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On this day in music history: April 18, 1989 - “Doolittle”, the second album by Pixies is released. Produced by Gil Norton, it is recorded at Downtown Recorders in Boston, MA and Carriage House Studios in Stamford, CT from October 31 - November 23, 1988. Following the critical acclaim and underground buzz generated by their debut “Surfer Rosa”, the Pixies will return to the studio in the Fall of 1988 to work on their sophomore effort. The material while often dark and surreal in content is contrasted by cleaner production working with producer Gil Norton (Echo & The Bunnymen, Foo Fighters, Del Amitri), compared to Steve Albini’s trademark murky sound on their debut “Surfer Rosa”. It is an immediate favorite on Modern Rock radio spinning off the singles “Here Comes Your Man” and “Monkey Gone To Heaven”. Much like its predecessor, “Doolittle” will prove to have far reaching influence and popularity among alternative rock musicians and fans alike. “Doolittle” will peak at number ninety eight on the Billboard Top 200, and is certified Gold in the US by the RIAA.

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Born on this day: April 17, 1957 - Universal Zulu Nation founder, DJ and Hip Hop icon Afrika Bambaataa (born Kevin Donovan in The Bronx, NY). Happy 58th Birthday, Bam!!!