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Pixies
Pixies, pictured early in their career — Black Francis, Kim Deal, Dave Lovering, and Joey Santiago
Pixies, pictured early in their career — Black Francis, Kim Deal, Dave Lovering, and Joey Santiago
Background information
Origin Boston, Massachusetts, USA
Genre‍(s) Alternative rock
Years active 1986–1993
2004–present
Label‍(s) 4AD
Elektra
Spin Art
Artemis
Associated
acts
The Breeders
Frank Black and the Catholics
The Amps
The Martinis
Website http://www.4ad.com/pixies/
Members
Black Francis (vocals, rhythm guitar)
Kim Deal (bass guitar, vocals)
Dave Lovering (drums)
Joey Santiago (lead guitar)

The Pixies are an American alternative rock music group formed in Boston, Massachusetts in 1986.[1] The group disbanded in 1993 in acrimonious circumstances but reunited in 2004. Black Francis, Joey Santiago, Kim Deal, and Dave Lovering have been the group'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.[2] Pixies This is a copyrighted promotional photo with a known source. ... Nickname: City on the Hill, Beantown, The Hub of the Universe (The State House, according to Oliver Wendell Holmes, is the hub of the Solar System), Athens of America, The Cradle of Revolution Location in Massachusetts Counties Suffolk County Mayor Thomas M. Menino(D) Area    - City 232. ... Official language(s) English Capital Boston Largest city Boston Area  Ranked 44th  - Total 10,555 sq mi (27,360 km²)  - Width 183 miles (295 km)  - Length 113 miles (182 km)  - % water 13. ... A music genre is a category (or genre) of pieces of music that share a certain style or basic musical language (van der Merwe 1989, p. ... The terms alternative rock and alternative music[1] (also simply called alternative) were coined in the 1980s to describe punk rock-inspired bands on independent record labels that didnt fit into the mainstream genres of the time. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... The British indie rock record label 4AD Records was started in 1979 by Ivo Watts-Russell and Peter Kent, funded by Beggars Banquet Records. ... Elektra Records is an American record label owned by Warner Music Group, and today operates under Atlantic Records Group. ... The Breeders are an American rock band, formed in 1988 as a side project for Kim Deal of Pixies and Tanya Donelly of Throwing Muses. ... This article is about the contemporary musician. ... 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. ... In music a singer or vocalist is a type of musician who sings, i. ... Rhythm guitar is a kind of guitar playing that provides accompaniment for a singer or other instruments. ... Kim Deal Kim Deal (born Kimberly Ann Deal on June 10, 1961) is an American musician known for her work in the seminal alternative rock bands Pixies and The Breeders. ... Martin EB18 Bass Guitar in flight case. ... David Lovering born 1961 was a drummer for the Pixies from 1986 through 1993. ... Drum carried by John Unger, Company B, 40th Regiment New York Veteran Volunteer Infantry Mozart Regiment, December 20, 1863 Several American Indian-style drums for sale at the National Museum of the American Indian. ... Joseph Alberto Santiago (born June 11, 1965) is a Filipino musician, guitarist for the Pixies and The Martinis. ... Lead guitar refers to a role within a popular music band, especially a rock band, that provides melody or melodic material, as opposed to the rhythm of the rhythm guitar, bass, and drums. ... The terms alternative rock and alternative music[1] (also simply called alternative) were coined in the 1980s to describe punk rock-inspired bands on independent record labels that didnt fit into the mainstream genres of the time. ... Nickname: City on the Hill, Beantown, The Hub of the Universe (The State House, according to Oliver Wendell Holmes, is the hub of the Solar System), Athens of America, The Cradle of Revolution Location in Massachusetts Counties Suffolk County Mayor Thomas M. Menino(D) Area    - City 232. ... Official language(s) English Capital Boston Largest city Boston Area  Ranked 44th  - Total 10,555 sq mi (27,360 km²)  - Width 183 miles (295 km)  - Length 113 miles (182 km)  - % water 13. ... This article is about the contemporary musician. ... Joseph Alberto Santiago (born June 11, 1965) is a Filipino musician, guitarist for the Pixies and The Martinis. ... Kim Deal Kim Deal (born Kimberly Ann Deal on June 10, 1961) is an American musician known for her work in the seminal alternative rock bands Pixies and The Breeders. ... David Lovering born 1961 was a drummer for the Pixies from 1986 through 1993. ... World map showing Europe Political map (neighboring countries in Asia and Africa also shown) Europe is one of the seven traditional continents of the Earth. ...


Their music, heavily influenced by punk and surf music, was, while highly melodic, capable of being tremendously abrasive at the same time. Francis was the group's primary songwriter and singer and had a distinctly desperate, yowling delivery. He typically wrote cryptic songs about offbeat subjects, such as unidentified flying objects and surrealism.[3] References to mental instability, violent Biblical imagery, physical injury, and incest feature in many of the band's songs and imagery.[4][5] 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. ... This article or section may contain external links added only to promote a website, product, or service – otherwise known as spam. ... A songwriter is someone who writes the lyrics to songs, the musical composition or melody to songs, or both. ... UFO redirects here. ... Surrealism[1] is a movement stating that the liberation of our mind, and subsequently the liberation of the individual self and society, can be achieved by exercising the imaginative faculties of the unconscious mind to the attainment of a dream-like state different from, or ultimately ‘truer’ than, everyday reality. ... The Bible (From Greek βιβλια—biblia, meaning books, which in turn is derived from βυβλος—byblos meaning papyrus, from the ancient Phoenician city of Byblos which exported papyrus) is the sacred scripture of Christianity. ... This article or section may contain original research or unverified claims. ...


The group is frequently posited as the immediate forebearer of the alternative rock boom of the early 1990s, though they disbanded before reaping any of the benefits this might have brought them.[6][7] Avowed fan Kurt Cobain's acknowledgement of the debt Nirvana owed to the Pixies,[8] along with similar tributes by other alternative bands, ensured that the Pixies' legacy and influence grew substantially in the years following their demise.[9][10] Kurt Donald Cobain (February 20, 1967 – c. ... Nirvana was a popular rock band from Aberdeen, Washington, United States. ...

