"Debaser" as written by and Charles Thompson....
Got me a movie I want you to know Slicing up eyeballs I want you to know Girlie so groovy I want you to know Don't know about you But I am un chien andalusia I am un chien andalusia I am un chien andalusia I am un chien andalusia Wanna grow up to be Be a debaser (Debaser) Debaser (Debaser) Debaser (Debaser) Debaser (Debaser) Debaser (Debaser) Debaser (Debaser) Got me a movie Ha ha ha ho Slicing up eyeballs Ha ha ha ho Girlie so groovie Ha ha ha ho Don't know about you But I am un chien andalusia I am un chien andalusia I am un chien andalusia I am un chien andalusia (Debaser) Debaser (Debaser) Debaser (Debaser) Debaser (Debaser) Debaser (Debaser) Debaser (Debaser) Debaser

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"Debaser" as written by Charles Thompson

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  • +5
    General CommentThe movie they are referring to in the song is Un Chien Andalou, by Salvador Dali and Luis Bunuel, 1929.


    It's very weird and had a big effect on the Pixies from what I've heard. Check out the movie sometime, even if it's just to realize that there were Marilyn Manson's in the 1920s, too.
    tichickon May 05, 2002   Link
  • +5
    General CommentThe meaning is fairly straightforward. It is about the film Un Chein Andelusia (which is a French surrealist film by Salvador Dali, et al). There's a scene where a man is "slicing up eyeballs" and there a scene where a girl dances ("girlie so groovie"). The film is really screwed up, you know those surrealists.

    Anyway - I think the song is really interesting in that it says that he IS the movie, "I am Un Chein Andelusia," and then he he wants to grow up to be a "debaser" (something with diminishes the quality of something).

    All this to say that, to me, it seems like he's saying this is a movie that is bringing down the quality of movies in general, and someday he hopes to be able to accomplish the same (to the music industry, perhaps?) Don't know - weird reading of the song, I know, take it for what you will.
    epochblueon April 21, 2004   Link
  • +3
    General CommentJust wanted to add, the part at the end, when Black Fancis is laughing like a mad man "Got Me a Movie / Ha Ha Ha Ho" is pretty cool, and original. It just adds rawness to a song that sounds so raw already. I've never seen the movie they are referring to, but its a teriffic opener to such a terrific CD. Really original and almost beyond words.
    xWaveOfMutilationxon June 06, 2002   Link
  • +3
    General CommentI don't believe Frank Black when he passes over this by saying that he watched the film twice!

    Debaser is a clear reference to Dali's desire to debase art of the day

    To me its always going to be about a mans desire to debase anything beautiful, the film is very much about the shame of sex and the juxterpossition of those opposing emotions. The appreciation of beauty and the violent amimalistic urges contained within a man.

    Also it sound pretty cool when my 3 year old sings it!
    Beefheart1977on January 13, 2013   Link
  • +2
    General CommentThis film was banned in England by the bbfc. I think Frank was having a pop at the whole film censors idea of seeing something on a film influencing you to replicate it in real life - funny as hell. He is merely saying that seeing this fucked up thing on screen makes me want to replicate it and be a debaser it’s sarcastic
    craiguson May 03, 2003   Link
  • +1
    General Commentbasically the movie is fucked up, and contains a scene in which a man sees a cloud in front of the moon and makes him slice a girls eyeball open. the whole film was made by a bunch of artists, trying to go against everything that made a film i.e. no script or proper actors or narrative. "un chien andalou" means an Andalousian dog...which from what i can see has nothing to do with anything really. a 'debaser' though is someone who acts solely to lower something, to degrade it. so i think the basis of the song is that after seeing a fucked up film, he wants to make everything else just as fucked up.

    anyways, that's what i think...
    xpankfrisston September 24, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General Commenttheir music has alot of suicidal or murderistc
    ideas atleast that's the impression i get every time i listen to this song and a couple other,yet you don't get this feeling when not listening to the lyrics cause the tune is everyday pop-rock tune of the 90's.
    does anyone think like me?
    still good song.
    eshtaryuson June 24, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General CommentHe just liked this movie.
    Eatcarpeton November 14, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis song...its just the best sub 3 minute song ever written.
    Ramagammaon January 02, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThe entire song is about Un Chien Andalou. However, I have to give you credit for being one of the first to spell it right. Right now, I am wearing a shirt, I am 100% serious, that says: Un Chien Andalou (large picture of pre-sliced eye) IT'S SURREAL. I am not kidding. I love this song. The Pixies inspired Nirvana AND Modest Mouse. This song, with the maniacal screaming and hysterical laughing in the second verse, reminds me much more of Modest Mouse.
    Bobbodianon January 30, 2005   Link

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