In Not Fade Away, we take a look at the legacy of some of the greatest albums of the past few decades – some iconic, some lesser known – as they celebrate significant anniversaries. Here, we focus on the Pixies‘ 1989 classic, ‘Doolittle,’ which turns 25 today.
Kurt Cobain always used his popularity to bring attention to the lesser-known bands that influenced him. Nirvana may have lived on the top of the pop charts, but to quote the Replacements, they spent their time on the “left of the dial.” One of the bands they name-dropped most, and were most influenced by, was the Pixies, who practically set the template for Nirvana’s loud/quiet/loud dynamic.
“I was basically trying to rip off the Pixies,” Cobain told Rolling Stone for a 1994 cover story. “I have to admit it. When I heard the Pixies for the first time, I connected with that band so heavily, I should have been in that band – or at least in a Pixies cover band. We used their sense of dynamics, being soft and quiet and then loud and hard.”