Pixies [ < span title = "[p]" p "in" daddy. "> p ɪ k s I Z ] is an alternative rock band American, originally from Boston, Massachusetts>.
Formed in 1986>, the band breaks up in January 1993 under somewhat stormy conditions, but reformed in April 2004. From its beginnings until 2013, the group consists of four members: Black Francis (born Charles Thompson IV, and having been artist Frank Black between 1993 and 2006) (vocals and rhythm guitar), Joey Santiago (solo guitar), Kim Deal (bass and vocals) and David Lovering (drums). After Kim Deal's departure during the Indie Cindy album recording, Kim Shattuck first, then Paz Lenchantin now a full member of the group, were the band's bass players.
The band has only had a modest success in their home country, but in Europe their albums have reached a wide audience.
The music of Pixies draws its particular influences in punk rock and surf music of the 1960s, and is characterized by its melodic richness, its particular dynamics (calm couplets and frenzied refrains). The songs are written almost entirely by Black Francis, the singer and guitarist of the band. His texts are deliberately obscure, often surreal, and deal with topics as diverse and serious as ufology, mental illness, physical injury and incest, with many biblical references >>>.
The group is widely regarded as one of the spearheads of the alternative rock explosion of the early 1990s, although it separated before it could fully benefit from this pioneer status >>>. Their influence extended considerably after their separation. This status of cult artist is probably no stranger to the success of Nirvana, whose leader Kurt Cobain has repeatedly and publicly acknowledged that his group owed a lot to Pixies.