With Leg One of Pixies’ 2017 North American tour sold out, and the five-week Leg Two set to kick off on September 19, Pixies…Read More
Combining jagged, roaring guitars and stop-start dynamics with melodic pop hooks, intertwining male-female harmonies, and evocative, cryptic lyrics, the Pixies were one of the most influential American alternative rock bands of the late ’80s. the Pixies weren’t accomplished musicians — Black Francis wailed and bashed out chords while Joey Santiago’s lead guitar squealed out spirals of noise. But the bandmembers were inventive, rabid rock fans who turned conventions inside out, melding punk and indie guitar rock, classic pop, surf rock, and stadium-sized riffs with singer/guitarist Black Francis’ bizarre, fragmented lyrics about space, religion, sex, mutilation, and pop culture; while the meaning of his lyrics may have been impenetrable, the music was direct and forceful.
the Pixies’ busy, brief songs, extreme dynamics, and subversion of pop song structures proved one of the touchstones of ’90s alternative rock. From grunge to Brit-pop, the Pixies’ shadow loomed large — it’s hard to imagine Nirvana without the Pixies’ signature stop-start dynamics and lurching, noisy guitar solos. While the Pixies were touted as the band to bring indie rock into the mainstream, they simply laid the groundwork for the alternative explosion of the early ’90s. MTV was reluctant to play their videos, while even modern rock radio didn’t put their singles into regular rotation. Furthermore, tensions between leader Black Francis and bassist/vocalist Kim Deal, who wanted to incorporate her songs into the band’s repertoire, crippled the band’s progress. By the time Nirvana broke the doors down for alternative rock in 1992, the Pixies were effectively broken up.
the Pixies were formed in Boston, Massachusetts in 1986 by Charles Thompson and his roommate Joey Santiago. Born in Massachusetts and constantly shuttling between there and California, Thompson began playing music as a teenager, before he moved to the East Coast for good during high school. Following graduation, he became an anthropology major at the University of Massachusetts. Halfway through his studies at the college, he went to Puerto Rico to study Spanish, and after six months he decided to move back to the U.S. to form a band. Thompson dropped out of school and moved to Boston, managing to persuade Santiago to join him. Advertising in a music paper for a bassist who liked “Hüsker Dü and Peter, Paul & Mary,” the duo recruited Kim Deal (who was billed as Mrs. John Murphey on the group’s first two records), who had previously played with her twin sister Kelly in the folk-rock garage band the Breeders in her hometown of Dayton, Ohio. On the advice of Deal, the group recruited drummer David Lovering. Inspired by Iggy Pop, Thompson picked the stage name Black Francis and the group named itself the Pixies after Santiago randomly flipped through the dictionary.
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To celebrate its 25th anniversary, 4AD will release PIXIES: Doolittle 25, a deluxe, three-disc package that brings together for the first time all the album’s B-sides, Peel Sessions and demos from the time, along with the original album. Nearly half of the tracks on this album are being commercially released for the first time. Set for a December 2nd, 2014 in-store date, Pixies: Doolittle 25 will be available in CD and all digital formats:Read More
ROUGH TRADE announce “Field Day 2014” 2CD, available from Rough Trade Shops from May 19th, on-site at Field Day 2014 and on general sale from June 2nd, some of the artists The Pixies, Horrors, and WarpaintRead More
A lot has happened in the time since Pixies last put out a record. In the 23 years since a long player has surfaced with the Boston band’s name emblazoned across it, we’ve succumbed to Facebook, iTunes transformed,Read More
The first festival shows for newly reformed British band Slowdive, New Yorkers Television with their master piece “Marquee Moon”, Spoon’s effervescent pop, who have a new record, the third reincarnation of Slint claiming their crucial role in the appearance of slowcore,Read More