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Joey Santiago


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Joseph Alberto Santiago (born June 11, 1965) is a musician. He is guitarist for the Pixies and The Martinis.

Santiago was born in Manila, Philippines and moved to Yonkers, New York at the age of 7, but spent most of his childhood in Massachusetts and eventually matriculated at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. There he met Charles Thompson (who later used the stage names Black Francis then Frank Black), with whom he dropped out and formed the alternative rock band Pixies in 1986. The band released 5 albums through the 4AD record label before falling apart in 1993. The band reformed in 2004 with all the original members, touring throughout that year. He describes his guitar playing as “angular and bent”, attributing much of his style to songs he enjoyed when first learning the guitar such as Savoy Truffle (a composition by George Harrison on The Beatles album The Beatles, also known as The White Album).

Santiago went on to make guest appearances on Frank Black’s solo albums and form The Martinis with his wife Linda Mallari. He helped write the score for the 2000 film Crime and Punishment in Suburbia and the 2003 film The Low Budget Time Machine, both along with Frank Black. Also of note, Santiago co-scored with Michael Andrews for the sixteen episode Fox Network TV series Undeclared in 2001-2002. In 2004 he played guitars on the album Statecraft by Charles Douglas released by Redeye.


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  • Palace_Defender

    My guitar hero...

    10 Sep 2013 Reply
  • lagginswag

    joey was crucial to eighties-nineties alt rock.. not to mention a musical genius by anyones standards

    13 Jul 2011 Reply
  • plutoTheExile23

    good solo stuff on the weeds soundtrack

    11 Jan 2010 Reply
  • cbluesilver

    no joey, no pixies. no pixies, no kurt cobain. massively, massively underrated.

    31 Aug 2009 Reply
  • the_flava

    pretty big foehead but great surf guitarist

    15 Oct 2008 Reply
  • check_the_OR

    one of my favourite guitarists

    31 Jul 2008 Reply
  • nielsXbohr

    I go to school with his nephew, who's a pretty big jerk (case-in-point practically his first words at our school were: My uncle was in the pixies) it's ruined music for me forever

    23 Jun 2007 Reply
  • frogmanxl

    Pixies member

    6 Jul 2006 Reply

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