Friday, May 30, 2008

The Pixies

Friday May 30, 2008

Today's Friday Flashback is brought to you by the little people. Especially the mischievous little people with tiny pointed ears and wings for flying.

I heart the Pixies.

The Pixies are Black Francis (born Charles Michael Kittridge Thompson IV, vocals, guitar), Joey Santiago (guitars), Kim Deal (bass guitar), and David Lovering (drums). The band was formed in 1985 while Black Francis and Joey Santiago were roommates at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. The two enjoyed the philosophical mishmash of Peter, Paul & Mary-like folk and surf punk. They put an add in a paper for a bassist who liked the folk-punk combination and Kim Deal showed up. Drummer David Lovering was referred by Kim Deal (evidently Kimmie's husband and Lovering were friends.)

Most of the songs and abstract lyrics were written by Black Francis. While in college, Francis spent 6 months in Puerto Rico as a foreign exchange student, hence the Latin undertones and Spanish lyrics displayed in many of the Pixie tunes. The Black Francis vocal style was manic, wide-eyed and wailing. Sounds dark and dismal, I know - but somehow that Black Francis was able to insert a bit of humor above it all.

Although mainstream notoriety was never achieved, the Pixies are considered the antecedent for Alternative Music as we know it today. Imagine the atrocity of Barry Manilow inspired Nirvana, My Chemical Romance influenced by Tom Jones, Death Cab For Cutie actuated by Ted Nugent, the prominence of MC Hammer in Alice in Chains, Korn impregnated by ABBA, and Interpol leveraged with a touch of Hank Williams. See. We owe it all to the Pixies.

The Pixies broke up in 1993 then regrouped in 2004 for a bit. During one of my luckier years - 2005 - the rabidrunner saw 'em in action! Good times people. Good times.

Albums released: Surfer Rosa (1988), Doolittle (1989), Bossanova (1990) and Tromp le Monde (1991).

Hearken! Where Is My Mind, Here Comes Your Man, Hey!, Vamos, and Debaser.

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