agreed it was the band's breakthrough track.

The song is great for many reasons, but one is because the Pixies emulate rock and roll classics from the very beginning of the tune.

The first sound in the song is know as the "Hendrix Chord" (7#9), a chord made popular by Jimi Hendrix and used often by Pixie guitarist Joey Santiago. The single strike of the Hendrix chord in the beginning of the song is also identical to the opening of the classic Beatle's tune "A Hard Day's Night."

Despite the public's adoration of the song, the band members rarely played it during concerts and promotional events. They were even denied performing on "The Arsenio Hall Show" for refusing to play the song.

Though the band opted not to play it often, I do. After all, any song that both Kurt Cobain of Nirvana and Thom Yorke of Radiohead have praised numerous times deserves to be played and appreciated by the masses. Even if it was released almost a quarter of a century ago.

— by Jordan Montgomery

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