Saturday, December 15, 2007

Pixies - Purple Tapes

This band needs no introduction and were frequently posited as the immediate fore bearer of the alternative rock boom of the early 1990s, though they disbanded before reaping any of the benefits this might have brought them. Avowed fan Kurt Cobain's acknowledgement of the debt Nirvana owed to the Pixies, along with similar tributes by other alternative bands, ensured that the Pixies' legacy and influence grew substantially in the years following their demise.

The Pixies are an American alternative rock band formed in Boston, Massachusetts in 1985. The band disbanded in 1993 in acrimonious circumstances but reunited in 2004. Black Francis, Joey Santiago, Kim Deal, and David Lovering have been the band's continual members.

One half of the ‘Purple Tapes’ spawned Pixies critically acclaimed debut album Come On Pilgrim whilst the other half remained demos. Until now that is. Among the tracks on Pixies are early versions of the classic songs ‘Here Comes Your Man’, ‘Subbacultcha’ and ‘Broken Face’.

"We knew it might just be a demo if no one was interested in it," former Pixies frontman Frank Black says. "It was all still fun. It wasn't like I had my mortgage riding on the line at age twenty or whatever. I was still running away from my phone bills and school bills. Money was the least of my concerns. It was pure art."

1 comment:

fantom said...

Re-up please!