Quote from Underwire:
Pixies: Come On Pilgrim, Surfer Rosa, Doolittle
Just as with The Velvet Underground, more bands (including Nirvana and Radiohead) were probably influenced by the Pixies than actually heard or saw the group during its ferociously productive heyday in the late ’80s and early ’90s. Those of us who did follow the Pixies around the country in those days were captivated by the brutal but beautiful music and art.
That graphically sonic merge was most capably illustrated on the Pixies’ EP Come On Pilgrim, full-length debut Surfer Rosa and crossover classic Doolittle, which featured deep and arty design and photography from Vaughan Oliver and Simon Larbalestier.
Like other stunning artwork produced for albums from the influential 4AD label, the imagery of the Pixies’ first three albums propelled alternative rock into the mainstream, where less talented bands like Nirvana built upon the group’s foundational artistry to achieve stratospheric fame. So-called alt-rock has sucked ever since.