Legendary Boston band The Pixies formed in 1986 and disbanded in 1993, but only had moderate commercial success during that period – especially in their home country, they were perhaps more appreciated at that time in Europe. Despite their initially moderate success they left a legacy which would later hugely influence some of the biggest alternative rock bands of the nineties and upon reforming in 2004 they were able to sell out large venues on a world tour.
They were in some respects a band before their time, those who cited The Pixies as a huge influence included Thom Yorke of Radiohead and Kurt Cobain of Nirvana. The Pixies: Gouge is a documentary made by the UK’s Channel 4 to be broadcast on television, but it later formed part of the bands DVD release titled simply ‘Pixies’.
The film includes interviews with all of the band members with the exception of Kim Deal, as well as various music journalists and esteemed artists. Thom Yorke and David Bowie feature to explain why they think that the band was such an important and influential group. Also check out the documentary loudQUIETloud which follows the groups successful reunion tour.