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.[11] Santiago soon introduced Francis to the music of David Bowie and 1970s punk rock, and the pair began to jam together.[12] Francis then embarked on a student exchange trip to San Juan (in Puerto Rico), but upon arriving struggled to grasp the Spanish language.[13] After spending six months in an apartment with a "weirdo, psycho, gay roommate",[14] he returned to Boston and dropped out of the university with Santiago to form a band.[12][15] To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article may require cleanup. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article may require cleanup. ... 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. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... This article is about the international language known as Spanish. ...


Bassist Kim Deal later joined Santiago and Francis 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] Folk music, in the original sense of the term, is music by and for the common people. ... The trio Peter, Paul and Mary (often PP&M) is an American musical group that was one of the most successful folk-singing groups of the 1960s. ... Hardcore punk (aka Hardcore) is a subgenre of punk rock, the sound is thicker, heavier, and faster than punk rock and implimented 1970s heavy metal influences in its music. ... Hüsker Dü was an influential rock music group from Minneapolis-St. ... Martin EB18 Bass Guitar in flight case. ... 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. Kim's husband suggested that they pick up drummer David Lovering, whom Kim had met at her wedding reception.[20][21] They arrived at a name after Santiago selected the word randomly from a dictionary and took a liking to the definition, "mischievous little elves".[12] The group was originally named "Pixies In Panoply", but soon shortened it to "Pixies".[22][23] For alternate meanings, see Lightning (disambiguation). ...


Once the band had settled on a stable line-up, they started rehearsing in Lovering's parents' garage in the summer of 1986.[24] After a month of practicing, their first show — named as "possibly the worst gig in the history of rock"[25] 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",[12] which all appeared on later albums or as B-sides. The Rathskeller, also known as The Rat, was a famous punk club in Kenmore Square in Boston, MA from 1974-1997. ... Here Comes Your Man is a alternative rock song by the Pixies, released as a single from their 1989 album Doolittle. ... Dig for Fire is a 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 that he "could not sleep until you guys are world famous."[12][26] 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.[27] The recording was funded by Francis' father at the cost of $1000[28] and took three days to record. 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.[12] Watts-Russell nearly passed on the band, finding them too normal, "too rock 'n' roll", but signed them at the persuasion of his girlfriend.[29][30] 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 logo inspired that of the Compact Disc two decades later. ... Ivo Watts-Russell is the founder and president of the record label 4AD. He has also produced a few records, including the Cocteau Twins debut, Garlands. ... The British indie rock record label 4AD was started in 1979 by Ivo Watts-Russell and Peter Kent, funded by Beggars Banquet Records. ...

Upon signing with 4AD (the band later claimed they were "the coolest record company to pay on time"),[12] 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 folk singer Larry Norman during his live concerts: "Come on Pilgrim, you know He loves you"[12] — Francis once saw Norman at a Christian summer camp.[23] Black Francis would later record one of Norman's songs during his solo career as Frank Black, plus share one concert stage with Norman. Image File history File links Pixies EP come_on_pilgrim album cover This image is the cover of an album or single. ... Image File history File links Pixies EP come_on_pilgrim album cover This image is the cover of an album or single. ... Come On Pilgrim was the Pixies first release, issued in October of 1987. ... Come On Pilgrim was the Pixies first release, issued in October of 1987. ... Larry David Norman (born April 8, 1947 in Corpus Christi, Texas) is an American singer-songwriter and record producer who is considered a pioneer of Christian Rock. ...


In the EP, Francis drew upon his experiences in Puerto Rico, mostly in the songs "Vamos" and "Isla de Encanta";[31] 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 alternative rock song by the American band Pixies, written by the bands frontman Black Francis for the unreleased Purple Tape. ... A pseudonym (Greek: false name) is a fictitious name used by an individual as an alternative to his or her legal name. ...


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 at the advice of a 4AD colleague),[33] completed in a fortnight, and released in early 1988. Steve 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. For example, both Melody Maker and Sounds gave Surfer Rosa their "Album of the Year" award.[12] The success of Surfer Rosa would lead to the band signing with major record label Elektra before the release of their next album. Cover of the Pixies album Surfer Rosa. ... Cover of the Pixies album Surfer Rosa. ... Surfer Rosa is the Pixies first full-length album, released in February 1988, released by 4AD Records. ... Surfer Rosa is the Pixies first full-length album, released in February 1988, released by 4AD Records. ... Steve Albini, centre, with Shellac at the Brandenburg Gate Steve Albini (born July 22, 1962, Pasadena, California) is an influential singer, songwriter, guitarist, audio engineer and music journalist. ... Nirvana was a popular rock band from Aberdeen, Washington, United States. ... In Utero is the third and final studio album from the American grunge band, Nirvana. ... Melody Maker, published in the United Kingdom, was (until its closure) the worlds oldest weekly music newspaper. ... Sounds was a British music magazine, 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 release 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 Pixies, from their 1988 album, Surfer Rosa. ... Image File history File links WhereIsMyMind. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ...


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 setlist included new songs such as "In Heaven", "Hey", and "Wild Honey Pie", and the tour become notable for the band's in-jokes, such as playing their entire set list in alphabetical order.[6] 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.[40] Motto: (French for God and my right) Anthem: Multiple unofficial anthems Capital London Largest city London Official language(s) English (de facto) Government Constitutional monarchy  - Queen Queen Elizabeth II  - Prime Minister Tony Blair MP Unification    - by Athelstan AD 927  Area    - Total 130,395 km² (1st in UK)   50,346 sq... Mean Fiddler is a United Kingdom music promoter and owner of venues. ... London (pronounced ) is the capital city of England and the United Kingdom. ... 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. ...

Doolittle (1989)
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Doolittle (1989)

Around this time, the Pixies struck up a relationship with the British producer, Gil Norton. Norton was to produce their second full album and major label debut, Doolittle (provisionally titled Whore),[12] 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.[41] Much of the album's subject matter remains similar to the previous two albums. For example, several song titles seemed to involve bloodshed and mutilation, such as "I Bleed", "Wave of Mutilation", and "Gouge Away". CD cover of Doolittle by the Pixies This is an album cover. ... CD cover of Doolittle by the Pixies This is an album cover. ... Doolittle is the Pixies second album, released on April 17, 1989 in the United Kingdom, and the next day in the United States. ... Gil Norton is a British record producer known for his work with such bands as Feeder, Counting Crows, Pixies, Terrorvision, Echo and the Bunnymen, Del Amitri, The Foo Fighters, James, The Feelers and Span. ... Doolittle is the Pixies second album, released on April 17, 1989 in the United Kingdom, and the next day in the United States. ... ISO 4217 Code USD User(s) the United States, the British Virgin Islands, East Timor, Ecuador, El Salvador, the Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Palau, Panama, Turks and Caicos Islands, and the insular areas of the United States Inflation 3. ...


