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The Pixies Biography

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Birth Place: Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Years Active: 1986–1993, 2004–present
Genres: Alternative Rock, Indie, Avant-garde Rock, College Rock, Post-punk

The Pixies are an American alternative rock band that formed in Boston, Massachusetts in 1986. The group consists of Black Francis (vocals, guitar), Joey Santiago (guitar), Kim Deal (bass guitar, vocals), and David Lovering (drums). While the Pixies found only modest success in their home country, they were significantly more successful in the United Kingdom and elsewhere in Europe, although never achieved prolonged mainstream success with their studio albums. The group disbanded in 1993 in acrimonious circumstances but reunited in 2004.

Following their 1987 demo tape, the band signed to the English independent record label 4AD. They released “Come On Pilgrim,” comprising eight songs from their demo tape, in October 1987.

Their first full-length album, “Surfer Rosa,” was released in 1988 on 4AD. However, “Surfer Rosa” did not see wide distribution in the United States.

The Pixies agreed to a U.S. distribution deal with Elektra Records before releasing their third album, “Doolittle” in 1989. Pixies released two singles from “Doolittle,” "Here Comes Your Man" and "Monkey Gone to Heaven", both of which were chart successes on the US Modern Rock Tracks chart. The album itself reached number eight on the UK Albums Chart.

“Doolittle” was certified gold by the RIAA in 1995 and to date best estimates put total sales in America at between 800,000 and one million copies.

They released “Bossanova” (1990) and “Trompe le Monde” (1991) and shortly thereafter broke up.

In late 2003 a press release from Black's publicist officially confirmed that a reunion would occur in early 2004. The 2004 reunion tour reportedly grossed over $14 million in ticket sales. In June 2004, the band released a new single, "Bam Thwok."