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The Pixies

The Pixies, pictured early in their career — Black Francis, Kim Deal, David Lovering, and Joey Santiago.
Background information
Origin Boston, Massachusetts, USA
Genre(s) Alternative rock
Years active 1985–1993
2004–2007
Label(s) 4AD, Elektra, Spin Art, Artemis
Associated acts The Breeders, Frank Black and the Catholics, The Amps, The Martinis
Website www.4ad.com/pixies/
Members
Black Francis
Kim Deal
David Lovering
Joey Santiago

The Pixies[1] are an American alternative rock band formed in Boston, Massachusetts in 1985.[2] The band disbanded in 1993 under acrimonious circumstances but reunited in 2004. Black Francis, Joey Santiago, Kim Deal, and David Lovering have been the band's continual members. The Pixies found only modest success in their home country, but were significantly more successful in the United Kingdom and elsewhere in Europe, although never achieving mainstream success with their studio albums.[3] Pixies This is a copyrighted promotional photo with a known source. ... Boston redirects here. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Alternative music redirects here. ... In the music industry, a record label can be a brand and a trademark associated with the marketing of music recordings and music videos. ... This article is about the record label 4AD. For the year, see 4. ... Elektra Records is an American record label owned by Warner Music Group, and today operates under Atlantic Records Group. ... spinART Records is a popular independent record label based in New York. ... Artemis Records is a New York-based independent record label, founded in July 1999, by current chairman/CEO Danny Goldberg. ... The Breeders are an American rock band, formed in 1977 as a folk rock duo featuring twin sisters Kim and Kelley Deal of Dayton, Ohio which played country covers at truck stops and bars and dissipated in the early 80s, only to be revived as a side project in... For other persons named Frank Black, see Frank Black (disambiguation). ... The Amps are an indie-rock band from Dayton, Ohio. ... The Martinis are a rock band consisting of Pixies guitarist Joey Santiago and his wife Linda Mallari along with drummer Dawn Richardson and bassist Rachel Haden. ... Frank Black, also known as Black Francis (real name Charles Michael Kitridge Thompson IV, born April 6, 1965), is an American musician. ... Kim Deal (born June 10, 1961 as Kimberly Ann Deal) is an American singer, songwriter, guitarist, and bassist. ... David Lovering was a drummer for the Pixies from 1986 through 1993. ... Joseph Alberto Santiago (born June 11, 1965) is a Filipino-American musician. ... Alternative music redirects here. ... In music, a band is a company of musicians, or musical ensemble, usually popular or folk, playing parts of or improvising a musical arrangement on different musical instruments. ... Boston redirects here. ... For other persons named Frank Black, see Frank Black (disambiguation). ... Joseph Alberto Santiago (born June 11, 1965) is a Filipino-American musician. ... Kim Deal (born June 10, 1961 as Kimberly Ann Deal) is an American singer, songwriter, guitarist, and bassist. ... David Lovering was a drummer for the Pixies from 1986 through 1993. ... For other uses, see Europe (disambiguation). ...


The Pixies' music was heavily influenced by punk and surf rock, and while highly melodic, was capable of being tremendously abrasive at the same time. Francis was the band's primary songwriter and singer and had a distinctly desperate, yowling delivery. He typically wrote cryptic songs about offbeat subjects, such as UFOs and surrealism. References to mental instability, violent Biblical imagery, physical injury, and incest feature in many of the band's songs. Punk rock is an anti-establishment music movement beginning around 1976 (although precursors can be found several years earlier), exemplified and popularised by The Ramones, the Sex Pistols, The Clash and The Damned. ... In the early 1960s, one of the most popular forms of rock and roll was surf rock. ... A songwriter is someone who writes the lyrics to songs, the musical composition or melody to songs, or both. ... UFO redirects here. ... Max Ernst. ... For other uses, see Bible (disambiguation). ... Incest is defined as sexual relations between closely related persons (often within the immediate family) such that it is either illegal or socially taboo. ...


The group is frequently posited as the immediate forebearer of the alternative rock boom of the 1990s, though they disbanded before reaping any of the benefits this might have brought them.[4][5] Avowed fan Kurt Cobain's acknowledgement of the debt Nirvana owed to the Pixies,[6] along with similar tributes by other alternative bands, ensured that the Pixies' legacy and influence grew substantially in the years following their demise.[7][8] Kurt Donald Cobain (February 20, 1967 – c. ... This article is about the American grunge band. ...

Contents

History

Formation

The Pixies' history began when undergraduates Joey Santiago and Black Francis (born Charles Thompson IV) shared a room at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.[9] Santiago soon introduced Francis to the music of David Bowie and 1970s punk rock, and the pair began to jam together.[10] Francis then embarked on a student exchange trip to San Juan, Puerto Rico, but upon arriving struggled to grasp the Spanish language.[11] After spending six months in an apartment with a "weirdo, psycho, gay roommate",[12] he returned to Boston and dropped out of the university.[10][13] The two spent 1984 working in a warehouse, with Francis composing songs on his acoustic guitar and writing lyrics on the subway train.[14] The University of Massachusetts Amherst (otherwise known as UMass Amherst Massachusetts or UMass) is a research and land-grant university in Amherst, Mass. ... David Bowie (pronounced ) (born David Robert Jones on 8 January 1947) is an English musician, actor, producer, arranger, and audio engineer. ... Punk rock is an anti-establishment music movement beginning around 1976 (although precursors can be found several years earlier), exemplified and popularised by The Ramones, the Sex Pistols, The Clash and The Damned. ... For other uses, see San Juan. ... This article is about the international language known as Spanish. ...


The pair formed a band in January 1985. Bassist Kim Deal joined Santiago and Francis two weeks later[15] after responding to a classified advertisement Francis had placed, seeking a female bassist who liked both folk music icons Peter, Paul and Mary and the hardcore punk band Hüsker Dü.[16] Deal was the only person to respond, but arrived at the audition without a bass guitar as she had never played the instrument before.[17][18] She claimed her twin sister Kelley Deal had a bass back in Dayton and that she had no money to get it. Francis lent her $50 for the airfare and Deal returned with the bass guitar.[19] The trio started rehearsing in late 1985 in Deal's apartment, "because the old lady upstairs couldn't hear."[20] Folk song redirects here. ... The trio Peter, Paul and Mary (often PP&M) is a musical group from the United States; they were one of the most successful folk-singing groups of the 1960s. ... Hardcore Punk is a subgenre of Punk Rock that originated in North America in the late 1970s. ... This article is about the rock band called Hüsker Dü. For other uses, see Husker Du. ... A sunburst-colored Fender Precision Bass The electric bass guitar (or electric bass[1][2]; pronounced , as in base) is a bass stringed instrument played primarily with the fingers (either by plucking, slapping, popping, or tapping) or using a pick. ... Kelley Deal is the identical twin sister of musician Kim Deal and is lead guitarist of The Breeders. ...


