Album: Doolittle Year: 1989
What a way to kick off an album. Arguably the band's best full-length, Doolittle, starts with the lyrics, "Got me a movie, I want you to know / Slicing up eyeballs, I want you to know." The movie that Black Francis was referring to was Un Chien Andalou, a surrealist film by Luis Buñuel and artist Salvador Dalí that has one cringe-worthy scene involving a woman's eyeball being sliced open. Francis admits that he didn't put much thought into it, that he just thought it sounded cool and wanted to make a song about it.
On Doolittle, Pixies' drummer Dave Lovering told Music Radar, “We didn’t feel like we were making a masterpiece. I guess I can see that it’s a classic now. At the time of its release, I just thought of it as another Pixies album. It was the next thing we were doing.” This attitude was probably why the album felt so natural. There was no pressure to make something deep and meaningful, and the band could sing and play whatever they felt like singing and playing. 20 years later we can all agree that it's a classic album, and when you press play on that album, "Debaser" sets the tone perfectly.