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Encyclopedia > Crackity Jones
"Crackity Jones"
"Crackity Jones" cover
Song by Pixies
from the album Doolittle
Released April 17, 1989 (UK)
April 18, 1989 (US)
Recorded October 31November 23, 1988 at Downtown Recorders in Boston, Massachusetts
Genre Alternative rock, Indie rock
Length 1:24
Writer(s) Black Francis
Label 4AD (UK)
Elektra Records (US)
Producer(s) Gil Norton
Doolittle track listing
"Mr. Grieves"
(8)
"Crackity Jones"
(9)
"La La Love You"
(10)

"Crackity Jones" is an alternative rock song by the American band Pixies, written and sung by the band's frontman Black Francis for the band's 1989 album Doolittle. The song describes a crazed roommate and was inspired by Francis' stay in an apartment block with a "weirdo, psycho, gay roommate" in Puerto Rico as a student.[1] CD cover of Doolittle by the Pixies This is an album cover. ... A song is a relatively short musical composition for the human voice (possibly accompanied by other musical instruments), which features words (lyrics). ... The Pixies are an American alternative rock music group formed in Boston, Massachusetts in 1986. ... Doolittle is the Pixies second LP album, released in April 1989 through the 4AD label (green-brown cover). ... April 17 is the 107th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (108th in leap years). ... 1989 (MCMLXXXIX) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... April 18 is the 108th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (109th in leap years). ... 1989 (MCMLXXXIX) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... United States is the current Good Article Collaboration of the week! Please help to improve this article to the highest of standards. ... October 31 is the 304th day of the year (305th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 61 days remaining. ... November 23 is the 327th day of the year (328th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 38 days remaining. ... 1988 (MCMLXXXVIII) was a leap year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Nickname: City on a Hill, Beantown, The Hub of the Universe (The State House, according to Oliver Wendell Holmes, is the hub of the Solar System), Athens of America Location in Massachusetts Counties Suffolk County Mayor Thomas Menino (D) Area    - City 232. ... Official language(s) English Capital Boston Largest city Boston Area  Ranked 44th  - Total 10,555 sq mi (27,360 km²)  - Width 183 miles (295 km)  - Length 113 miles (182 km)  - % water 13. ... A music genre is a category (or genre) of pieces of music that share a certain style or basic musical language (van der Merwe 1989, p. ... The terms alternative rock and alternative music[1] (also simply called alternative) were coined in the 1980s to describe punk rock-inspired bands on independent record labels that didnt fit into the mainstream genres of the time. ... Indie rock is a subgenre of rock music often used to refer to bands that are on small independent record labels or that arent on labels at all. ... A songwriter is someone who writes the lyrics to songs, the musical composition or melody to songs, or both. ... Frank Black, also known as Black Francis (real name Charles Michael Kitridge Thompson IV, born April 6, 1965), is an American musician. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... This article is about the record label, not the year 4 British indie rock record label, 4AD, was started in 1979 by Ivo Watts-Russell and Peter Kent, funded by Beggars Banquet Records. ... Elektra Records is an American record label owned by Warner Music Group, and today operates under Atlantic Records Group. ... United States is the current Good Article Collaboration of the week! Please help to improve this article to the highest of standards. ... In the music industry, a record producer (or music producer) has many roles, among them controlling the recording sessions, coaching and guiding the performers, and supervising the recording, mixing and mastering processes. ... Gil Norton is a British record producer known for his work with such bands as Feeder, Counting Crows, Pixies, Terrorvision, Echo and the Bunnymen, Del Amitri, The Foo Fighters, James, The Feelers and Span. ... Doolittle is the Pixies second LP album, released in April 1989 through the 4AD label (green-brown cover). ... Doolittle is the Pixies second album, released on April 17, 1989 in the United Kingdom, and the next day in the United States. ... Doolittle is the Pixies second album, released on April 17, 1989 in the United Kingdom, and the next day in the United States. ... Pixies are an alternative rock music group. ... Frank Black, also known as Black Francis (real name Charles Michael Kitridge Thompson IV, born April 6, 1965), is an American musician. ... Doolittle is the Pixies second LP album, released in April 1989 through the 4AD label (green-brown cover). ... A roommate is a person with whom one shares a room or rooms. ...

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Background and lyrics

Francis was on a six-month trip to San Juan, Puerto Rico (the song's lyrics describe a "stinking island" that is "thirty miles by" and a "hundred miles" long) as an exchange student.[2] He found himself in a squalid high-rise apartment (describing it as a "crazy all-male dormitory"), waiting for his assigned roommate to show up. Francis later described meeting his roommate:[3] This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ...