After recruiting Kim Deal, the band tried to get Kelley to join the band on drums unsuccessfully.[21] Kim's husband suggested they hire drummer David Lovering, whom Kim had met at her wedding reception.[22][23] They arrived at a name after Santiago selected the word randomly from a dictionary and took a liking to the definition, "mischievous little elves".[10] The group was originally named "Pixies In Panoply" ("Things on Fire" was considered),[24] but soon shortened it to "Pixies".[25][26] Once the band had settled on a name and stable line-up, they moved rehearsals to Lovering's parents' garage in the summer of 1986.[27][28] Their first show—named as "possibly the worst gig in the history of rock" by the band—took place at the The Rathskeller, Boston, where they performed early versions of "Here Comes Your Man", "Dig for Fire", and "Build High".[10] For alternate meanings, see Lightning (disambiguation). ... The Rathskellar (known as The Rat for short) was a Kenmore Square live music venue in Boston, Massachusetts that opened in 1974. ... Doolittle track listing Here Comes Your Man is a song by the American alternative rock band Pixies, and is the fifth track on their 1989 album Doolittle. ... Dig for Fire is an alternative rock song by the Pixies from their 1990 album Bossanova, and also a single released in October 1990 off that album. ...


Record contract and Come on Pilgrim

While the Pixies were playing a concert with Throwing Muses, they were noticed by producer Gary Smith (Fort Apache Studios). He told the band he "could not sleep until you guys are world famous."[10] The band produced an 18 track demo at Fort Apache soon afterwards, known to fans as "The Purple Tape" because of the tape cover's purple background. The recording was funded by Francis' father at the cost of $1000 and took three days to record.[29] The tape was released exclusively as a demo to interested parties, including Ivo Watts-Russell at 4AD and local promoter Ken Goes, who became the band's manager.[10] Watts-Russell nearly passed on the band, finding them too normal, "too rock 'n' roll", but signed them at the persuasion of his girlfriend.[30][31] An early band formation (left to right): Narcizo, Hersh, Donelly, and Langston. ... Gary Smith is an entrepreneur, record producer, and artists manager known for his work recording albums by alternative rock musicians since the mid-1980s at Fort Apache Studios. ... Fort Apache Studios is a New England recording studio internationally renowned for alternative rock sessions produced there since 1986. ... The Purple Tape is the name given by fans to the Pixies original 17-track demo tape, recorded at Fort Apache in March 1987 by Gary Smith, due, quite simply, to its mostly purple appearance. ... The Compact Cassette, often referred to as audio cassette, cassette tape, cassette, or simply tape, is a magnetic tape sound recording format. ... Ivo Watts-Russell is the founder and president of the legendary English indie record label 4AD. He has also produced several records, himself preferring to use the term musical director to explain his role in the creation. ... This article is about the record label 4AD. For the year, see 4. ...


Upon signing with 4AD (the band later claimed they were "the coolest record company to pay on time"),[10] eight tracks from the Purple Tape were selected for the Come on Pilgrim EP, the band's first release. The title was a lyric in the song "Levitate Me", which came from a catchphrase used by '70s Christian rock pioneer Larry Norman during his live concerts: "Come on Pilgrim, you know He loves you"[10]—Francis once saw Norman at a Christian summer camp.[26] Black Francis would later record one of Norman's songs during his solo career as Frank Black, plus share one concert stage with Norman. Come on Pilgrim is the debut release from the American alternative rock band Pixies, released on the British independent record label 4AD in October 1987. ... Larry David Norman (born April 8, 1947 in Corpus Christi, Texas) is an American singer-songwriter considered the forefather of Contemporary Christian Music, an attribution which he denies. ... Summer camp is a supervised program for children and/or teenagers conducted (usually) during the summer months in some countries. ...


In the EP, Francis drew upon his experiences in Puerto Rico, mostly in the songs "Vamos" and "Isla de Encanta"; the album included lyrics describing the poverty in Puerto Rico. The religious lyrics in Come on Pilgrim and later albums came from his born-again Christian days in the Pentecostal Church. Born again is a term used originally and mainly in Christianity, where it is associated with salvation, conversion and spiritual rebirth. ...


Come on Pilgrim showcased much of the Pixies' variety and set up the beginnings of many trends in their music. It includes two songs partly sung in Spanish ("Vamos" and "Isla de Encanta") and two songs that explicitly mention incest—"Nimrod's Son" and "The Holiday Song" (sample ). "I've Been Tired" refers metaphorically to sex and rock and roll culture and features a weird sense of humour, and there are three songs with religious references ("Caribou", "Nimrod's Son", and "The Holiday Song"). Beyond lyrical trends, Come on Pilgrim displayed Santiago's erratic leads (as best displayed in "Vamos"), Kim Deal's sweet harmonies (the then-married Deal used the pseudonym "Mrs. John Murphy" on the first few Pixies records, as an ironic feminist joke), and Black Francis's amazing vocal range, from screaming to simple, traditional sung melodies.[32] HolidaySong. ... Ive Been Tired is an song by the American alternative rock band Pixies, written and sung by the bands frontman Black Francis for the unreleased Purple Tape. ... Rock and roll (also spelled Rock n Roll, especially in its first decade), also called rock, is a form of popular music, usually featuring vocals (often with vocal harmony), electric guitars and a strong back beat; other instruments, such as the saxophone, are common in some styles. ... For other uses, see Alias. ... Human voices may be classified according to their vocal range — the highest and lowest pitches that they can produce. ...


Surfer Rosa and Doolittle

Come on Pilgrim was followed by the band's first full-length album, Surfer Rosa. The album was recorded by Steve Albini (who was hired by Watts-Russell on the advice of a 4AD colleague),[33] completed in a fortnight, and released in early 1988. Albini later became notable for recording Nirvana's In Utero at the request of Kurt Cobain, who had cited Surfer Rosa as one of his main musical influences, and particularly admired the album's natural and powerful drum sounds—a result of Albini's influence on the record.[34] Surfer Rosa gained the Pixies acclaim throughout the musical world; both Melody Maker and Sounds gave Surfer Rosa their "Album of the Year" award.[10] The success of Surfer Rosa would lead to the band signing an American distribution deal with major record label Elektra before the release of their next album. Surfer Rosa is the debut album by the American alternative rock band Pixies, released in March 1988 on the British independent record label 4AD.[2] The albums unusual and offbeat subject matter includes references to mutilation and voyeurism; this is augmented by experimental recording, low-fidelity production and a... Steve Albini (born July 22, 1962, Pasadena, California) is a singer, songwriter, guitarist, audio engineer and music journalist. ... This article is about the American grunge band. ... In Utero is the third and final studio album by the American grunge band Nirvana, released on September 21, 1993 by DGC Records. ... This article is about the music newspaper. ... Sounds was a British music paper, published weekly from October 10, 1970 – April 6, 1991. ... Elektra Records is an American record label owned by Warner Music Group, and today operates under Atlantic Records Group. ...


As with Come on Pilgrim, the band delivered a wide range of song styles. However, sonically and thematically, Surfer Rosa was similar to Come on Pilgrim—from the drum-driven "Bone Machine", that showed a trademark propensity for surreal lyrics,[35] to pop guitar songs such as "Broken Face",[36] "Break My Body", and "Brick is Red". The band included heavier material, such as "Something Against You", with Black Francis' distorted screaming a prominent feature in the song, and Q Magazine later named Surfer Rosa as one of the 50 Heaviest Albums of All Time.[37] A re-recorded version of "Vamos"—a song that appeared on Come on Pilgrim—appears on the album. The track, "You Fuckin' Die! (I Said)" (referred to as "Bonus Track" or "Untitled" on most versions of the CD) that appears toward the end of the album is actually an accidental studio recording of Francis and Deal talking amicably and joking, and despite the title of the song, there is none of the tension present between the two that would later drive the band apart. Q is a music and entertainment magazinepublished monthly in the United Kingdom. ...


