Forming in Boston in the mid-1980s, the Pixies are one of the most influential alternative
rock bands in the genre's history. Frontman Black Francis, also known as Frank Black, has a vocal sound that has become part
of the definition of alt rock and is evident in the bands' biggest hits like "Where is My Mind?" and "Debaser." The band never
reached the mainstream success they richly deserved, but can be described as a band's band. They have influenced such musical
icons as Radiohead, U2 and Nirvana. Through breakups and solo ventures, the Pixies have always come back together.
they are back out on tour—together once again—showing their fans that they still have what it takes to be a show-stopping
band. They have a new EP out entitled EP1, and their single "Bagboy" has become a hit with alternative rock fans. The Pixies
are back on top and touring the country performing their latest music and their greatest hits. They are sharing the stage
with groups like The Muffs, the guitarist from The Pandoras, and vocalist Kim Shattuck who has stepped in to replace founding
member Kim Deal. They are making stops in Michigan, Colorado, Missouri and even British Columbia. The band has as much energy
on stage as they did two decades ago, and they are ready to bring the house down with their new music and their classic rock
Although the Pixies never had commercial success to the degree of other alternative rock
bands, their powerful songs and amazing stage presence have made them an icon in the music business. Countless bands have
named the Pixies as one of their main musical influences. They were partly responsible for the alternative rock boom of the
1990s. Some have said that if the band had not been there to fan the flame of interest in the relatively new genre, then alternative
rock would not be the genre it is today. Their ability to combine soft, whispery vocals with explosive choruses has made them
the ruler in which other bands are measured. Bands like Radiohead, U2 and Nirvana, as well as artists like David Bowie and
Weezer have cited this influential band as their inspiration for getting into the alternative rock business.
Kurt Cobain once said that his iconic song "Smells Like Teen Spirit" was an intentional copy of the Pixies' style. It's obvious
that this band has cemented their iconic status in the musical history books, and still has a lot to teach the alternative
About the Artist
In the early 1980s, Joey Santiago and Black Francis were just neighbors in
a dorm at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Even though Santiago was serious about his studies, he heard Francis playing
music one day and was intrigued. The two began jamming together. And after studying abroad in Puerto Rico, Santiago decided
he was going to quit school and focus on music full time. Francis followed and the two were soon forming a band. They acquired
the talents of bassist Kim Deal through an advertisement Santiago and Francis put in the local paper. She was the only person
to respond to the ad, but had never played the bass. She learned quickly, and the group was finally coming together. But,
they needed a drummer. After unsuccessfully convincing Deal's sister to join the band, the three musicians recruited David
Lovering. Santiago chose the name "Pixies" after reading that it meant "mischievous little elves" in the dictionary. The band
finally had a name and a solid line-up, and they were ready to perform live.
The band played around the Boston area
for several months before they were discovered by producer Gary Smith from Fort Apache Studios. He told them he would not
sleep until they were famous. The band was soon producing and releasing their first 17-track demo with a little financial
help from Francis' father. They were signed by ivo Watts-Russel of the 4AD label and the Pixies were soon producing their
first mini-LP. The songs touched on subjects like world travel, Christianity, sexual frustration and incest. The subjects
of their songs caught the attention of music fans who were intrigued by these envelope-pushing musicians.
Over the next
several years, the band released two studio albums, one of which was Doolittle. The album included the song "Monkey Gone to
Heaven" that was a Top 10 hit on modern rock radio and was a Top 100 hit in the UK. Although they didn't gain widespread fame,
they developed a loyal following that continues to be devoted to the band today.
The Pixies have a career that spans
almost three decades, and have performed all over the world. Their latest album, EP1 is helping the band stay relevant in
an ever-changing world.
The Pixies never saw big commercial success like many
other alternative bands that followed them. But, they have made a name for themselves in the music world, and have captured
the attention of fans and critics everywhere. Their big break came when they released their first mini-LP. It touched on subjects
that were avoided by other musicians. But, the band played what was in their hearts, and that philosophy has served them well
in their decades of music-making.
With every guitar riff, every soft-spoken lyric, the
Pixies captivate their audience. From the first note to the last, the band captures the energy of the alternative rock music
scene. Lead singer, Black Francis still has the same energy and in-your-face attitude that he had more than 25 years ago,
which makes you feel as though you are seeing this iconic band in their heyday. With some of the band's greatest hits and
a plethora of new music to perform, the Pixies still put on a killer show.