[Posted Wednesday, September 10th, 2003 02:30:00 Pitchfork Central Time]
John L. Ferrer and Will Bryant report:
There's that rare time when a sarcastic, jaded music news site has to report
without any sarcasm or irony. Short of the Velvet Underground, there's no
band more beloved, more important, more cited as an influence in indie rock
than the Pixies. Whether you're strictly a Doolittle man (surely one of the
finest damn rock albums ever) or an obsessive who can name every Trompe le
Monde b-side, the Pixies' contributions to the alternative rock canon are
sacred texts, the alpha cell of a paisley-flecked v23 flowchart that, down
various impeccably typeset branches, might lead to Nirvana, to the Breeders,
to Throwing Muses, Guided By Voices, Modest Mouse, Trail of Dead, or Enon.
Sadly, most of these revelations weren't made until after the band's prime.
Since their reportedly messy and bloody demise in 1993, fans have signed on
by the dozens-- based partially on the recommendation of Kurt Cobain, and
partially by their desire to find something truly exuberant, legitimate,
funny and weird in their music. Anyone born in the '80s might surely have at
some point sighed and abandoned all hope of seeing the Pixies on stage at
all. In a sense, the idea of a Pixies reunion has almost become a joke, the
indie-kid version of "Yeah, when pigs fly." So when the report came in July
that all four original members (that's Black Francis, Kim Deal, David
Lovering, and Joey Santiago) have been secretly practicing together every
couple of blue moons since the breakup, there was the first glimmer of hope.
Now that the heavyhandedness is past, here comes the point. The glimmer is
now a full-blown supernova. It's happening. In April. No dates yet, not even
any quotes from the group's principals-- just a band spokesperson's promise
to MTV, who broke the story. The source, who remains unnamed in MTV's story,
also claims that if all goes well a studio album will follow.
The Pixies. Are back. Together. Music is saved. Lovers of rock, unite and
cheer. This is going to truly own.