Boston band The Pixies achieved only moderate commercial success in America in the late-Eighties and early-Nineties, in fact they were more popular in the United Kingdom and Europe in the late Eighties and early-Nineties. Despite moderate success in terms of unit sales the list of great bands from both sides of The Atlantic to cite them as a heavy influence to their music is practically endless. Among those to acknowledge being influenced by The Pixies are Thom Yorke of Radiohead and Kurt Cobain. In fact, the latter once claimed that their hit single Smells Like Teen Spirit was an attempt to rip off the bands style.
The Pixies have left a legacy as one of the most influential rock bands of all time, a sold out 2004 reunion tour perhaps suggested that their music was ahead of their time. loudQUIETloud is a 2006 documentary which looks back at the history of the band, attempts to explain why they were such a huge influence on the scene, and provides an insight into the lives of the band members when they were producing their greatest hits and contrasts it with the lives they were living when they reunited.
The film serves as a great starting point for those who have only recently heard of The Pixies but also has plenty to offer those who have been fans since the beginning, the camera work and sound is top notch and there is plenty of live footage of the band performing some of their best known tracks. loudQUIETloud premiered in New York at the Tribeca film festival and was well received by critics. When you have finished watching this video check out another great documentary: The Pixies: Gouge.