Surfer Rosa featured popular songs such as "Gigantic"—their first single and one of the few songs on which bassist Kim Deal sang lead vocals[38]—"River Euphrates", and "Where Is My Mind?" (sample ), whose most famous performance was at the end of the film Fight Club, and, as a result is one of their best-known songs to date. Gigantic is a famous song by The Pixies, released as a single from their first full album Surfer Rosa. ... Where Is My Mind? is a song by the American alternative rock band Pixies. ... Image File history File links WhereIsMyMind. ... Fight Club is a 1999 American feature film adaptation of the 1996 novel of the same name by Chuck Palahniuk, adapted by Jim Uhls and directed by David Fincher. ...


After their critically acclaimed album, the band arrived in England to support Throwing Muses on the European "Sex and Death" tour—beginning at the Mean Fiddler in London.[39] The tour also took them to the Netherlands, where the Pixies had already received enough media attention to be headlining the tour. Francis later recalled: "The first place I made it with the Pixies was in Holland."[40] The setlist included new songs such as "In Heaven", "Hey", and "Wild Honey Pie", and the tour became notable for the band's in-jokes, such as playing their entire set list in alphabetical order.[4] The aforementioned songs were recorded in a Peel session in July at the BBC and they soon made a second trip to the studios; choosing "Dead", "Tame", "There Goes My Gun", and "Manta Ray" to be recorded. In total, the band recorded six Peel sessions and released an album, Pixies at the BBC, with selected recorded tracks from those sessions.[41] For other uses, see England (disambiguation). ... Mean Fiddler is a United Kingdom music promoter and owner of venues. ... This article is about the capital of England and the United Kingdom. ... Motto: Je Maintiendrai (Dutch: Ik zal handhaven, English: I Shall Uphold) Anthem: Wilhelmus van Nassouwe Capital Amsterdam1 Largest city Amsterdam Official language(s) Dutch2 Government Parliamentary democracy Constitutional monarchy  - Queen Beatrix  - Prime minister Jan Peter Balkenende Independence Eighty Years War   - Declared July 26, 1581   - Recognised January 30, 1648 (by Spain... This article is about a region in the Netherlands. ... An in joke is a joke whose humour is clear only to those people who are in a group that has some prior knowledge (not known by the whole population) that makes the joke humorous. ... Set List by The Frames was recorded live in Dublin in November 2002. ... John Peel John Robert Parker Ravenscroft, OBE (30 August 1939 – 25 October 2004), known professionally as John Peel, was a British disc jockey and radio presenter. ... Pixies at the BBC is a complitation of live BBC radio sessions by the alternative rock band, the Pixies. ...


Around this time, the Pixies struck up a relationship with the British producer, Gil Norton. Norton was to produce their second full album, Doolittle (provisionally titled Whore),[10] which was recorded in the last six weeks of 1988 and seen as a departure from the raw sound of Come on Pilgrim and Surfer Rosa. Doolittle had a much cleaner sound, largely due to Norton and the production budget of US$40,000, which was quadruple that of Surfer Rosa.[42] Much of the album's subject matter remained similar to the previous two albums; several song titles seemed to evoke images of bloodshed and mutilation, such as "I Bleed", "Wave of Mutilation", and "Gouge Away". Gil Norton is a British record producer known for his work with such bands as Feeder, Counting Crows, Pixies, Terrorvision, Echo and the Bunnymen, The Triffids, Del Amitri, Foo Fighters, Jimmy Eat World, James, The Feelers, Dashboard Confessional and Span. ... Doolittle is the second studio album from the American alternative rock band Pixies, released in April 1989 on 4AD. The albums offbeat and dark subject material, featuring references to surrealism, Biblical violence, torture and death, contrasts with the clean production sound achieved by the then newly hired producer Gil... USD redirects here. ...


Doolittle began with "Debaser" (sample ), an ode to the 1929 surrealist Luis Buñuel and Salvador Dalí film Un chien andalou. "Debaser" is perhaps their most highly regarded song; in March 2005, Q magazine placed the song at number 21 in its list of the 100 Greatest Guitar Tracks. Doolittle featured the prominent single "Here Comes Your Man"; an unusually jaunty and poppy song for the band.[43] It nearly landed the band a mimed appearance on the TV chat show Wogan, which was mocked in the video to the song.[44][45] "Monkey Gone to Heaven", the only Pixies song with a string section, was a Top 10 modern rock radio hit in the US, reached the Top 100 in the UK and still receives regular radio play. Deal's only songwriting contribution to the album was the song "Silver" (co-written with Francis), on which Deal played slide guitar and Lovering played the bass guitar.[46] Lovering sang lead vocals on "La La Love You", an atypical love song from the band. Debaser is a song by the alternative rock band Pixies. ... Image File history File links Debaser. ... Surrealism is an artistic movement and an aesthetic philosophy that aims for the liberation of the mind by emphasizing the critical and imaginative powers of the subconscious. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Salvador Domingo Felipe Jacinto Dalí i Domènech, 1st Marquis of Púbol (May 11, 1904 – January 23, 1989), was a Spanish surrealist painter of Catalan descent born in Figueres, Catalonia (Spain). ... Un Chien Andalou (English: An Andalusian Dog) is a 16-minute[1] surrealist film made in France in 1928 by Spanish writer/directors Luis Buñuel and Salvador Dalí, and released in 1929 in Paris. ... Q is a music and entertainment magazinepublished monthly in the United Kingdom. ... Doolittle track listing Here Comes Your Man is a song by the American alternative rock band Pixies, and is the fifth track on their 1989 album Doolittle. ... A talk show (U.S.) or chat show (Brit. ... Wogan was a chat show on British television, hosted by Terry Wogan. ... Monkey Gone to Heaven is a alternative rock song by the Pixies, and the first single from their 1989 album Doolittle. ... Modern rock is term commonly used to describe a rock music format found on American commercial radio. ... For the technique, see Slide (guitar technique). ... A sunburst-colored Fender Precision Bass The electric bass guitar (or electric bass[1][2]; pronounced , as in base) is a bass stringed instrument played primarily with the fingers (either by plucking, slapping, popping, or tapping) or using a pick. ...


Like Surfer Rosa, Doolittle was acclaimed by fans and music critics alike, and it is perhaps their best-selling record; it was certified gold by the RIAA on November 10, 1995. In 2003, the album was ranked number 226 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.[47] It also placed on Q Magazine's 100 Greatest Albums Ever.[37] A music critic is someone who reviews music (including printed music, performances and recorded music) and publishes writing on them in books or journals (or on the internet). ... “Golden record” redirects here. ... The RIAA Logo. ... This article is about the magazine. ... Rolling Stones 500 Greatest Albums of All Time, Magazine Cover, November 2003. ...


Hiatus

It was after Doolittle that tensions between Deal and Francis came to a head (for example, Francis threw a guitar at Deal during a concert in Stuttgart),[48] and Deal was almost fired from the band. Santiago, in an interview to Mojo, explained:[49] Mojo is a popular music magazine published monthly in the United Kingdom. ...

Kim was headstrong and wanted to include her own songs, to explore her own world. The way I think Charles [Black Francis] saw it, the band made pizzas, not cookies. Before we made Bossanova, we were even going to fire her, after a gig in Frankfurt, where we found her hanging out in her hotel room, with no intention of playing. But our lawyer convinced us to try and work it out, to give her a warning or something. You know, I blocked that incident out of my head, that was too heavy for me. Kim couldn't believe I'd be party to it but I told her, she didn't seem happy, so why hang around? In the end, Kim realised it was Charles's bag, that he was the singer, but they kinda stopped talking after that.

