|While many want to give Kurt Cobain and Nirvana credit for beginning the grunge rock movement, bands like The Pixies were already making grand music on a basement budget and paving the rocky trails for bands like the aforementioned Nirvana and others to break the walls down for alternative rock.
Beginning in 1986 in Boston, The Pixies six-year stint may have been short; those six years gave the alternative and underground music movement a new bar to reach. In 1988, Surfer Rosa was released and a buzz about the band started brewing faster than a Mr. Coffee coffee pot. The Pixies began touring and with the success of the band, tensions brewed and member Kim Deal tried to voice more of her on lyrics and songs into the recording process. However, Black Francis has his own direction for the band, and before The Pixies could break into popular culture as the early 90s began accepting the underground, the band was broken up and each member did his or her own thing.
Fast forward a dozen years, and The Pixies put past them the bitterness and anger and decided to regroup for a tour that many fans just were never to witness in the late 1980s. For over 2 hours, The Pixies played their signature pop-riffs and subculture lyrics to fans that have waited their entire teen-angst years waiting to see the band. And The Pixies didn’t disappoint.
From Deal, to Francis to the rest of the band, guitarist Joey Santiago, and drummer David Lovering, The Pixies were spot on and not only helped many fulfill a void of missing the band for so long, but opened the doors to questions such as what could have been.
In such a short time, The Pixies went on to influence almost every 90s grunge band, and it is a shame to think what the band could have accomplished if it stuck together. But for a brief period in 2004, fans of music can once again regale in The Pixies music and influence. Even today, the mixing of Kim Dean and Frank Black is still relevant, as the use of the two voices was as close to perfection as any band before or since. The Pixies accomplishments are more then record sales and accolades. It is the influence of a generation of music. For the brief 2 hours the band is on stage, it was easy to think of popular music today and hear a bit of The Pixies in there. Although the music was simple, the songs are complex. Although there are no blazing guitar solos and heart-thumping bass, the music is moving. The Pixies are a reminder that music is not always about being technically superior, but rather about feeling and emotion. And even as the band played those simple chords and riffs, the feeling and emotion poured through each note and those emotions are what thumped the heart and pulled on the strings of passion. The Pixies were able to remind us in two hours what has been missing in the last decade of popular music. Feeling, passion and the reality that music can be about more than MTV and award shows. That in its truest form, music is an elixir for the soul. That music is poetry. That music, in its purist form, can be as relevant a dozen years later as it was when made by four people brought together in Boston to experiment with words and sounds.