Doolittle began with "Debaser" (sample ), an ode to an early French surrealist film called "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.[42] It nearly landed the band a mimed appearance on the TV chat show Wogan, which was mocked in the video to the song.[43][44] "Monkey Gone to Heaven", the only Pixies song with a string section, was a Top 10 hit in the UK, reached the Top 100 in North America and still receives regular radio play. Deal's only songwriting contribution to the album was the song "Silver", in which Deal played slide guitar and Lovering played the bass guitar.[45] Lovering sang lead vocals on "La La Love You",[46] 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. ... Un chien andalou (An Andalusian Dog in English) is a 16 minute surrealist short film made in France by Luis Buñuel (Writer/Director) and Salvador Dalí in 1929. ... Q is a music and entertainment magazinepublished monthly in the United Kingdom. ... Here Comes Your Man is a alternative rock song by the Pixies, released as a single from their 1989 album Doolittle. ... 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. ... World map showing North America A satellite composite image of North America. ... Example of a bottleneck, with fingerpicks and resonator guitar. ... Martin EB18 Bass Guitar in flight case. ...


Like Surfer Rosa, Doolittle was critically acclaimed by fans and music critics alike, and it is perhaps their most popular record; it was certified gold by the RIAA on November 10, 1995.[47] In 2003, the album was ranked number 226 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.[48] and placed on Q Magazine's 100 Greatest Albums Ever.[37] It has been suggested that this article or section be merged with Music journalism. ... The RIAA Logo. ... Rolling Stone is an American magazine devoted to music, politics and popular culture. ... The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time was the cover story of a special issue of Rolling Stone magazine published in 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),[49] and Deal was almost fired from the band. Santiago, in an interview to Mojo, explained:[50] Mojo is a popular music magazine published monthly in the United Kingdom. ...

   
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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.
   
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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 (the Pixies had released three albums in two years, as well as constant touring) took its toll on the band members. Near the end of the 1989 tour, in their homecoming concert in Boston, Deal was in a drunken state and Santiago smashed up his instruments and stormed off-stage. On the final tour date (in New York), the band was too exhausted to attend the end-of-tour party the next night and soon announced a hiatus.[6] Image File history File links Cquote1. ... Image File history File links Cquote2. ... Official language(s) English de facto Capital Albany Largest city New York City Area  Ranked 27th  - Total 54,520 sq mi (141,205 km²)  - Width 285 miles (455 km)  - Length 330 miles (530 km)  - % water 13. ... Look up hiatus in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ...


Bossanova and Trompe le Monde

Bossanova (1990)
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Bossanova (1990)

After Doolittle, Black Francis began to limit Deal's contributions to the band and began to assert more control over the band's 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. CD cover of Bossanova by the Pixies This is an album cover. ... CD cover of Bossanova by the Pixies This is an album cover. ... This article is about an album by the Pixies. ... This article is about an album by the Pixies. ... 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 (Francis commented "We want UFOs to be an acceptable topic. They're romantic")[51] and alien abduction,[3] along with the effects of drug-taking on songs such as "Down To The Well" and "Velouria" (sample ).[52][53] The style of the album was inspired by surf-rock, as Bossanova started with a cover of "Cecilia Ann" by The Surftones. Sci-fi is an abbreviation for science fiction. ... A cow standing on a pole. ... Image File history File links Velouria. ... Surf rock is a style of music that originated in the USA that mixes elements of surf music and rock music. ...


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,[54] a Talking Heads tribute, and "All Over The World" was also written in a similar musical style. 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. This article is about an album by the Pixies. ... Talking Heads was an American rock band existing between 1977 and 1991, composed of David Byrne, Chris Frantz, Tina Weymouth, and Jerry Harrison. ... Mose Allison (b. ... Jazz is an original American musical art form that originated around the start of the 20th century in New Orleans, rooted in African American musical styles blended with Western music technique and theory. ... 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 wasn't as immediately well regarded as their first few albums. Before its release, it was rumored that the album drew inspiration from heavy metal,[55] and the band's pre-album release of "Planet of Sound", a heavier song than their usual output, did not quell the rumors. Image File history File links Pixies-TrompeLeMondeCover. ... Image File history File links Pixies-TrompeLeMondeCover. ... Trompe le Monde is the Pixies fourth and final full-length studio album, released in October, 1991 through the 4AD record label. ... Trompe le Monde is the Pixies fourth and final full-length studio album, released in October, 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").[56] 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" (the first time Deal is heard singing backing vocals in the album) and "Trompe Le Monde", and the song "U-Mass" (sample ) 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. Space exploration is the physical exploration of outer-Earth objects and generally anything that involves the technologies, science, and politics regarding space endeavors. ... 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 were a Scottish alternative rock band that revolved 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. 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.[57] Leonard Norman Cohen, CC (born September 21, 1934 in Montreal, Quebec) is a Canadian poet, novelist, and singer-songwriter. ... Im Your Fan is a tribute album to Leonard Cohen, released in 1991 on the British record label EastWest Records. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... U2 is an Irish rock band formed in Dublin, featuring Bono (Paul David Hewson) on vocals, rhythm guitar and harmonica; The Edge (David Howell Evans) on lead guitar, keyboards and backing vocals; Adam Clayton on bass guitar; and Larry Mullen, Jr. ... 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.[58] He later phoned Santiago and subsequently notified Deal and Lovering via fax, in January 1993.[59] Black 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.[60] BBC Radio Five Live is the radio service providing live BBC News, phone-ins, and sports commentaries. ... Fax (short for facsimile - from Latin fac simile, make similar, i. ...