During the post-Doolittle "Fuck or Fight" tour of the United States, intended to promote the release of the album, the band's hectic schedule took its toll on the band members; the Pixies had released three albums in two years, as well as constant touring. Near the end of the 1989 tour, during their homecoming Boston concert, Deal was in a drunken state, and Santiago smashed up his instruments and stormed off-stage. After the tour's final date in New York, the band was too exhausted to attend the end-of-tour party the following night and soon announced a hiatus.[4] This article is about the state. ...


During this time, Santiago travelled to the Grand Canyon to "find himself", and Lovering jetted off to Jamaica. Francis bought a yellow Cadillac and crossed America with his girlfriend (due to an aversion to flying), and while doing so performed solo gigs in order to raise money for furniture in his new Los Angeles apartment. Deal formed a new band, The Breeders, named after a band she had formed with her sister as a teenager, with Tanya Donelly of Throwing Muses and bassist Josephine Wiggs of Perfect Disaster. Their debut album, Pod, was released later that year.[50] This article is about the canyon in the southwestern United States. ... For other uses, see Cadillac (disambiguation). ... Flag Seal Nickname: City of Angels Location Location within Los Angeles County in the state of California Coordinates , Government State County California Los Angeles County Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa (D) Geographical characteristics Area     City 1,290. ... The Breeders are an American rock band, formed in 1977 as a folk rock duo featuring twin sisters Kim and Kelley Deal of Dayton, Ohio which played country covers at truck stops and bars and dissipated in the early 80s, only to be revived as a side project in... Tanya Donelly (born July 14, 1966, in Newport, Rhode Island) is an American Grammy-nominated singer songwriter and guitarist based in New England who co-founded Throwing Muses with her stepsister Kristin Hersh. ... An early band formation (left to right): Narcizo, Hersh, Donelly, and Langston. ... Josephine Wiggs is an indie/alternative rock musician, noted for parts in Perfect Disaster, The Breeders, and her own project The Josephine Wiggs Experience. ... Pod is the debut album by the Breeders. ...


Bossanova and Trompe le Monde

After Doolittle, Francis began to limit Deal's contributions to the band and assert more control over the Pixies' output; the first three records had been partly written by Deal, but when Bossanova was released in 1990, all the original songs were by him. Deal was not pleased, and unilaterally announced an apparent break-up of the band on-stage during the following tour. The Pixies were at the height of their popularity, however, and while headlining at the Reading Festival in 1990, they played a highly enthusiastic version of "Debaser" which has become legendary among fans. Bossanova was the Pixies third studio album, released in 1990 through 4AD Records. ... The Reading and Leeds Festivals are a pair of annual music festivals that take place in Reading and Leeds in England. ... Debaser is a song by the alternative rock band Pixies. ...


Perhaps owing to Deal's lack of input, the subject matter changed from earlier albums, to a more sci-fi, surreal focus on UFOs and alien abduction.[citation needed] The musical style of the album was inspired by surf-rock, as Bossanova started with a cover of "Cecilia Ann" by The Surftones. In general, the style of music in Bossanova was a departure from previous albums. For example, songs such as "Havalina" and "Ana" showed a dreamy side to the band, and Francis' vocals were notably more tuneful (although on "Rock Music", he displayed his trademark screaming). "Dig For Fire" was, according to Francis,[51] a Talking Heads tribute. The lead guitar of Santiago was less prominent, with none of the wilder solos that were present in Come on Pilgrim or Surfer Rosa. The track "Allison" was a tribute to one of Francis' musical heroes Mose Allison (an American jazz and blues artist). The track references space and the universe – ideas commonly explored in Mose's work. Sci-fi is an abbreviation for science fiction. ... Max Ernst. ... For other uses of related terms, see abduction. ... Surf rock is a style of music that originated in the USA that mixes elements of surf music and rock music. ... Bossanova was the Pixies third studio album, released in 1990 through 4AD Records. ... The Talking Heads was an American rock band formed in 1974 in New York City and active until 1991. ... Allison is an alternative rock single released by the American band Pixies, written and sung by the bands frontman Black Francis for the bands 1990 album Bossanova. ... Mose John Allison, Jr. ... For other uses, see Jazz (disambiguation). ... Blues music redirects here. ...


The band continued to tour, and, break-up announcements notwithstanding, one more album was to follow. Trompe le Monde, released in 1991, still featured little creative input from Deal and was not as immediately well regarded as their first few albums. Before its release, it was rumoured the album drew inspiration from heavy metal,[52] and the band's pre-album release of "Planet of Sound", a heavier song than their usual output, did not quell the rumors. Trompe le Monde is the Pixies fourth and final full-length studio album, released on October 7, 1991 through the 4AD record label. ... Heavy metals, in chemistry, are chemical elements of a particular range of atomic weights. ... Planet of Sound is a alternative rock song by the Pixies from their 1991 album Trompe le Monde, the first single to be released from that album. ...


In the end, Trompe Le Monde expanded on the UFO and sci-fi themes (including a song on space travel, "Planet of Sound" and "Motorway to Roswell" about an alien vacation gone bad).[53] Songs such as "Bird Dream of the Olympus Mons" and "Lovely Day" were written in a similar style to songs on Bossanova (such as "Havalina"). The album saw the band move in a more popular direction with songs as "Palace of the Brine" and "Trompe Le Monde". The songs "U-Mass" (sample ) and "Alec Eiffel" included the keyboardist Eric Drew Feldman—a move unthinkable in the band's Come on Pilgrim and Surfer Rosa days. The album also featured a cover of "Head On" by The Jesus and Mary Chain. Trompe Le Monde was to be the Pixies' last studio album before their breakup. ISS in earth orbit. ... Planet of Sound is a alternative rock song by the Pixies from their 1991 album Trompe le Monde, the first single to be released from that album. ... Image File history File links PixiesUMass. ... Eric Drew Feldman is an American keyboard and bass guitar player. ... The Jesus and Mary Chain are a Scottish alternative rock band that revolves around the songwriting partnership of brothers Jim and William Reid. ...


Following the release of Trompe Le Monde, the band contributed a cover of "I Can't Forget" to the Leonard Cohen tribute album I'm Your Fan and went on a sellout winter tour of the USA, culminating on a TV appearance on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson. They then embarked on an uncomfortable tour supporting fans U2 (on their Zoo TV tour) in 1992. However, tensions rose between band members, and, at the end of the year, the Pixies went on sabbatical and focused on separate projects.[54] Leonard Norman Cohen, CC, (born September 21, 1934 in Westmount, Quebec) is a Canadian singer-songwriter, poet and novelist. ... A tribute album is a recorded collection of cover versions of a specific artists songs. ... Im Your Fan is a tribute album to Leonard Cohen, released in 1991 on the British record label EastWest Records. ... The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson was a late-night talk show hosted by Johnny Carson under the Tonight Show franchise from 1962 to 1992. ... This article is about the Irish rock band. ... Zoo TV was a massive, elaborate, innovative, postmodern, multifaceted and multimedia, and very commercially successful world concert tour by the rock band U2 that took place in arenas and stadiums during 1992 and 1993. ...


In early 1993, Francis announced in an interview to BBC Radio 5 that the band was finished and offered no explanation at the time, unbeknownst to the other members of the band.[55] He later telephoned Santiago and subsequently notified Deal and Lovering via fax, in January 1993.[56] Francis later regretted breaking up the band in that fashion, as he did not allow the rest of the band an opportunity to discuss the move.[57] BBC Radio Five Live is the radio service providing live BBC News, phone-ins, and sports commentaries. ... For other uses, see Fax (disambiguation). ...


