Written by Pixies frontman Black Francis when he was still a teenager, "Here Comes Your Man" was released as the second single from Doolittle in June of 1989. The song had poppy surf sensibilities and a more accessible tone than much of their previous work, but the vague, poetic lyrics about hobos and earthquakes bring it back into the Pixies' wheelhouse. There's enough quirky charm to offset the subject matter, though. There might be a dark world underneath the surface, but the casual listener can hear a happy, summery song.
The video, which you can watch above, is a sarcastic sendup of music videos in general. The canned nature of miming a performance for the camera gets turned on its head when Black Francis and Kim Deal decide to simply open their mouths without lip-syncing the words. The fisheye lens effect and constant motion add to the hydrocephalic weirdness of the whole affair, but -- like the song itself -- the band walked the line between bizarre and straight, underground and pop. Check it out.
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