Artist Name: Pixies

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PixiesPixies are an American alternative rock band which formed in Boston, Massachusetts, United States in 1986. The band consists of Charles (Black Francis) Thompson IV (vocals, guitar; also known as ''Frank Black''), Joey Santiago (lead guitar), David Lovering (drums) and Paz Lenchantin (bass, vocals). Until 2013, the band also featured Kim Deal on bass and vocals. The band officially split in 1993 and reunited in 2004. They went on hiatus in 2007, with each band member pursuing projects of their own, only to reunite in 2009, with the announcement of a new tour commencing in Europe that summer.

Although quite popular on alternative rock radio in the United States due to heavy airplay of the singles "Monkey Gone to Heaven" and "Here Comes Your Man", they were never widely popular there, but found success in Europe, especially in the UK (where they managed three top 40 singles "Velouria", "Planet of Sound" and a re-release of "Debaser") and Belgium and the Netherlands, where they were heavily broadcasted by alternative public radio.

The band's style of alternative rock music is heavily influenced by punk and surf rock, and while highly melodic, is capable of being tremendously abrasive at the same time. Francis is the Pixies' primary songwriter and singer and has a distinctly desperate, yowling delivery. He has typically written cryptic songs about offbeat subjects, such as UFOs and surrealism. References to mental instability, violent Biblical imagery, and physical injury feature in many of the band's songs.

The group is frequently posited as the immediate forebear of the alternative rock boom of the 1990s, though they disbanded before reaping any of the benefits this might have brought them. Avowed fan Kurt Cobain's acknowledgement of the debt Nirvana owed to the Pixies, along with similar tributes by other alternative bands, ensured that the Pixies' legacy and influence grew substantially in the years following their demise.

In 1993, during an interview with BBC Radio 5, Black Francis announced that the band had split - something he had not told his bandmates. After the interview, he called Santiago, who in turn faxed Deal and Lovering the news the next morning. After the split, Black Francis inverted his stage name to Frank Black and embarked on a successful solo career, while Deal resumed her role in The Breeders with her identical twin sister Kelley. In 2004, the band reunited for a tour - documented in the film loudQUIETloud - and released a new single, "Bam Thwok" that summer. In 2007, Black Francis (now going by that name again) stated in an interview that the reunion was "done" even though the members remain in good terms with each other. In later interviews however, he began to mention that he might be willing to record another Pixies album. Nonetheless, Francis has returned to his solo career and Deal to the Breeders, both of which released albums and toured in 2008. Lovering and Santiago, meanwhile, set up their own project, a band called Everybody.

In order to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the release of Doolittle, Pixies launched a tour in October 2009, on which they perform all the album's songs and B-sides. In the autumn of 2011 the "Lost Cities" tour continued the "Doolittle Tour" as they played many venues for the first time.

Top Track of Atist: Pixies

Where Is My Mind? - Pixies

Where Is My Mind?

1,050,791
9,115,376
Monkey Gone to Heaven - Pixies

Monkey Gone to Heaven

766,391
4,174,738
Here Comes Your Man - Pixies

Here Comes Your Man

653,737
4,529,991
Debaser - Pixies

Debaser

593,361
3,914,117
Hey - Pixies

Hey

566,425
4,013,342
Wave of Mutilation - Pixies

Wave of Mutilation

484,278
2,997,524
Tame - Pixies

Tame

394,945
2,259,204
Bone Machine - Pixies

Bone Machine

392,548
2,005,081
Gigantic - Pixies

Gigantic

391,390
2,217,918
Gouge Away - Pixies

Gouge Away

389,182
2,367,165
Broken Face - Pixies

Broken Face

326,171
1,543,754
La La Love You - Pixies

La La Love You

323,013
1,642,121
I Bleed - Pixies

I Bleed

310,013
1,651,655
Dead - Pixies

Dead

295,145
1,521,405
Velouria - Pixies

Velouria

281,994
1,432,292
Crackity Jones - Pixies

Crackity Jones

279,329
1,423,044
Caribou - Pixies

Caribou

278,497
1,364,747
Break My Body - Pixies

Break My Body

276,654
1,262,018
Vamos - Pixies

Vamos

271,870
1,326,110
There Goes My Gun - Pixies

There Goes My Gun

268,104
1,279,283
Mr. Grieves - Pixies

Mr. Grieves

266,217
1,357,399
No. 13 Baby - Pixies

No. 13 Baby

260,921
1,172,841
Something Against You - Pixies

Something Against You

259,648
1,132,519
Dig for Fire - Pixies

Dig for Fire

258,285
1,248,785
Cactus - Pixies

Cactus

257,838
1,135,754
River Euphrates - Pixies

River Euphrates

252,594
1,172,667
Silver - Pixies

Silver

241,700
1,030,953
Allison - Pixies

Allison

231,012
1,062,202
U-Mass - Pixies

U-Mass

213,553
932,328
Planet of Sound - Pixies

Planet of Sound

212,872
858,242
Tony's Theme - Pixies

Tony's Theme

208,209
848,181
Cecilia Ann - Pixies

Cecilia Ann

207,617
859,105
Brick Is Red - Pixies

Brick Is Red

207,185
770,399
Nimrod's Son - Pixies

Nimrod's Son

199,772
859,279
The Holiday Song - Pixies

The Holiday Song

199,276
806,258
Oh My Golly! - Pixies

Oh My Golly!

189,735
729,958
I'm Amazed - Pixies

I'm Amazed

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702,810
Alec Eiffel - Pixies

Alec Eiffel

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830,696
I Can't Forget - Pixies

I Can't Forget

178,304
407,720
Is She Weird - Pixies

Is She Weird

177,802
873,175
Isla de Encanta - Pixies

Isla de Encanta

170,802
686,825
Ana - Pixies

Ana

166,048
768,339
Rock Music - Pixies

Rock Music

162,436
677,412
Down to the well - Pixies

Down to the well

156,267
667,547
All Over the World - Pixies

All Over the World

155,639
645,345
Levitate Me - Pixies

Levitate Me

151,176
643,335
Ed Is Dead - Pixies

Ed Is Dead

148,824
563,553
The Happening - Pixies

The Happening

139,057
569,113
Into The White - Pixies

Into The White

136,228
543,787
Blown Away - Pixies

Blown Away

133,518
481,741