After the breakup

Black Francis renamed himself Frank Black, and released three solo albums. He then went on to form a band with Scott Boutier, Eric Drew Feldman, Rich Gilbert, David McCaffrey, and Dave Phillips called Frank Black and the Catholics, who released six albums with a more stripped down, country tinge than Black's solo work. In 2005, Black released his fourth solo album, Honeycomb, featuring a mellow, rhythm and blues-styled approach and backing from seasoned Nashville musicians. He released a further double album from the same sessions, Fastman Raiderman, on July 19, 2006. For other persons named Frank Black, see Frank Black (disambiguation). ... Frank Black Frank Black, also known by the stage name Black Francis (real name Charles Michael Kitridge Thompson IV, born April 6, 1965 in Boston), is an American musician. ... Honeycomb is an album by Frank Black which was released in 2005 by Back Porch Records. ... R&B redirects here. ... For other cities named Nashville, see Nashville (disambiguation). ... A double album is an audio album of sufficient length that two units of the medium in which it is sold (especially records and compact discs) are necessary to contain the entirety of it. ... The introduction to this article provides insufficient context for those unfamiliar with the subject matter. ...


Deal returned to The Breeders and scored a hit with "Cannonball" from that group's platinum-selling Last Splash in 1993. However, for several years they struggled to produce another album, mainly due to her sister and fellow band member, Kelley Deal, and her struggles with heroin. While on hiatus from the Breeders, Deal formed and recorded with The Amps, who released their only album Pacer in 1995.[58] [59] A new Breeders album, Title TK, finally appeared in 2002, with only Kim and Kelley remaining from the previous Breeders lineup. The Breeders are an American rock band, formed in 1977 as a folk rock duo featuring twin sisters Kim and Kelley Deal of Dayton, Ohio which played country covers at truck stops and bars and dissipated in the early 80s, only to be revived as a side project in... Cannonball was the first single from The Breederss 1993 album Last Splash. ... Last Splash is the second album by indie rock band The Breeders, released August 31, 1993 (see 1993 in music). ... Kelley Deal is the identical twin sister of musician Kim Deal and is lead guitarist of The Breeders. ... Heroin (INN: diacetylmorphine, BAN: diamorphine) is a semi-synthetic opioid synthesized from morphine, a derivative of the opium poppy. ... The Amps are an indie-rock band from Dayton, Ohio. ... Pacer was The Amps only LP. It was released on October 31, 1995. ... Title TK (journalistic short hand for title to come) is the latest album from the rock band The Breeders, released in 2002 and engineered by Steve Albini, who also engineered The Breeders debut album Pod. ...


Lovering went on to become a magician and make occasional appearances as "The Scientific Phenomenalist", performing experiments on stage and occasionally opening for Frank Black and The Breeders.[60] Lovering continued to drum, playing on one of Tanya Donelly's solo albums. Santiago played lead guitar on one of Frank Black's solo albums, and on other albums such as Statecraft, by indie-rock musician Charles Douglas.[61] Santiago also wrote theme music for Fox television, and formed a band called The Martinis with his wife, Linda Mallari. They released their debut album, Smitten, in 2004.[62] The Scientific Phenomenalist is the nickname used by David Lovering, the drummer in the legendary band, The Pixies, when he performs science based magic live. ... Tanya Donelly (born July 14, 1966, in Newport, Rhode Island) is an American Grammy-nominated singer songwriter and guitarist based in New England who co-founded Throwing Muses with her stepsister Kristin Hersh. ... Born in 1977, Alex McAulay is the author of Bad Girls, which was released in June 2005 by MTV/Pocket Books, and is soon to become a film from MTV/Paramount. ... FOX redirects here. ... The Martinis are a rock band consisting of Pixies guitarist Joey Santiago and his wife Linda Mallari along with drummer Dawn Richardson and bassist Rachel Haden. ... Linda Mallari is the singer in The Martinis, a band she formed with her husband Joey Santiago, the guitarist from the Pixies. ...


After the band broke up, 4AD and Elektra Records released compilation albums such as Death to the Pixies and Complete B-Sides, along with Pixies (The Purple Tape) and Pixies at the BBC. Death to the Pixies was the first Pixies compilation covering the years 1987-1991. ... Complete B Sides is a compilation record by the Pixies. ... The Purple Tape is the name given by fans to the Pixies original 17-track demo tape, recorded at Fort Apache in March 1987 by Gary Smith, due, quite simply, to its mostly purple appearance. ... Pixies at the BBC is a complitation of live BBC radio sessions by the alternative rock band, the Pixies. ...


Reunion

The Pixies in concert in Kansas City, October 1, 2004. From left to right, Frank Black, David Lovering (back) and Kim Deal. Joey Santiago is not present on photo.
The Pixies in concert in Kansas City, October 1, 2004. From left to right, Frank Black, David Lovering (back) and Kim Deal. Joey Santiago is not present on photo.

In the 11 years following the break-up, rumors frequently circulated regarding a reunion. Though Frank Black steadfastly dismissed them, he did begin to incorporate an increasing number of Pixies songs in his sets with the Catholics, and occasionally included Santiago and Lovering in his solo work. In late 2003 a press release from Black's publicist officially confirmed a reunion would occur in the spring of 2004. The Pixies played their first reunion concert on April 13, 2004 at The Fine Line Music Cafe in Minneapolis, Minnesota,[63] and a warmup tour through the U.S. and Canada was followed by an appearance at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival. The band then spent much of 2004 touring throughout Brazil, Europe, Japan, and the U.S. Image File history File links Download high resolution version (1024x768, 141 KB) Summary Source: http://flickr. ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (1024x768, 141 KB) Summary Source: http://flickr. ... Nickname: Location in Jackson, Clay, Platte, and Cass Counties in the state of Missouri. ... is the 274th day of the year (275th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 103rd day of the year (104th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Minneapolis redirects here. ... This article is about the annual music and arts festival. ...


The 2004 reunion of the Pixies was the subject of the 2006 documentary, LoudQUIETloud.


In June 2004, the band released a new single, "Bam Thwok" (sample ) exclusively on the iTunes Music Store. The song reached number one in the British download chart.[64] 4AD released Wave of Mutilation: The Best of the Pixies, along with a companion DVD. The band also contributed a rendition of "Ain't That Pretty At All" to the Warren Zevon tribute album Enjoy Every Sandwich. Bam Thwok was the first new recording by bostonian band The Pixies since their break up in 1993. ... Image File history File links BamThwok. ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged into ITunes. ... The UK Official Download Chart is compiled by The Official UK Charts Company on behalf of the music industry. ... Wave of Mutilation: The Best of the Pixies is a compilation album by the Pixies. ... Warren William Zevon (January 24, 1947 – September 7, 2003) was a Grammy Award-winning American rock singer-songwriter and musician. ...


2005 saw the band make appearances at the Lollapalooza and Sasquatch! music festivals.[65] The band also played at European events such as the Reading and Leeds Festivals, and in Edinburgh as part of the T on the Fringe music festival. In August, the band performed an entirely acoustic set (after a warm-up acoustic set in Albany, New York) at the Newport Folk Festival.[66][67] Lollapalooza is an American music festival featuring rock, alternative rock, hip hop, and punk rock bands, dance and comedy performances, and craft booths. ... Sasquatch! Festival is a music festival held annually at the Gorge Amphitheatre in George, Washington. ... Leeds Festival redirects here. ... For other uses, see Edinburgh (disambiguation). ... For other uses, see Albany. ... The Newport Folk Festival is an annual folk-oriented music festival founded in 1959 by George Wein, founder of the already-well-established Newport Jazz Festival, and his partner, Albert Grossman. ...


