Supervision Recommended
Released 1989
Genre Alternative
Language English
Source Downloadable song
also on iPhone OS
also in Mobile version
Playable in
Rock Band
Rock Band 2
Rock Band 3
Rock Band Blitz
Rock Band iPhone
Band 1FcircleUFCirlceUFCirlceUFCirlceUFCirlce
Basic Pro
Guitar 3FcircleFcircleFcircleUFCirlceUFCirlce NoNo Part
Bass 3FcircleFcircleFcircleUFCirlceUFCirlce NoNo Part
Drums 4FcircleFcircleFcircleFcircleUFCirlce 4FcircleFcircleFcircleFcircleUFCirlce
Keys NoNo Part NoNo Part
Vocals 0UFCirlceUFCirlceUFCirlceUFCirlceUFCirlce 0UFCirlceUFCirlceUFCirlceUFCirlceUFCirlce
Difficulty (on iPhone OS)
Band 1FcircleUFCirlceUFCirlceUFCirlceUFCirlce
Guitar 3FcircleFcircleFcircleUFCirlceUFCirlce
Bass 3FcircleFcircleFcircleUFCirlceUFCirlce
Drums 4FcircleFcircleFcircleFcircleUFCirlce
Vocals 0UFCirlceUFCirlceUFCirlceUFCirlceUFCirlce
Male singer
Guitar Solo
Bass Solo
3-part Harmonies

"Debaser" is a song by Pixies which was inspired by the cruel and surrealistic movie Un Chien Andalou (An Andalusian Dog) by Spanish movie maker Luis Bunuel. The song is about the movie "debasing" morality in the art world. (thanks, Gert - Leuven, Belgium)

There is a scene in the movie where an eyeball is being sliced open, hence the line in the song. (thanks, christian - Seattle, WI)

Debaser has many features of a Nirvana song (opens with a bass solo, start/stop rhythms, lurching and noisy guitar solo, and loud/soft dynamics). This is because the Pixies were one of Kurt Cobain's main influences. Cobain said that when writing "Smells Like Teen Spirit" he was trying to imitate Debaser musically and lyrically. The guitar riff is even the same.