Digital Music — August 21, 2013 at 8:23 am

Black Francis howls like a madman on this isolated vocal track to Pixies’ ‘Debaser’


Anyone who’s listened to the Pixies’ “Debaser” knows Black Francis sounds fairly deranged on that classic opener to 1989’s Doolittle — the lyrics from which, of course, this site derives its name. But give the isolated vocal track a listen, and, well, as Fluxblog’s Matthew Perpetua notes, the Pixies’ frontman “just sounds like a maniac screaming on the street.”

The IsolatedVocals account on Soundcloud posted the “Debaser” vocal track this week, along with a similar instrument-free recording of another Doolittle standout, ‘Hey.”

You can stream both below:







One Comment

  1. Amazing… I remember, years ago, listening to Debaser on cassette and singing along to what I thought were the lyrics, until finally being able to look them up (thank you Internet in 1996) and realizing that I was “way” off.

    Except now, even with the vocals isolated, I still think I’d have difficulty understanding what he was saying if I didn’t already know the words.

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