Whistlin’ Pixie, the seminal indie rockband skewered love songs in a fantastic way


“La La Love You” is the tenth track on the Pixies’ unassailable classic, Doolittle. It is a great song, and it continues a proud tradition.

A Tex Avery-esque wolf whistle, schmaltzy sentiment and halfhearted innuendo make up the entirety of the song’s lyrical content. Musically, the song employs energetic drumming to contrast syrupy singing and breezy guitar work.

“La La Love You” is a bizarre, catchy song, which makes it the perfect heir to Surfer Rosa‘s tenth song, “Tony’s Theme“–another song that subverts genre expectations and melds a hummable tune with lyrics rendered bizarre by their simplicity. Both songs also immediately alert the listener to the musical genres being turned on their ear. In the case of “Tony’s Theme” the song is explicitly stated to be a superhero’s theme song, whereas the sappy crooning reminiscent of Kurt Cobain’s Morissey impression in “La La Love you” implies the targeted genre.

While this song has kindred spirits in the Pixies’ catalog, it is it’s an entirely unique, enjoyable listen.


Author: Ben Hohenstatt

I was born April 7, 1992. I'm a reporter in Alaska, and an alum of Auburn University. I am an avid fan of music, Chicago sports teams and pop culture in general.

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