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. This article is about the contemporary musician. ... 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. ... Rhythm and blues (aka R&B or RnB) is a popular music genre combining jazz, gospel, and blues influences — first performed by African American artists. ... For other cities named Nashville, see Nashville (disambiguation). ... 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 Last Splash in 1993. However, for several years they struggled to produce another album, mainly due to her sister and fellow band member, Kelley's, struggles with heroin. The album, Title TK, finally appeared in 2002, with only Kim and Kelley remaining from the previous Breeders lineup. While on hiatus from the Breeders, Deal formed and recorded with The Amps,who released their only album Pacer.[61] The Breeders are an American rock band, formed in 1988 as a side project between Kim Deal of Pixies and Tanya Donelly of Throwing Muses. ... Kelley Deal is the identical twin sister of musician Kim Deal and is lead guitarist of The Breeders. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... The Amps are an indie-rock band from Dayton, Ohio. ... Pacer was The Amps only LP. It was released on October 31, 1995. ...


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.[62] 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 eccentric indie-rock musician Charles Douglas.[63] He 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.[64] 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, 2004 Photo: Reuben Cox Tanya Donelly (born July 14, 1966, in Newport, Rhode Island) is an American singer/songwriter and guitarist based in New England who cofounded Throwing Muses with stepsister Kristin Hersh, then went on to work in The Breeders and Belly in the 1990s. ... Charles Douglas is an indie-rock musician from Dayton, Ohio, born in 1977. ... The Fox Broadcasting Company, usually referred to as just Fox (the company itself prefers the capitalized version FOX), is a television network in the United States and Canada. ... 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, Dave Lovering (back) and Kim Deal. Joey Santiago is probably to the left of the photo.

In the 11 years following the break-up, rumours 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. Santiago made occasional appearances with Black both live and on record, and Lovering filled in on drums for some Catholics dates in 2002 (as well as frequently serving as opening act). In late 2003 a press release from Black's publicist officially confirmed that a reunion would occur in the spring of 2004. Francis also revealed that while the band had split up publicly, they still had "private jams together".[65] In the months leading up to the tour, there was almost no public word from any of the members, leading to an air of uncertainty and rampant speculation among fans and the media. 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: City of Fountains or Heart of America Location in Jackson, Clay, Platte, and Cass Counties in the state of Missouri. ... October 1 is the 274th day of the year (275th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar. ... 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


The Pixies played their first reunion concert on April 13, 2004 at The Fine Line Music Cafe in Minneapolis, Minnesota.[66] The show featured a sampling from their entire career, though with a heavy emphasis on their earlier records. A 15 concert warmup tour of the western United States and Canada followed, culminating in the performance at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival. The tour deliberately avoided major cities and media outlets with Winnipeg and Regina being stops. This was followed by a three-month world tour and four-month return to the US, ending on December 18 at the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York City.[67] Flag Seal Nickname: City of Lakes Motto: En Avant Location Location in Hennepin County and the state of Minnesota. ... The Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival (also commonly referred to as simply Coachella) is a two-day annual music festival held at the Empire Polo Fields in Indio, California. ... Motto: Template:Unhide = Unum Cum Virtute Multorum (One With the Strength of Many) Location City Information Established: 1738 (Fort Rouge), 1873 (City of Winnipeg) Area: 465. ... Flag Seal Nickname: The Queen City Motto: Floreat Regina (Let Regina Flourish) Coordinates , Government Country Province District Canada Saskatchewan Assiniboia Established 1882 City Mayor Governing Body MPs MLAs Pat Fiacco Regina City Council Dave Batters Ralph Goodale Tom Lukiwski Andrew Scheer Joanne Crofford Doreen Hamilton Ron Harper Warren McCall Sandra... The Hammerstein Ballroom is a two-tiered, 12,000 square feet (3658m2) ballroom located within the Manhattan Center Studios on 311 West 34th Street in Manhattan, New York City, New York, United States of America. ... Nickname: Big Apple Location in the state of New York Coordinates: Country United States State New York Boroughs Bronx (The Bronx) New York (Manhattan) Queens (Queens) Kings (Brooklyn) Richmond (Staten Island) Mayor Michael Bloomberg (R) Area    - City 1,214. ...


In June of that year, the band released a new single "Bam Thwok" (sample ) exclusively on the iTunes Music Store, which placed at #1 in the UK download chart in its first week.[68] Later, 4AD released Wave of Mutilation: The Best of the Pixies, along with a companion DVD. At the end of 2004, the band made appearances on David Letterman and Austin City Limits, as well as contributing 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. ... Wave of Mutilation: The Best of the Pixies is a compilation album by the Pixies. ... David Michael Letterman (born April 12, 1947) is an American late night talk show host, comedian, television producer, Indy Racing League car owner (Rahal Letterman Racing), and philanthropist. ... Austin City Limits is a music program on American television. ... Zevon on the cover of his 1978 album, Excitable Boy. ...


The Pixies continued to tour in 2005, playing a brief US tour featuring two shows per night, as well as headlining the 2005 Lollapalooza and Sasquatch! music festivals.[69][70] The band also played at European venues 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 (their first such set) at the Newport Folk Festival.[71][72] The band still tours as of September 2006. Lollapalooza is an American touring music festival featuring alternative rock, rap, and punk rock bands, dance and comedy performances, and craft booths. ... The Sasquatch! Music Festival is an music festival held annually at the Gorge Amphitheatre in George, Washington. ... The Reading and Leeds Festivals, officially called the Carling Weekend, are a pair of annual music festivals that take place in Reading and Leeds in England. ... Edinburgh (pronounced ; Dùn Èideann () in Scottish Gaelic) is the capital of Scotland and its second-largest city. ... 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. ...


New album

In July 2005, Black said that the band hopes to record a new album, their first since 1991. "We really want to make a record for the right reasons, whether it is successful commercially or not," Black said.[73] Black reportedly presented a batch of songs to the group for consideration sometime in 2006, but later described them as "too fakey".[74] Though it was widely reported that any new album efforts had been abandoned,[75] Black revealed at a Spanish press conference in July 2006 that the band tentatively planned to continue working on new material, with the caveat that "if it doesn't sound good, we don't put the machine into record",[76] and in October 2006, he announced that the band would start rehearsing and recording an album in January 2007.[77]


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.[78] 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, mainstream 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 to Mojo Magazine; and Santiago, as mentioned above, listened to 1970s and 1980s (bands such as Hüsker Dü) punk and David Bowie.[12] Deal's musical background was country; she had formed a country band with her sister in her teenager years. Folk music has influenced the Pixies; Francis often listened to Larry Norman, and the band famously requested a bassist that was "into Peter, Paul and Mary", a folk trio. The Beatles were an English rock group from Liverpool. ... James Newell Osterberg, Jr. ... country music, see Country music (disambiguation) In popular music, country music, also called country and western music or country-western, is an amalgam of popular musical forms developed in the Southern United States, with roots in traditional folk music, Celtic music, blues, gospel music, and old-time music that began...


