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Pixies are an influential 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.
Although popular on alternative rock radio in their home country due to heavy airplay of the singles "Monkey Gone to Heaven" and "Here Comes Your Man" on those stations, 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 interview, he called Santiago 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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