7. 'Gouge Away'
Not a lot of listeners realized it at the time, but "Gouge Away" – the final track on Doolittle – is a retelling of the biblical story of Samson and Delilah. For those unfamiliar with the story, Delilah was a woman hired by the Philistines to find the source of Samson's great strength. In exchange for silver, she seduced him and discovered he drew his powers from his hair, which she cut while he slept. In the Pixies' version, she uses some marijuana to get the truth out of him. All of this barely matters, though. The song is the Pixies at their absolute finest, and the sugary vocals of Kim Deal have rarely contrasted so perfectly with the wild howls of Black Francis.