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Pixies Biography

The critically acclaimed pioneering Alternative-Rock band Pixies formed in Boston, Massachusetts USA, in 1986 by singer + guitarist Black Francis, legal name Charles Thompson and lead guitarist Joey Santiago. Kim Deal soon came aboard as bass player and the final piece of the puzzle was drummer David Lovering.

A year later the quartet released a mini-album, "Come On Pilgrim", on the British independent record label 4AD.
The band's first full-length disc, "Surfer Rosa", arrived in spring of 1988; it was widely appreciated by critics especially in Europe and in U.S. achieved gold record status despite having never appeared in the Billboard charts.

After being signed by Elektra Records, Pixies recorded "Doolittle" which started to climb the charts upon its spring 1989 release, peaking inside the top 10 in U.K. and reaching #98 on The Billboard Top 200 Albums list while the first single, "Monkey Gone To Heaven", hit #5 on The Modern Rock Tracks. The second single, "Here Comes Your Man", not only peaked at #3 on The Modern Rock chart but also helped push the album into platinum territory.

The foursome reconvened in 1990 and during the summer put out their third album, "Bossanova", which quickly catapulted into the U.K. top 3 and crested at #70 on The Billboard 200 generating two Modern Rock hit singles: "Velouria" went to #4 and "Dig For Fire" fell just shy of the top 10.

The near constant turmoil between members endangered the future of the band and in September 1991 was released a new album titled "Trompe Le Monde" which was essentially a Francis' solo effort. The CD debuted in the top 10 of the British chart and reached the #92 position on the American Billboard 200; it spawned two radio hits: "Letter To Memphis" and "Head On", which both hit #6 on The Modern Rock Tracks.
In 1993, the iconic Alternative-Rock band, decided to call it quits and part ways.

Pixies launched their reunion tour in April 2004. They continued their reunion tour in 2005 and then to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the release of their 1989's platinum album, launched the “Doolittle Tour” on October 1, 2009 in Dublin.
In June, 2013, it was announced that founding member Kim Deal had decided to leave the group. While very disappointed, Francis, Santiago and Lovering decided to keep the band going.

Latest News:

Pixies will release their first full-length album in 23 years on April 19, 2014, via their own Pixiesmusic label. Entitled "Indie Cindy", the set compiles material from their 2013's EP1 and this year's EP2 and EP3.

 

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