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Pixies are an alternative rock band which formed in Boston, Massachusetts, United States in 1986. They consist of Charles "Black Francis" Thompson IV (vocals, guitar. also known as "Frank Black"), Kim Deal (vocals, bass), Joey Santiago (guitar) and Dave Lovering (drums). The band officially split in 1993 and reunited in 2004.
The band were highly influential, and paved the way for bands like Nirvana, led by Pixies fan Kurt Cobain (who admitted that several of his songs, namely "Smells Like Teen Spirit" were written to be "Pixies rip offs").
Although popular on alternative rock radio in their home country (especially with songs like "Monkey Goes to Heaven", which remains their best known song in the US), they were never widely popular there, but were successful in Europe, especially in the UK where they managed three top 40 singles ("Velouria", "Planet of Sound" and a re-release of "Debaser").
In 1993, during an interview with BBC Radio 5, Black Francis announced that the band had split - something he had not actually told his bandmates about. After the interveiw, he called Santiago - the only member of the band he was on friendly terms with at the term - who then faxed Deal and Lovering the news the next morning. This was the end of the band until 2004. After the split, Black Francis inverted his stage name to Frank Black and embarked on a successful solo career, while Deal formed 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" in the summer of that year. 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 interveiws 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.
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