Other media such as film has had an impact on the Pixies. For example, Francis cite surrealist films Eraserhead and Un Chien Andalou (as mentioned in "Debaser") as influences.[12][79] 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.[80] He claimed the band members were "surrealists" in an interview to Melody Maker:[81] Eraserhead (released in France as The Labyrinth Man) is a 1977 film written and directed by David Lynch and starring Jack Nance. ... Un chien andalou (An Andalusian Dog in English) is a 16 minute surrealist short film made in France by Luis Buñuel (Writer/Director) and Salvador Dalí in 1929. ...

   
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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.
   
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Composition and songwriting

Most of the Pixies songs were written, sung and composed by Francis, whose songwriting style was characterized by a focus on Biblical violence ("Dead"), and incest ("The Holiday Song"). He later commented on this in an interview to Melody Maker:[82]

   
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It's all those characters in the Old Testament. I'm obsessed with them. Why it comes out so much I don't know.
   
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However, he wrote about other offbeat subjects — such as the sea ("Where Is My Mind?" and "Wave of Mutilation") and nuclear bombs ("Here Comes Your Man"). In the band's early works (the Come On Pilgrim era), he included references to Christian themes ("Levitate Me"). However, 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"). Francis continued to explore these themes in his later solo work. Image File history File links Cquote1. ... NOTE: Judaism commonly uses the term Tanakh, but not Old Testament, because it does not recognize the New Testament as a continuation or completion of the Jewish bible. ... Image File history File links Cquote2. ... For a scientific theory point of view, see extraterrestrial life. ...


Deal contributed songs such as "Gigantic", "Into the White" and "Silver" and wrote the band's latest composition, "Bam Thwok"; she sung lead vocals on her songs. Bam Thwok was the first new recording by bostonian band The Pixies since their break up in 1993. ...


The band also recorded several covers, mostly as a nod to the artist's influence on their work. The band covered "In Heaven (The Lady in the Radiator Song)" (from Eraserhead), which was released as a B-side — and covered "Wild Honey Pie" from The Beatles' White Album in a Peel session. The band covered songs from two rock songwriters, Warren Zevon ("Ain't That Pretty At All" in 2004 – their second recording since their reunion) and Leonard Cohen ("I Can't Forget"). Wild Honey Pie is a short song written by Paul McCartney, but credited to Lennon-McCartney. ... The Beatles were an English rock group from Liverpool. ... The White Album redirects here. ...


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.[83] 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[84] bass and Lovering, the drummer, plays a five-piece white Pro Prestige custom drumkit.[85] Rock group (or later rock band) is a generic name to describe a group of musicians specializing in a particular form of electronically amplified music. ... It has been suggested that Fender Telecaster Plus be merged into this article or section. ... 2005 Mustang 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 guitar was introduced in 1962. ... The Marshall Logo Marshall Amplification is a British company which designs and manufactures electric guitar amplifiers. ... A collection of Vox AC30 amplifiers The Vox AC30 is a guitar amplifier manufactured by Vox. ... An amplifier head An instrument amplifier is an electronic amplifier designed for use with an electric or electronic musical instrument, such as an electric guitar. ... The Gibson Les Paul signature model is among the most recognized solid-body electric guitar designs. ... The Gibson ES-335 was the worlds first commercial semi-hollowbody electric guitar, released by Gibson Guitar Corporation in 1958. ... The Fender Precision Bass, known as P-bass for short, is an early model of the electric bass designed by Clarence Leonidas Fender on the electronics and his team crafting the body and neck, and brought to market in 1951. ... Music Man Stingray is an electric bass guitar by Music Man, introduced in 1976. ...


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,[86][87] "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 or thereminvox (originally pronounced but often anglicized as [1]) 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):[12] Smells Like Teen Spirit is a song by the American grunge band, Nirvana. ...

   
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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.
   
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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.[88] Cover songs and commentary from artists and groups such as David Bowie,[89] Radiohead, U2, Nirvana and critics such as Graham Linehan[9] attest to the appreciation of the band by musicians and critics alike.[90] Bob Mould (from Hüsker Dü, who the Pixies cited as an influence) said he "was a huge Pixies fan" and Thom Yorke (of Radiohead), after being informed of the Pixies plans to play before them at the Coachella Festival, exclaimed: Image File history File links Cquote1. ... The Velvet Underground (sometimes abbreviated as The Velvets or VU) was an American rock band first active from 1965 to 1973. ... Image File history File links Cquote2. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article may require cleanup. ... Radiohead are an English rock band from Oxfordshire. ... U2 is an Irish rock band formed in Dublin, featuring Bono (Paul David Hewson) on vocals, rhythm guitar and harmonica; The Edge (David Howell Evans) on lead guitar, keyboards and backing vocals; Adam Clayton on bass guitar; and Larry Mullen, Jr. ... Nirvana was a popular rock band from Aberdeen, Washington, United States. ... Graham Linehan Graham Linehan (born 1969) is an Irish writer who, often in partnership with Arthur Mathews, has written - or written for - a number of popular British comedies. ... Bob Mould (b. ... Hüsker Dü was an influential rock music group from Minneapolis-St. ... Thomas Edward Yorke (born October 7, 1968 in Wellingborough, Northamptonshire, England) is best known as the lead singer of the English alternative rock band Radiohead. ... Radiohead are an English rock band from Oxfordshire. ... 2005 Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival The Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival is an annual event held at the Empire Polo Fields in Indio, California featuring musical performances by a number of artists on different stages, showings of independent films, and a number of displays of contemporary art. ...

   
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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!
   
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Yorke said in the same Coachella Festival that, while at school, "the Pixies had changed my life". Other members of Radiohead have cited Pixies 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." Image File history File links Cquote1. ... Image File history File links Cquote2. ...


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, who 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.[9]


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:[9][91] Rolling Stone is an American magazine devoted to music, politics and popular culture. ...

   
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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.
   
