One Of The Catchiest Songs Ever

I first got introduced to The Pixies “Doolittle” album when I was a young lad. A friend of my dad ripped me a tape of the album (tapes. Remember those?) after I told him about my interests in Alt bands like Nirvana and Pearl Jam. I remember giving the brilliant album a listen to but never truly got into it. During high school I not only resurrected the tape but also realized that The Pixies were in fact one of those rare great bands to come out of the 80s and early 90s. I often revisit Doolittle, Surfer Rosa and Bossanova on a regular basis now but a week or so ago I realized that one of their songs––one of the few radio hits, “Monkey Gone to Heaven”–– is in fact one of the catchiest tunes out there. The song is so catchy that since my epiphany I have had the song’s ridiculous but brilliant hook stuck in my head (much to the dismay of my father who can’t for the life of him realize what the hell I’m saying).

The song in a nutshell is kind of an allegory for growing global environmental concerns. That and a monkey. With lyrics like,

there was a guy
an under water guy who controlled the sea
got killed by ten million pounds of sludge
from new york and new jersey
this monkey’s gone to heaven

the creature in the sky
got sucked in ahole
now there’s a hole in the sky
and the ground’s not cold
and if the ground’s not cold
everything is gonna burn
we’ll all take turns
i’ll get mine, too
this monkey’s gone to heaven

it’s hard to say what the hell singer Black Francis is actually going on about. However, one this is for certain, the song will get sucked into your head. The Pixies were one of those rare bands with a sound and style that was different and bizarre but worked really well. They recently reunited for a sold out world wide tour. Surfer Rosa and Doolittle are both essential owns and for the adventurous, the underrated Bossanova is also worth checking out. Bossanova also features their best song ever written, “ANA,” a must download. So if all goes well this entry will help me rid this song from my head as I am starting to tire from reciting “this monkey’s gone to heaven” everywhere I go.

“if man is 5
then the devil is 6
then god is 7
this monkey’s gone to heaven”


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