“I was basically trying to rip off the Pixies.” – Kurt Cobain on Smells Like Teen Spirit, Rolling Stone magazine, 1994
That quote is the first thing you see in the documentary, LoudQuietloud: A Film About the Pixies, which I highly recommend. If you have streaming Netflix, watch it asap. Released in 2006, the film tells the story of the Pixies, how they formed in 1986, broke up in 1993 and got back together for a tour in 2004 and have been together ever since.
For whatever reason, I have had little exposure to the Pixies. However, after watching this documentary, they are on my endless list of bands to “study.”
The Pixies are tremendously important for its influence on Rock and Roll in the late 1980s and early 1990s. Artists from Nirvana to Radiohead to Weezer have shared tremendous adoration for what the Pixies mean(t) to them.
LoudQuietloud lets you in. I love that a band of this stature pulled back the curtain.
“We don’t talk to each other that much. And it’s not because we don’t like each other that much; it’s just the kind of people that we are.” – Black Francis (aka Frank Black), lead man of the Pixies