The band continued to make appearances through 2006 and 2007, culminating in their first-ever appearances in Australia. By early 2008, however, following abortive attempts to record a new album,[68][69][70] Black began stating in interviews that the reunion was over.[71]


Musical style

Although the Pixies' musical style has changed over time, the band is considered to be an alternative rock band alongside similar bands such as the Throwing Muses.[72] The Pixies explored a range of song styles in their songs — although many songs were characterized by Francis' distinctive yowling and lead vocals, with Deal's feathery backing vocals (on songs such as "I Bleed" and "Debaser") and Santiago's erratic lead guitar. The band's sound has progressed from an indie rock sound in Come on Pilgrim and Surfer Rosa, to a more sci-fi rock sound, in Bossanova and Trompe le Monde. However, they have experimented with other genres of music, such as surf rock ("Cecilla Ann" in Bossanova), rock ("U-Mass") and pseudo-metal ("Planet of Sound", both in Trompe le Monde). An early band formation (left to right): Narcizo, Hersh, Donelly, and Langston. ...


Influences

The Pixies draw influence from a range of artists and genres; each member came from a different musical background. Francis listened to The Beatles and cited Iggy Pop as his main influence in an interview with Mojo Magazine; and Santiago, as mentioned above, listened to 1970s and 1980s punk (including bands such as Black Flag) and David Bowie.[10] Deal's musical background was country; she had formed a country band with her sister in her teenage years. Folk music has influenced the Pixies; Francis often listened to Larry Norman, and the band famously requested a bassist who was a fan of the folk trio Peter, Paul and Mary. Francis also mentions Lou Reed in Come on Pilgrim's "I've Been Tired". The White Album, see The Beatles (album). ... James Newell Osterberg, Jr. ... Black Flag was a hardcore punk band formed in 1976 in southern California, largely as the brainchild of Greg Ginn: the guitarist, primary songwriter and sole continuous member through multiple personnel changes. ... Country music is a blend of popular musical forms originally found in the Southern United States and the Appalachian Mountains. ... The trio Peter, Paul and Mary (often PP&M) is a musical group from the United States; they were one of the most successful folk-singing groups of the 1960s. ... Lou Reed (born March 2, 1942) is an influential American rock singer-songwriter and guitarist. ...


Other media such as film has had an impact on the Pixies; Francis cites surrealist films Eraserhead and Un chien andalou (as mentioned in "Debaser") as influences.[10][73] He commented on these influences (which he paid tribute to most in Doolittle), saying he "didn't have the patience to sit around reading Surrealist novels", but found it easier to watch twenty-minute films.[74] He claimed the band members were "surrealists" in an interview to Melody Maker:[75] "Maybe the avant-garde appeals to people from our economic background, because we're typically rejecting the older meaningful Christian values, but we're still confused as hell." Eraserhead (released in France as The Labyrinth Man) is a 1977 surrealist-horror film written and directed by David Lynch. ... Un Chien Andalou (English: An Andalusian Dog) is a 16-minute[1] surrealist film made in France in 1928 by Spanish writer/directors Luis Buñuel and Salvador Dalí, and released in 1929 in Paris. ... A work similar to Marcel Duchamps Fountain Avant garde (written avant-garde) is a French phrase, one of many French phrases used by English speakers. ... Topics in Christianity Preaching Prayer Ecumenism Relation to other religions Movements Music Liturgy Calendar Symbols Art Criticism Christianity Portal This box:      Christianity is a monotheistic[1] religion centered on the life and teachings of Jesus of Nazareth as presented in the New Testament. ...


Songwriting and vocals

Most of the Pixies songs were composed and sung by Francis, whose songwriting style was characterized by a focus on Biblical violence ("Dead", "Gouge Away"), and incest ("The Holiday Song", "Nimrod's Son"). He later commented on this in an interview to Melody Maker:[76] "It's all those characters in the Old Testament. I'm obsessed with them. Why it comes out so much I don't know." Topics in Christianity Movements · Denominations · Other religions Ecumenism · Preaching · Prayer Music · Liturgy · Calendar Symbols · Art · Criticism Important figures Apostle Paul · Church Fathers Constantine · Athanasius · Augustine Anselm · Aquinas · Palamas · Luther Calvin · Wesley Arius · Marcion of Sinope Archbishop of Canterbury · Catholic Pope Coptic Pope · Ecumenical Patriarch Christianity Portal This box:      Note: Judaism...


He also wrote about other offbeat subjects—such as the sea ("Where Is My Mind?" and "Wave of Mutilation") and earthquakes ("Here Comes Your Man"),[26] and in the band's early works (the Come on Pilgrim era), he included references to Christian themes ("Levitate Me"). Later, as the band's career progressed, he began to focus on sci-fi concepts and themes such as aliens ("Motorway to Roswell") and unidentified flying objects ("The Happening").[26] This article does not cite any references or sources. ...


Deal sang lead vocals on "Gigantic" and the band's latest composition, "Bam Thwok," both of which she wrote, as well as on "Silver," co-written with Francis; she also sang lead vocals on the Francis-written "Into the White" and the Neil Young cover "I've Been Waiting For You." Lovering sang lead vocals on "La La Love You" and "Make Believe"; both songs were written by Francis. Bam Thwok was the first new recording by bostonian band The Pixies since their break up in 1993. ...


Covers

The band has recorded several covers: "Wild Honey Pie" (The Beatles), "Ain't That Pretty At All" (Warren Zevon), "Winterlong" and "I've Been Waiting For You" (Neil Young), "I Can't Forget" (Leonard Cohen), a Spanish version of "Evil Hearted You" (The Yardbirds), "Head On" (The Jesus and Mary Chain), "Cecilia Ann" (The Surftones), "Born in Chicago" (The Paul Butterfield Blues Band), "In Heaven (The Lady in the Radiator Song)" (from the film Eraserhead), and "Theme from NARC" (from the video game NARC). Wild Honey Pie is a short song written by Paul McCartney, but credited to Lennon-McCartney. ... The White Album, see The Beatles (album). ... Warren William Zevon (January 24, 1947 – September 7, 2003) was a Grammy Award-winning American rock singer-songwriter and musician. ... This article is about the musician. ... Leonard Norman Cohen, CC, (born September 21, 1934 in Westmount, Quebec) is a Canadian singer-songwriter, poet and novelist. ... Not to be confused with Yard Birds. ... The Jesus and Mary Chain are a Scottish alternative rock band that revolves around the songwriting partnership of brothers Jim and William Reid. ... Paul Butterfield (December 17, 1942 – May 4, 1987) was an American blues harmonica player and singer, and one of the earliest white exponents of the Chicago-originated electric blues style. ... Eraserhead (released in France as The Labyrinth Man) is a 1977 surrealist-horror film written and directed by David Lynch. ... Tagline: Dont Do Drugs NARC is a 1988 arcade game designed by Eugene Jarvis for Williams Electronics. ...