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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 Rivers Cuomo (the lead singer), in an Addicted To Noise interview, said that the band "really blew my mind when I first moved to L.A. and started to discover cool music." Damon Albarn (of the band Blur) said: "When we started we wanted to sound like the Pixies."[9] The number of tribute albums recorded gives backing to their position as a major influence in modern alternative rock music. Image File history File links Cquote1. ... Image File history File links Cquote2. ... Weezer is a rock band from Los Angeles, California. ... Where Is My Mind? is a tribute album by various artists as a tribute to the Pixies. ... Rivers Cuomo Rivers Cuomo (born June 13, 1970), is a singer, songwriter and guitarist. ... Albarn performing at a Blur concert. ... Cover of Blur: The Best Of - Clockwise from top left: Coxon, James, Rowntree, Albarn Blur is the name of a British rock band. ... // Studio albums Compilations and tributes Tributes to the Pixies Singles Categories: | ...


In popular culture

The Pixies' music, despite never reaching great mainstream popularity, is frequently found in popular culture. Many TV shows, movies, and video games have made use of Pixies songs. The most prominent appearance of a Pixies song was the use of "Where Is My Mind?" as the exit music to the popular film Fight Club. Mainstream is, generally, the common current of thought of the majority. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ...


"I've Been Tired" can be heard in the background in the movie Unbreakable. The movie The United States of Leland features both "Gigantic" and "Hang Wire" as background music. "Where Is My Mind?" has been used in the movie The Weather Man, in an episode of Veronica Mars and the Mars Exploration Rover Spirit "woke up" to the song after a memory reformat and software upgrade.[92] This page refers to Unbreakable the film. ... The United States of Leland is a 2004 dramatic movie by director Matthew Ryan Hoge about a meek teenaged boy named Leland P. Fitzgerald who has inexplicably committed a shocking murder. ... The Weather Man is a 2005 comedy drama, starring Nicolas Cage and Michael Caine, about David Spritz (Cage), a very successful weatherman on a Chicago news program, who is seen by both others and himself as a failure in all areas of life outside his career. ... Veronica Mars is an American teen drama/mystery-neo-noir series which premiered on UPN on September 22, 2004, airing its first two seasons on the network before changing on October 3, 2006 to The CW Television Network. ... Artists Concept of Rover on Mars (credit: Maas Digital LLC) NASAs 2003 Mars Exploration Rover (MER) Mission is an ongoing unmanned Mars exploration mission, commenced in 2003, that sent two robotic rovers Spirit and Opportunity to explore the Martian surface and geology. ... The mission patch for Spirit, featuring Marvin the Martian. ...


"Debaser" is featured in the soundtrack for video game NCAA Football 06 (though all references to "slicing up eyeballs" have been edited out), the song is also played during the opening credits of the movie Haiku Tunnel and in an episode of The O.C.. "Tame" was used in a TV advertisement by Smirnoff. "Wave Of Mutilation (UK Surf)" is included on the soundtrack of the movie Pump Up The Volume. Both "La La Love You" and "Here Comes Your Man" are played in the movie Stuck on You. "Here Comes Your Man" appears in the films My Girl, and Deuce Bigalow: European Gigolo . "Monkey Gone to Heaven" has been used in the movie Grosse Pointe Blank, and in a Gilmore Girls episode. Pixies' cover of The Surftones' "Cecilia Ann" is played over the opening sequence of Noah Baumbach's 1995 film Kicking and Screaming. "Rock Music" ends the premiere episode of the television series Criminal Minds. [93] NCAA Football 06, known colloquially as College Football 2006, or NC-Double A 2K6 is a collegiate American football video game which was released on July 11, 2005. ... Haiku Tunnel is an office comedy about the stuggle between tempness and permness (temporary and permenent) made by Sony Pictures Classics. ... The O.C. is an American television comedy-drama program broadcast on the FOX Network in the US and on various networks around the world. ... Various Smirnoff products Plastic 473ml Smirnoff Ice no76, bottled in Toronto. ... Pump Up the Volume (1990) is a dramedy written and directed by Allan Moyle and starring Christian Slater and Samantha Mathis. ... Stuck On You is a 2003 Farrelly brothers comedy film starring Matt Damon and Greg Kinnear. ... My Girl is a 1991 coming-of-age dramatic comedy starring Dan Aykroyd, Jamie Lee Curtis, Macaulay Culkin and Anna Chlumsky. ... Grosse Pointe Blank is an 1997 American movie comedy, directed by George Armitage, and starrring John Cusack and Minnie Driver. ... Gilmore Girls is an hour-long American television drama/comedy that has aired since 2000. ... 1950s, 1960s The Astronauts The Atlantics The Beach Boys The Bel-Airs Bruce & Terry Al Casey The Challengers The Chantays The Clee-Shays Jerry Cole Dick Dale Eddie & the Showmen The Fantastic Baggys The Honeys The Impacts Jan & Dean Bruce Johnston The Lively Ones Marketts Terry Melcher Mr. ... An independent film writer-director, Noah Baumbach was born in 1969 and raised in Brooklyn. ... Kicking and Screaming (1995) is a film by Noah Baumbach. ...


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.[94][95] Image File history File links PixiesVelouriaVideo. ... Image File history File links PixiesVelouriaVideo. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... 120 Minutes logo 120 Minutes was a television show dedicated to alternative and indie music. ... 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 a developed a severe aversion to recording music videos (Francis refused to lip-sync to them).[96] This became, according to the record label, one of the reasons that the Pixies never achieved major coverage on MTV.[96] Lip-sync or Lip-synch (short for lip synchronization) is a technical term for matching lip movements with voice. ... MTV (Music Television) is a cable television network headquartered in New York City. ...


"Velouria" video

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 that only singles with videos could be performed on the show. To counter this a cheap video was made, the band being filmed running down a quarry.[96] The UK Singles Chart is compiled by the Official UK Charts Company on behalf of the music industry. ... Top of the Pops was a long-running British music chart television programme and indeed the longest-running music show in the world shown each week on BBC and now licensed for national versions around the world. ... The British Broadcasting Corporation, invariably known as the BBC (and also informally known as the Beeb or Auntie) is the largest broadcasting corporation in the world. ...


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.[97] 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.[98] In fact, the band never appeared on the show.


