True story: I went to school at 2:00 AM on a Saturday night cause I’m cool like that, and I was just chilling in an empty classroom, listening to Doolittle. And I remember blasting Tame in my headphones and pretending I was performing the song live. I even threw myself on my knees at one point, as I got really into the Charles Thompson’s screaming. And this is when I realized how underrated he truly is. Not only can he play some pretty intricate rhythm guitar riffs, but he can do it while belting out lyrics with such liveliness and charisma; it really brings this song to life.
Let’s just also take a second to address the Pixies signature play on dynamics. They literally have a documentary titled “loudQuietloud” (It’s AMAZING and also free on youtube), and many artists, most notably Kurt Cobain, have credited the Pixies for inspiring certain songs that also follow a similar play on dynamics. Cobain himself has stated that he essentially was trying to rip off the Pixies when he was writing “Smells Like Teen Spirit”. Cobain, of course, had nothing but love for the Pixies and has listed them multiple times in his diary as a source of inspiration.
(*flavor flav voice*) ANNNNNND yeah boiiiii, let me tell ya, does this song play with dynamics. The verse of this song essentially comprises of Charles whispering and Kim Deal ripping a chunky bass line. And the song quickly erupts to chaos in the chorus, pushed along by Charles screaming, which I can only ever dare to replicate as I danced by myself in an empty classroom.
I think my favorite part of this song is when Charles and Kim start heaving and breathing loudly; it most certainly mimics the exhaustion I’m sure Charles feels when he sings this song. You can even see during the live version he sort of grimaces after every scream, and I can imagine him wishing the song was over, while I’m sitting over here replaying it over and over wondering why it’s so short.