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Indie legends the Pixies set to reform
They were arguably the most exciting American rock band of the 1980s. Kurt Cobain freely admitted that Nirvana stole their style of hushed verses and loud, primal choruses. Now it appears as though indie guitar legends the Pixies are set to reform for a live tour and a possible album in 2004.
Hailing from Boston, Massachusetts, the Pixies were formed in 1986 by frontman Black Francis and guitarist Joey Santiago. Bassist Kim Deal and drummer Dave Lovering completed the line-up and their debut album, Come on Pilgrim, was released the following year.
Critical plaudits came with the arrival of the savage 1988 album Surfer Rosa, while its more polished follow-up, 1989′s Doolittle, broke out of the indie ghetto to reach No 3 in the UK album charts. The band released a further two albums – Bossanova (1990) and Trompe le Monde (1991) – before an acrimonious split in 1992.
Ironically, the Pixies broke up at the same time that the brand of indie rock which they had largely spawned broke through into the popular mainstream. The 1991 release of Nirvana’s Nevermind, in particular, introduced Pixies-style grunge to the masses, while Kurt Cobain’s uniform of scuffed jeans and flannel shirts was identical to Black Francis’s on-stage image.
Since the band’s demise, Black Francis has embarked on a fitfully successful solo career in the guise of Frank Black while Kim Deal has cropped up infrequently as bassist and singer in the Breeders. But the band members recently revealed that they have continued to practise together and the personality clashes of the early 90s appear to have been patched up.
Earlier this week, MTV quoted an unnamed spokesman for the band who confirmed that the Pixies are to reform for a series of live dates in April 2004. The source added that a subsequent album was also a distinct possibility. As yet, there is no word as to whether the band will perform in the UK.