Awards and achievements

Although the band 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.[99] The Pixies also won acclaim from alternative music publications for their records:

  • Sounds - Album of the Year - Bossanova - 1990[100]
  • Melody Maker - Runner up Album of the Year - Doolittle - 1989[101]
  • Melody Maker - Single of the Year - "Monkey Gone To Heaven" - 1989
  • Sounds - Runner up Album of the Year - - Doolittle - 1989
  • Melody Maker - Album of the Year - Surfer Rosa - 1988
  • Sounds - Album of the Year: Surfer Rosa - 1988[102]

Discography

Main article: Pixies discography

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Studio records

These are the studio records that were released in the United Kingdom and United States:[103]

Title Release Date Label
Come On Pilgrim October 1987 4AD
Surfer Rosa March 21 1988 4AD
Doolittle April 17 1989 4AD (UK)/Elektra (US)
Bossanova August 13 1990 4AD (UK)/Elektra (US)
Trompe le Monde October 7 1991 4AD (UK)/Elektra (US)

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Singles

Year Title Album
1988 "Gigantic" Surfer Rosa
1989 "Here Comes Your Man" Doolittle
1989 "Monkey Gone to Heaven" Doolittle
1990 "Dig for Fire" Bossanova
1990 "Allison" Bossanova
1990 "Velouria" Bossanova
1991 "Planet of Sound" Trompe le Monde
1991 "Letter to Memphis" Trompe le Monde
1991 "Alec Eiffel" Trompe le Monde
1991 "Head On" Trompe le Monde
1997 "Debaser (Studio)" Death to the Pixies
1997 "Debaser (Live)" Death to the Pixies
2004 "Bam Thwok" (Internet single)

