PIXIES – ” Live At Coachella ” Record Store Day 2022

Posted: April 22, 2022 in MUSIC
Pixies are among the acts with releases for Record Store Day 2022. Credit: Press

For many years, it was virtually impossible to imagine any sort of Pixies reunion. Charles Thompson (aka Black Francis, a/k/a Frank Black) informed his bandmates that he quit via fax in 1993, shortly after they wrapped up a dispiriting slog across America opening for U2 on the Zoo TV tour. By this point, bassist Kim Deal and Thompson weren’t even speaking, and that silence stuck for over a decade.

So many were surprised in early 2004 when word came out that the Pixies were going to perform at Coachella. After a decade-long hiatus, alternative rock legends Pixies reunited for a triumphant set at Coachella Festival in 2004. Hitting the stage before a headline set by Radiohead, they nearly stole the show from Radiohead when they preceded them on the mainstage at Coachella

Pixies delivered a now iconic performance packed full of classic tracks including ‘Where Is My Mind?’, ‘Here Comes Your Man’ and ‘Debaser’.

So why did they reunite? Simply put, none of them were doing that well financially at the time and their legend had grown to a point where a reunion tour was going to be highly lucrative. “Nobody got ripped off,” said Thompson in Fool the World: The Oral History of a Band Called Pixies. “We all made lots of money. I know everyone’s made a lot of money because I’m privy to how much the checks are for. Everyone did good. For a little indie rock band, we did really good.”

Initially, their break-up seemed poorly timed because it happened to coincide with the mainstream culture fully embracing alternative rock, but the band was a spent force at this point. Their last album, 1992’s “Trompe le Monde“, was essentially a Thompson solo album. Deal had turned her attention towards the Breeders and a break-up was inevitable. 

Kurt Cobain did much to preach the gospel of the Pixies after their split, even suggesting that “Smells Like Teen Spirit” was an attempt to “rip off the Pixies.” The prominent use of “Where Is My Mind” in Fight Club helped them gain a new audience, but something bigger was happening. Teenagers were beginning to discover that “Doolittle” and “Surfer Rosa” were pretty much flawless albums. The Pixies became an unlikely part of the classic rock canon. 

Now released on vinyl for the very first time, this Record Store Day 2022 exclusive features the epic 20-song set pressed on two 140g yellow and orange marbled vinyl with an etching on Side D.  Limited to 8,000 copies worldwide.​

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