Instrumentation

In terms of instrumentation, the Pixies are a four-piece rock band. Francis, the group's frontman, is the rhythm guitarist and uses either a Fender Telecaster, Fender Mustang, or Fender Jaguar, with either the Marshall JCM 800 or the Vox AC30 as amplification.[77] Santiago, the lead guitarist, is a "strict Les Paul man" (he owns 3 Les Pauls), but also has a Gibson ES-335 and uses a Pearce GR-8 amplifier. Deal, the bassist in the band, plays either a Fender Precision or Music Man Stingray[78] bass. Lovering, the drummer, plays a five-piece white Pro Prestige custom drumkit.[79] This article is about the genre. ... Frontman (also front man) is a term referring to the lead singer or band leader of a music group. ... Rhythm guitar is a guitar that is primarily used to provide rhythmic and harmonic accompaniment for a singer or for other instruments in an ensemble. ... The Fender Telecaster, also known as a Tele, is typically a dual-pickup, solid-body electric guitar made by Fender. ... The Fender Mustang is an electric guitar by the Fender Musical Instruments Company, introduced in 1964 as the basis of a major redesign of Fenders student models then consisting of the Musicmaster and Duo-Sonic. ... The Fender Jaguar is an electric guitar that was introduced in 1962. ... The Marshall Logo Marshall Amplification is a British company which designs and manufactures music amplifiers. ... The Vox AC30 is a guitar amplifier manufactured by Vox. ... An instrument amplifier is an electronic amplifier designed for use with an electric or electronic musical instrument, such as an electric guitar. ... Lead guitar refers to a role within a band, that provides melody or melodic material, as opposed to the rhythm of the rhythm guitar, bass, and drums. ... -1... The Gibson ES-335 was the worlds first commercial semi-hollowbody electric guitar, released by Gibson Guitar Corporation in 1958. ... Deon Rexroat of Anberlin. ... The Fender Precision Bass (sometimes shortened to the P-Bass) is an electric bass guitar, and was the first widely-available model of the instrument. ... Music Man StingRay is an electric bass guitar by Music Man, introduced in 1976. ... For the comic book character, see Drummer (comics). ...


As their career has progressed, starting with "Monkey Gone to Heaven" (from Doolittle), the band have incorporated other, often unusual instruments and experimented more with their sound. For example, "Monkey Gone to Heaven" used a string section. "Velouria" (from Bossanova) had a theremin,[80] "Alec Eiffel" and "U-Mass" featured a keyboard part (played by Eric Drew Feldman) and "Bam Thwok", their latest release, has an organ solo halfway through the song. Léon Theremin playing an early theremin The theremin (originally pronounced but often anglicized as [1]), or thereminvox, is one of the earliest fully electronic musical instruments. ...


Legacy

Although the Pixies produced relatively few albums, they had a great influence on the alternative rock boom of the 1990s that started with Nirvana's "Smells Like Teen Spirit". Gary Smith, who produced the Pixies' first recording, Come on Pilgrim, commented on the band's influence on alternative rock and their legacy in 1997:[10] Nevermind track listing Smells Like Teen Spirit is a song by the American rock band Nirvana, and the opening track and lead single from the bands 1991 breakthrough album Nevermind. ...

I've heard it said about The Velvet Underground that while not a lot of people bought their albums, everyone who did started a band. I think this is largely true about the Pixies as well. Charles' secret weapon turned out to be not so secret and, sooner or later, all sorts of bands were exploiting the same strategy of wide dynamics. It became a kind of new pop formula and, within a short while, "Smells Like Teen Spirit" was charging up the charts and even the members of Nirvana said later that it sounded for all the world like a Pixies song.

Sonically, the Pixies are credited with popularizing the extreme dynamics and stop-start timing that would come to define alternative rock; Pixies songs typically feature hushed, restrained verses, and explosive, wailing choruses. Cover songs and commentary from artists and groups such as David Bowie,[81] Radiohead, U2, Weezer, Nirvana and critics such as Graham Linehan[7] attest to the appreciation of the band by musicians and critics alike.[82] Bob Mould (from Hüsker Dü, who the Pixies cited as an influence) said he "was a huge Pixies fan" and Radiohead's Thom Yorke, after being informed of the Pixies plans to play before them at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, exclaimed: This article is about the rock band. ... David Bowie (pronounced ) (born David Robert Jones on 8 January 1947) is an English musician, actor, producer, arranger, and audio engineer. ... Radiohead are an English alternative rock band from Oxfordshire. ... This article is about the Irish rock band. ... For the albums, see Weezer (1994 album) and Weezer (2001 album). ... This article is about the American grunge band. ... Graham Linehan (born 1968) is an Irish television writer and director who, often in partnership with Arthur Mathews, has written or co-written a number of popular television comedies. ... Bob Mould (born October 16, 1960, in Malone, New York) is an American musician, principally known for his work as guitarist, vocalist and songwriter for influential rock bands Hüsker Dü in the 1980s and Sugar in the 1990s. ... This article is about the rock band called Hüsker Dü. For other uses, see Husker Du. ... Radiohead are an English alternative rock band from Oxfordshire. ... Thomas Edward Yorke (born 7 October 1968 in Wellingborough, Northamptonshire, England) is a Grammy-nominated English musician, best known as the lead singer of the band Radiohead. ... This article is about the annual music and arts festival. ...

No! That's just not right! The Pixies opening for us is like the Beatles opening for us. I won't allow it. There's no way we can follow the Pixies!

Yorke said in the same Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival that, while at school, "the Pixies had changed my life". Other members of Radiohead have cited the band as an influence, and Yorke commented, "If we were all into the Pixies and nothing else, then it would be pretty obvious what the band would sound like."


While touring with U2 in 1992, the Pixies were sent a note from the band saying "Keep digging for fire. We love you." David Bowie, whose music had inspired Francis and Santiago while they were at university, mourned the band's breakup: "I felt very depressed the day I heard about the Pixies split. What a waste...I could see them becoming huge." This statement echoed many artists at that time who felt the band should have had more commercial success.[7]


The most notable citation as an influence was by Kurt Cobain, on influencing Nirvana's "Smells Like Teen Spirit", which he admitted was a conscious attempt to co-opt the Pixies' style. In a January 1994 interview with Rolling Stone, he revealed:[7][83] This article is about the magazine. ...

I was trying to write the ultimate pop song. I was basically trying to rip off the Pixies. I have to admit it (smiles). When I heard the Pixies for the first time, I connected with that band so heavily I should have been in that band - or at least in a Pixies cover band. We used their sense of dynamics, being soft and quiet and then loud and hard.

Weezer (who later covered "Velouria" in the Pixies tribute album, Where Is My Mind?) have cited the Pixies as an influence on their music and lead singer Rivers Cuomo, in an Addicted To Noise interview, said the band "really blew my mind when I first moved to L.A. and started to discover cool music."[84] Damon Albarn (of the band Blur) said: "When we started we wanted to sound like the Pixies."[7] The number of Pixies tribute albums recorded gives backing to their position as a major influence in modern alternative rock music. For the albums, see Weezer (1994 album) and Weezer (2001 album). ... Where Is My Mind? is a tribute album by various artists as a tribute to the Pixies. ... -1... Damon Albarn, (born March 23, 1968 in Leytonstone, London), is an English singer-songwriter who gained fame as the lead singer and keyboard player of rock band Blur. ... Blur were an English rock band that formed in Colchester in 1989. ... This is an alphabetized list of tribute albums to the American alternative rock band Pixies. ...