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Samples

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See also

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Notes and references

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  2. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas, All Music Guide. American Alternative Rock/Post-Punk. Retrieved on 2006-05-20.
  3. ^ a b Francis, Black. Lyrics. "The Happening." Bossanova. LP. 4AD 1990.
  4. ^ Francis, Black. Lyrics. "Broken Face." Surfer Rosa. LP. 4AD 1988.
  5. ^ Francis, Black. Lyrics. "Dead." Doolittle. LP. 4AD 1988.
  6. ^ a b c Stephen Thomas Erlewine. Pixies > Biography. Retrieved on 2006-09-10.
  7. ^ Jacqueline Hodges, BBC (2004-05-03). Rock & Alt Review - The Pixies - Wave of Mutilation. Retrieved on 2006-10-18.. Particularly this quote, "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."
  8. ^ Melody Maker (1992-08-29). Kurt Cobain on Pixies and The Breeders. Retrieved on 2006-09-02.
  9. ^ a b c d e Jean-Michel Biel, Christophe Gourraud. They Said About the Pixies.... Retrieved on 2006-09-11.
  10. ^ Jean-Michel Biel, Christophe Gourraud. Homages to the Pixies. Retrieved on 2006-08-28.
  11. ^ The university was the theme of the song, "U-Mass", on Trompe le Monde
  12. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m 4AD. Pixies Profile. Retrieved on 2006-08-13.
  13. ^ His Spanish later improved, and several Pixies songs contained Spanish lyrics, most notably in Come On Pilgrim
  14. ^ The unnamed roommate in question was the subject of a later song, "Crackity Jones", from Doolittle.
  15. ^ Sisario, Ben. Doolittle 33⅓. Continuum, 2006. ISBN 0826417744 p. 12-13
  16. ^ Frank, Josh; Ganz, Caryn. "Fool the World: The Oral History of a Band Called Pixies." (2006). ISBN 0312340079. p. 14
  17. ^ Frank, Ganz, 2006. p. 15
  18. ^ Sisario, 2006. p. 14
  19. ^ Jean-Michel Biel, Christophe Gourraud. A Pixies History. Retrieved on 2006-08-29.
  20. ^ Frank, Ganz, 2006. p. 18
  21. ^ Sisario, 2006. p. 8-9
  22. ^ Dag Wieërs. Pixies/Debaser — Trivia. Retrieved on 2006-09-10.
  23. ^ a b Jean-Michel Biel, Christophe Gourraud. Pixies Titles/Names. Retrieved on 2006-09-18.
  24. ^ Sisario, 2006. p. 9
  25. ^ Pixies - The Band (2001-11-21). Retrieved on 2006-10-21.
  26. ^ Gary Smith wrote a retrospect for the liner notes of the Death to the Pixies compilation
  27. ^ The official profile states 18 tracks were recorded, but only 17 are printed on the Purple Tape
  28. ^ Sisario, 2006. p. 16
  29. ^ Sisario, 2006. p. 17
  30. ^ An album was later released, entitled Pixies, containing the songs from the Purple Tape that were not later released on Come on Pilgrim. Pixies also contained a new track, "Rock A My Soul", which was never released on any album.
  31. ^ "Isla de Encanta" is an alteration of the island's nickname, "Isla del Encanto" ("Isle of Enchantment").
  32. ^ Sisario, 2006. p. 18
  33. ^ Frank, Ganz, 2006. p. 75
  34. ^ Azerrad, Michael. Come As You Are: The Story of Nirvana. Doubleday, 1993. ISBN 0385471998, p. 313
  35. ^ Francis, Black. Lyrics. "Bone Machine." Surfer Rosa. LP. 4AD 1988.
  36. ^ "Broken Face" is another Spanish-themed song, with erratic lead guitar from Santiago and pseudo-falsetto vocals from Francis present in the song
  37. ^ a b Julian White and Q Magazine. A Selection of Lists From Q Magazine. Retrieved on 2006-08-11.
  38. ^ However, "Gigantic" failed to chart in the USA, and only reached #92 in the UK
  39. ^ Frank, Ganz, 2006. p. 94
  40. ^ Jean-Michel Biel, Christophe Gourraud. Pixies Radio 1 Sessions. Retrieved on 2006-09-02. Note the webpage was written before the release of Pixies at the BBC.
  41. ^ Sisario, 2006. p. 47
  42. ^ Frank, Ganz, 2006. p. 118-9
  43. ^ In the video to "Here Comes Your Man", the band open their mouths while the vocals on the song are being sung
  44. ^ 4AD. 4AD — Pixies Profile Page 2. Retrieved on 2006-08-31.
  45. ^ Deal was credited for the first time as "Kim Deal" on Doolittle
  46. ^ The only other lead vocals Lovering sung were on "Make Believe", a B-side
  47. ^ RIAA - Gold and Platinum searchable database. Retrieved on 2006-09-17.
  48. ^ Rolling Stone Magazine (2003-11-18). The RS 500 Greatest Albums of All Time. Retrieved on 2006-08-23.
  49. ^ Frank, Ganz, 2006. p. 132
  50. ^ HELLO GOODBYE 9: JOEY SANTIAGO & THE PIXIES. Retrieved on 2006-09-12.
  51. ^ The Pixies: Quotes. Retrieved on 2006-08-14.
  52. ^ Francis, Black. Lyrics. "Down To The Well." Bossanova. LP. 4AD 1990.
  53. ^ Francis, Black. Lyrics. "Velouria." Bossanova. LP. 4AD 1990.
  54. ^ The Pixies: Quotes. Retrieved on 2006-08-27.
  55. ^ Trompe Le Monde reviews. Retrieved on 2006-08-20.
  56. ^ Francis, Black. Lyrics. "Planet of Sound." Trompe Le Monde). LP. 4AD 1991.
  57. ^ During this time, Deal returned to the Breeders, who released their EP Safari.
  58. ^ NME (1993-01-23). PIXIES' BOSSA SAYS IT'S NOVA!. Retrieved on 2006-10-05.
  59. ^ Sisario, 2006. p. 7
  60. ^ Scully, Alan (2005-06-01). Once more, the Pixies. Retrieved on 2006-08-22.
  61. ^ The Amps: Pacer. Retrieved on 2006-09-19.
  62. ^ David Lovering—Scientific Phenomenalist. Retrieved on 2006-09-13.
  63. ^ Charles Douglas - STATECRAFT. Retrieved on 2006-09-13.
  64. ^ The Martinis. Retrieved on 2006-09-13.
  65. ^ Troy Carpenter and Jonathan Cohen, Billboard (2003-09-10). Pixies To Reform In April?. Retrieved on 2006-10-02.
  66. ^ Pixies : Minneapolis Fine Line Music Cafe. Retrieved on 2006-09-10.
  67. ^ Pixies 2004 Tour Dates. Retrieved on 2006-09-23.
  68. ^ Pixies top UK download chart. Retrieved on 2006-09-10.
  69. ^ Weezer Rock Lollapalooza:Pixies. Retrieved on 2006-09-10.
  70. ^ Sasquatch! Music Festival Lineup Announced. Retrieved on 2006-09-10.
  71. ^ Pixies Unplug for Newport Folk Festival. Retrieved on 2006-09-10.
  72. ^ Pixies Supported By Idlewild At 'T On The Fringe'. Retrieved on 2006-09-10. Also has a complete list of the band's summer 2004 tour dates
  73. ^ Pixies to Make First Album in 14 Years]. Retrieved on 2006-09-17.
  74. ^ Gary Graff, Billboard (2006-06-19). Black Bags Penning Pixie-Esque Songs. Retrieved on 2006-10-09.
  75. ^ Pixies Will Never Record Again. Retrieved on 2006-09-17.
  76. ^ Pixies to Play with New Material. Retrieved on 2006-09-17.
  77. ^ NME. Pixies to begin work on new album. Retrieved on 2006-10-25.
  78. ^ The Pixies - Profile and Biography. Retrieved on 2006-09-30.
  79. ^ Pixies - Debaser. Retrieved on 2006-10-01.
  80. ^ Sisario, 2006. p. 29
  81. ^ Sisario, 2006. p. 27
  82. ^ Sisario, 2006. p. 18
  83. ^ guitargeek. guitargeek: Frank Black of the Pixies. Retrieved on 2006-09-10.
  84. ^ Bill Leigh, Bass Player (11 2004). Bass Player — The Pixies' Kim Deal. Retrieved on 2006-09-01.
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  86. ^ susykat (05 2004). Theremin-mania!. Retrieved on 2006-09-12.
  87. ^ A theremin is an uncommon instrument in alternative rock
  88. ^ For example, a Pixies documentary loudQUIETloud, is named after their trademark dynamics.
  89. ^ Bowie later covered the song Cactus from Surfer Rosa in his album, Heathen
  90. ^ PIXIES SELL OUT Live-In-Concert DVD. Retrieved on 2006-09-09.
  91. ^ BBC Entertainment — The Pixies: Rock's comeback kings. Retrieved on 2006-08-11.
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  95. ^ Matthew Broszkowski. pixies video downloads. Retrieved on 2006-10-01.
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  97. ^ Jean-Michel Biel, Christophe Gourraud. The Pixies In Video. Retrieved on 2006-10-01.
  98. ^ Andy Barding (2004-06-07). The Pixies And Me. Retrieved on 2006-10-17.
  99. ^ Ken Capobianco - The Boston Globe. Music Awards celebrate songs, not celebrities. Retrieved on 2006-10-01.
  100. ^ Sounds List. Retrieved on 2006-10-01.
  101. ^ Melody Maker Lists The '70's & '80's. Retrieved on 2006-10-01.
  102. ^ Note that both Melody Maker and Sounds are both defunct
  103. ^ Dag Wieërs. Pixies/Debaser - Timeline. Retrieved on 2006-09-16.

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October 1 is the 274th day of the year (275th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar. ... 2006 (MMVI) is a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... October 1 is the 274th day of the year (275th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar. ... 2006 (MMVI) is a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... October 1 is the 274th day of the year (275th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar. ... 2006 (MMVI) is a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... October 17 is the 290th day of the year (291st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 2006 (MMVI) is a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... October 1 is the 274th day of the year (275th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar. ... 2006 (MMVI) is a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... October 1 is the 274th day of the year (275th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar. ... 2006 (MMVI) is a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... October 1 is the 274th day of the year (275th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar. ... 2006 (MMVI) is a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... September 16 is the 259th day of the year (260th in leap years). ...

Further reading

  • Frank, Josh; Ganz, Caryn. "Fool the World: The Oral History of a Band Called Pixies." (2006). ISBN 0312340079
  • 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 0826417744.

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Singles: "Gigantic" | "Monkey Gone to Heaven" | "Here Comes Your Man" | "Velouria" | "Dig for Fire" | "Planet of Sound" | "Alec Eiffel" | "Head On" | "Debaser" | "Bam Thwok"
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