~ Release group by Pixies


Doolittle12" Vinyl15
  • XE1989-04-17
Rough Trade (pre-2000)RTD 106[none]
Doolittle12" Vinyl15
  • DE1989-04-17
4AD, Rough Trade GermanyCAD 905, RTD 106[none]
Doolittle12" Vinyl15
  • GB1989-04-17
4ADCAD 9055014436905018
  • GB1989-04-17
4ADCAD 905 CD5014436905025
Doolittle12" Vinyl15
  • US1989-04-17
Elektra (1950–1989, revived 2009–06-01; read annotations before use)9 60856-1075596085618
Doolittle (Columbia House)CD15
  • US1989-04-18
Columbia House (direct-mailing distributor of club editions of releases), 4AD, Elektra (1950–1989, revived 2009–06-01; read annotations before use)E2 60856075596085625
  • US1989-04-18
Elektra (1950–1989, revived 2009–06-01; read annotations before use), 4AD9 60856-2075596085625
Liberation Records (Australian label)D 300329399603003220
Rough Trade GermanyRTD 120.0288.24005902028820
Doolittle12" Vinyl15
Grabaciones Accidentales (GASA)GA-350
Elektra (1950–1989, revived 2009–06-01; read annotations before use), BMG Direct Marketing, Inc.9 60856-2, D 101108[none]
4AD, Elektra (1950–1989, revived 2009–06-01; read annotations before use)9 60856-2075596085625
4ADGAD 905 CD5014436905025
  • US2003-05-20
4ADGAD 905 CD652637090529
DoolittleHybrid SACD (CD layer) + Hybrid SACD (SACD layer, 2 channels)15 + 15
Mobile Fidelity Sound LabUDSACD 2033821797203364
Doolittle12" Vinyl15
Mobile Fidelity Sound LabMFSL 1-309821797130912
Doolittle 252×Digital Media7 + 22
  • GB2014-11-28
  • US2014-11-28
Doolittle 253×CD15 + 13 + 22
  • GB2014-12-01
  • CA2014-12-02
Doolittle 253×12" Vinyl15 + 13 + 18
  • US2015-01-20
4ADCAD 3425652637342512
  • GB2016-12-09
4ADcad 905 bd652637090505
DoolittleDigital Media154AD5014436905025
Doolittle12" Vinyl154ADCAD 905652637090512


associated singles/EPs:Here Comes Your Man
Monkey Gone to Heaven
covers:UnderCover Presents: 100+ San Francisco Bay Area Musicians Play a Tribute to Pixies' Doolittle by Various Artists
included in:Minotaur
part of:The Guardian 100 Best Albums Ever (number: 83) (order: 83)
Absolute Radio's The 100 Collection (number: 90) (order: 90)
Rolling Stone: 500 Greatest Albums of All Time: 2020 edition (number: 141) (order: 141)
Rolling Stone: 500 Greatest Albums of All Time: 2012 edition (number: 227) (order: 227)
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lyrics page: [info]
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Wikidata:Q909006 [info]

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If anything is likely to make you feel old, it's the grim realisation that some of your favourite ever records are over 20 years old. Take, for example, Pixies' Doolittle. Originally released in April 1989, it came in a year which had already given us New Order's Technique, Lou Reed's New York and was about to unleash astonishing debuts from both The Stone Roses and Soul II Soul alongside The Cure's last fully good album, Disintegration. A vintage year indeed.

Now 20 years on, Doolittle's power and influence has barely been beaten. It was this album that inspired Kurt Cobain's vision for Nirvana, created the quiet/loud dynamic that Mogwai owe a career to, had everyone from Bowie to Radiohead, Blur to PJ Harvey awestruck and when they reformed – one of the first to do so in the last few years before it got silly – it was Doolittle that many middle-aged indiepeople were wanting to hear and howl and scream along to.

It's not hard to see why. After building themselves a nice reputation on the back of their 'proper' debut, Surfer Rosa, it was Doolittle that took them from being fawned over in Melody Maker into the actual charts to become one of 4AD's biggest successes of that time. With the key singles Monkey Gone To Heaven and Here Comes Your Man, Black Francis had distilled death, horror, whores, biblical imagery and undersea myths into a succession of short sharp chunks of immense catchiness. The unearthly howls of Debaser and Dead; the calm dead-eyed destroyer of Wave Of Mutilation; the warped southern soul of Hey; the controlled abandon and angles that Joey Santiago coaxed from his guitar throughout. Even drummer David Lovering got a song with La La Love You. And that's not to mention that the very presence of Kim Deal – a year away from inventing The Breeders - on this album consolidated her position as one of the coolest women on Earth.

There is little flab or room for negotiation with Doolittle, its 15 tracks could be released now and still wipe the floor of many of late noughties efforts. It's as perfect today as it was back then. Genuinely amazing.