Television appearances and videos

A screenshot of the "Velouria" video, with the four band members running down the quarry
A screenshot of the "Velouria" video, with the four band members running down the quarry

The Pixies appeared on several television shows during their original incarnation, including The Tonight Show and 120 Minutes in the US, and The Word in the UK.[85][86] Image File history File links PixiesVelouriaVideo. ... Image File history File links PixiesVelouriaVideo. ... For the series of the same name in the United Kingdom, see 120 Minutes (UK TV series). ... The Word was a 1990s Channel 4 television programme in the United Kingdom. ...


Since the band were signed to the small alternative record label, 4AD, at the time of Come on Pilgrim and Surfer Rosa, no videos were released from their first two records. Starting with Doolittle, their first release with Elektra Records, the band released music videos with their singles, but the videos were often simple affairs. For example, in songs such as "Monkey Gone To Heaven", "Head On" and "Debaser", the videos often consisted of the band playing their instruments. A music video is a short film or video that accompanies a complete piece of music, most commonly a song. ...


By Bossanova, the band had developed a severe aversion to recording music videos, as Francis refused to lip-sync to them.[87] For example, in the "Here Comes Your Man" video, both Black and Deal open their mouths wide instead of mouthing their lyrics. According to the record label this became one of the reasons that the Pixies never achieved major coverage on MTV.[87] Lip-sync or Lip-synch (short for lip synchronization) is a technical term for matching lip movements with voice. ... This article is about the original U.S. music television channel. ...


As "Velouria" (their first single from Bossanova) was climbing up the UK Top 40, the band was offered a spot on Top of the Pops. However, a BBC rule stated only singles with videos could be performed on the show. To counter this a cheap video was made, with the band being filmed running down a quarry.[87] In the video, ten seconds of footage (the time needed for the band members to reach the camera) is slowed in order to last for the duration of the song.[88] However, the effort in filming the video was in vain; the Pixies did not play "Velouria" on Top of The Pops while the single was in the charts.[89] Velouria is an alternative rock song by the Pixies from their 1990 album Bossanova, and the first [[single (music)|single] to be taken from it, released in July 1990. ... The UK Singles Chart is compiled by the Official UK Charts Company on behalf of the music industry. ... Top of the Pops, also known as TOTP, was a long-running British music chart television programme, made and broadcast by the BBC. It was originally shown each week, mostly on BBC One, from 1 January 1964 to 30 July 2006. ... For other uses, see BBC (disambiguation). ...


Awards and achievements

Although the Pixies never gained mainstream recognition in its original incarnation, the band won several awards from music publications and local music awards. For example, they won the Act of the Year award in the 2004 Boston Music Awards.[90] The Pixies also won acclaim from alternative music publications for their records:

  • SoundsAlbum of the Year: Surfer Rosa – 1988
  • Melody MakerAlbum of the YearSurfer Rosa – 1988
  • SoundsRunner up Album of the YearDoolittle – 1989
  • Melody MakerSingle of the Year – "Monkey Gone to Heaven" – 1989
  • Melody MakerRunner Up Album of the YearDoolittle – 1989[91]
  • SoundsAlbum of the YearBossanova – 1990[92]

Discography

Main article: Pixies discography

// Categories: | ... Come on Pilgrim is the debut release from the American alternative rock band Pixies, released on the British independent record label 4AD in October 1987. ... Surfer Rosa is the debut album by the American alternative rock band Pixies, released in March 1988 on the British independent record label 4AD.[2] The albums unusual and offbeat subject matter includes references to mutilation and voyeurism; this is augmented by experimental recording, low-fidelity production and a... Doolittle is the second studio album from the American alternative rock band Pixies, released in April 1989 on 4AD. The albums offbeat and dark subject material, featuring references to surrealism, Biblical violence, torture and death, contrasts with the clean production sound achieved by the then newly hired producer Gil... Bossanova was the Pixies third studio album, released in 1990 through 4AD Records. ... Trompe le Monde is the Pixies fourth and final full-length studio album, released on October 7, 1991 through the 4AD record label. ...

See also

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References

  • Frank, Josh; Ganz, Caryn. Fool the World: The Oral History of a Band Called Pixies. (2005). ISBN 0-312-34007-9
  • Matula, Theodore. "Contextualizing musical rhetoric: A critical reading of the Pixies' 'Rock Music'" Communication Studies. 51 (3, Fall), 218–237.
  • Sisario, Ben. Doolittle. Continuum, 2006 (33⅓ series). ISBN 0-8264-1774-4.

Notes

  1. ^ Although the band are titled "Pixies" on their albums, band members refer to themselves as part of "the Pixies," and so do the majority of written sources.
  2. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. Pixies. All Music Guide. Retrieved on 2007-06-21.
  3. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. American Alternative Rock/Post-Punk. All Music Guide. Retrieved on 2006-05-20.
  4. ^ a b c Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. Pixies > Biography. All Music Guide. Retrieved on 2006-09-10.
  5. ^ Hodges, Jacqueline (2004-05-03). Rock & Alt Review - The Pixies - Wave of Mutilation. BBC. Retrieved on 2006-10-18. “Then along came the Surfer Rosa album where, without realising it at the time, a pre-Nevermind Steve Albini produced the blueprint for grunge and a legend was born.”
  6. ^ Kurt Cobain on Pixies and The Breeders. Melody Maker (1992-08-29). Retrieved on 2006-09-02.
  7. ^ a b c d e Biel, Jean-Michel; Gourraud, Christophe. They Said About the Pixies.... Alec Eiffel. Retrieved on 2006-09-11.
  8. ^ Biel, Jean-Michel; Gourraud, Christophe. Homages to the Pixies. Alec Eiffel. Retrieved on 2006-08-28.
  9. ^ The university was the theme of the song, "U-Mass", on Trompe le Monde
  10. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m Pixies Profile. 4AD. Retrieved on 2006-08-13.
  11. ^ His Spanish later improved, and several Pixies songs contained Spanish lyrics, most notably in Come on Pilgrim
  12. ^ The unnamed roommate in question was the subject of a later song, "Crackity Jones", from Doolittle.
  13. ^ Sisario, Ben. Doolittle 33⅓. Continuum, 2005. ISBN 0-8264-1774-4. pp. 12–13
  14. ^ Frank, Josh; Ganz, Caryn. "Fool the World: The Oral History of a Band Called Pixies." (2006). ISBN 0-312-34007-9. p. 11
  15. ^ Frank, Ganz, 2005. p. 13
  16. ^ Frank, Ganz, 2005. p. 14
  17. ^ Frank, Ganz, 2005. p. 15
  18. ^ Sisario, 2006. p. 14
  19. ^ Biel, Jean-Michel; Gourraud, Christophe. A Pixies History. Alec Eiffel. Retrieved on 2006-08-29.
  20. ^ Frank, Ganz, 2005. p. 20
  21. ^ Frank, Ganz, 2005. p. 17
  22. ^ Frank, Ganz, 2005. p. 18
  23. ^ Sisario, 2006. pp. 8–9
  24. ^ Frank, Ganz, 2005. p. 21
  25. ^ Dag Wieërs. Pixies/Debaser — Trivia. Retrieved on 2006-09-10.
  26. ^ a b c d Biel, Jean-Michel; Gourraud, Christophe. Pixies Titles/Names. Alec Eiffel. Retrieved on 2006-09-18.
  27. ^ Sisario, 2006. p. 9
  28. ^ Frank, Ganz, 2005. p. 20
  29. ^ Sisario, 2006. p. 16
  30. ^ Sisario, 2006. p. 17
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