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The Pixies story: a noise rock historical time line

The Pixies are one of the key bands to understand the alternative rock of the nineties, having been influenced bands and musicians who would dominate that decade, such as Nirvana or Radiohead. In this timeline the history of The Pixies we can find: Black Francis, Kim Deal, Joey Santiago and David Lovering, and also the solo career of Frank Black and the side project The Breeders:


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The Pixies story in short

They are considered a cult and avant-garde band. Their noisy style, combined with pop sensibility, laid the foundations of the alternative rock of the nineties. Kurt Cobain has recognized them as a clear influence and even talked about how he tried to steal from them when composing Smells Like Teen Spirit. Other fans of the band include David Bowie (he recorded a cover of Cactus for his 2002 album Heathen) and Radiohead.

They released fundamental albums that are today regarded as masterpieces, specially Surfer Rosa (1987) and Doolittle (1989). They went to release two more records before disbanding.

In 1990, with the growing tensions within the band, Kim Deal decided to start a side project with his sister Kelley Deal. The band was called The Breeders and after their debut entitled Pod (1990), in 1993 they got a minor hit with the song Cannonball, which belongs to their second LP Last Splash.

Because of inner tensions whithin the band, The Pixies broke up in 1993.

On his side, in 1993 Black Francis began a prolific solo career as Frank Black. Around 1998 he formed his band Frank Black and the Catholics, which lasted until 2003. After that first period of time, he began to publish works with the nickname with which he was already known with The Pixies: Black Francis. He continued releasing albums until 2011, when he reactivated the record production of his old band.

How is The Pixies  discography?

During their first era (1986 – 1993) The Pixies released the following albums:

  • Come on Pilgrim (1987)
  • Surfer Rosa (1988)
  • Doolittle (1989)
  • Bossanova (1990)
  • Trompe le Monde (1991)

Some of the most recognized songs of this first stage of The Pixies are Debaser, Where is my mind, Allison, Here comes your man, Monkey gone to heaven.

At the beginning of 1993 The Pixies split and it was not until 2004 that they reunited, yes: only for concert tours. It was in 2013, with the departure of original bassist Kim Deal, that they started producing new music again. Paz Lenchantin (A Perfect Circle, Zwan) was recruited as Deal‘s replacement in 2014 and became an official member in 2016. In their second part of their history The Pixies have released three albums to date:

  • Indie Cindy (2014)
  • Head Carrier (2016)
  • Beneath the Eyrie (2019)

These three albums are way more polished in production terms, something that many advocates of the first era of the band criticize.

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