The "Pixies" "Doolittle" (33 1/3) Paperback – 20 Apr 2006
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'A brilliant series of pocket-sized books focussing on a classic album. Each one a work of real love.' --NME Magazine
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Ben Sisario has written for the New York Times, Rolling Stone, New York Press, The Village Voiceand many other publications.
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If you were wondering whether the songs had complex, deep meanings or Charles Thompson (aka Black Francis aka Frank Black, the lead singer/songwriter of the band) had a message to put out with his music - they don't and he doesn't. In fact when Sisario meets up with Thompson for a three day interview in Thompson's home in Oregon, very little is revealed about the album by Thompson (besides the fact that he doesn't own a copy of it!) leaving Sisario to deconstruct and explain the tracks as he sees them. This isn't actually a bad way of doing it given Sisario's loquaciousness and amount of time he's spent thinking about Doolittle, so that even if the band members themselves have little to contribute because they don't or they want to maintain the album's puzzling mystery, you at least get an interpretation of the album that's worth reading.
So why doesn't Thompson or anyone have anything to say about the record? Thompson was very into surrealism and this quote from David Byrne pretty much sums up his ethos: "Stop making sense and have rhythm. Or have groove. Or rhyme. Or use some interesting imagery. Or be very convoluted about what you're trying to say, for the purpose of making it interesting for all of us.Read more ›