   
Crackity Jones
He didn't show up for about a month. First thing he said to me, he had cut his finger or something, I had never even met him. It was like out of a David Lynch movie.
   
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Francis continued to live with the roommate, but the roommate's rants about Fred Flintstone[4] and the voices in his head tested Francis' patience, who returned to Boston after six months to start the Pixies with Joey Santiago. Image File history File links Cquote1. ... David Lynch at Cannes in 2001. ... Image File history File links Cquote2. ... Fred Flintstone. ... Joseph Alberto Santiago (born June 11, 1965) is a Filipino musician, guitarist for the Pixies and The Martinis. ...

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Melody

"Crackity Jones" is the fastest and shortest song on Doolittle, at an average 150 beats per minute,[3] and has a distinctly Spanish sound, with a G# and A triads over a C# pedal. The rhythm guitar, played by Francis, starts the song with an eighth-note downstroke (typical of punk rock music). Twenty-six seconds into the song, the second verse accelerates and the rest of the song continues at a similarly fast tempo. The song ends with Francis shouting "You're crazy!". Beats per minute (bpm) is a unit typically used as either a measure of tempo in music, or a measure of ones heart rate. ... For many people, Spanish music is virtually synonymous with flamenco, an Andalusian-Gipsy genre of music. ... The letter G is the seventh letter in the Latin alphabet. ... Rhythm guitar is a kind of guitar playing that provides accompaniment for a singer or other instruments. ... Punk rock is an anti-establishment music movement beginning around 1976 (although precursors can be found several years earlier), exemplified and popularised by The Ramones, the Sex Pistols, The Clash and The Damned. ... In musical terminology, tempo (Italian for time) is the speed or pace of a given piece. ...

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Notes

  1. ^ 4AD. Pixies Profile. Retrieved on 2006-08-13.
  2. ^ This was part of his university degree.
  3. ^ a b Sisario, 2006. p. 102
  4. ^ Francis translates "Fred Flintstone" incorrectly in the song — he sings "Paco Picopiedra", whereas the correct Spanish translation is "Pedro Picapiedra"
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2006 (MMVI) is a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... August 13 is the 225th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (226th in leap years), with 140 days remaining. ...

References

  • Sisario, Ben. Doolittle. Continuum, 2006 (33⅓ series). ISBN 0826417744.
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External links

  • "Crackity Jones" lyrics
Pixies
Black Francis | Kim Deal | Joey Santiago | David Lovering
Discography
Studio albums and EPs: Come on Pilgrim (EP) | Surfer Rosa | Doolittle | Bossanova | Trompe le Monde

Pixies at the BBC | Complete 'B' Sides | Pixies (The Purple Tape) The Pixies are an American alternative rock music group formed in Boston, Massachusetts in 1986. ... This article is about the contemporary musician. ... Kim Deal Kim Deal (born Kimberly Ann Deal on June 10, 1961) is an American musician known for her work in the seminal alternative rock bands Pixies and The Breeders. ... Joseph Alberto Santiago (born June 11, 1965) is a Filipino musician, guitarist for the Pixies and The Martinis. ... David Lovering was a drummer for the Pixies from 1986 through 1993. ... // Studio albums Compilations and tributes Tributes to the Pixies Singles Categories: | ... An extended play (or EP), is typically the name given to vinyl records or CDs which are too long to be called singles but too short to qualify as albums. ... Come On Pilgrim was the Pixies first release, issued in October of 1987. ... Surfer Rosa is the Pixies first full-length album, released in February 1988, released by 4AD Records. ... Doolittle is the Pixies second LP album, released in April 1989 through the 4AD label (green-brown cover). ... This article is about an album by the Pixies. ... Trompe le Monde is the Pixies fourth and final full-length studio album, released in October, 1991 through the 4AD record label. ... Pixies at the BBC is a complitation of live BBC radio sessions by the alternative rock band, the Pixies. ... Complete B Sides is a compilation record by the Pixies. ... The Purple Tape is the name given by fans to the Pixies original 17-track demo tape, recorded at Fort Apache in March 1987 by Gary Smith, due, quite simply, to its mostly purple appearance. ...

Singles: "Gigantic" | "Monkey Gone to Heaven" | "Here Comes Your Man" | "Velouria" | "Dig for Fire" | "Planet of Sound" | "Alec Eiffel" | "Head On" | "Debaser" | "Bam Thwok"
Compilation Albums: Death to the Pixies | Wave of Mutilation: Best of Pixies
Related bands
The Breeders | Frank Black and the Catholics | The Amps | The Martinis
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