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Pixies
Pixies are an American alternative rock band formed in Boston, Massachusetts in 1986. The group currently consists of Black Francis (vocals, rhythm guitar), Joey Santiago (lead guitar) and David Lovering (drums), alongside recent addition Kim Shattuck (bass, vocals), who replaced founding member Kim Deal in 2013. The Pixies achieved relatively modest commercial success in their home country, but were significantly more successful in the United Kingdom and mainland Europe. The group disbanded in 1993 under acrimonious circumstances, but reunited in 2004. The band's style of music contains a range of elements, including indie rock, psychedelia, noise rock, and surf rock. Black Francis is the Pixies' primary songwriter and singer. He has written about a number of offbeat subjects in the band's songs, such as extraterrestrials, surrealism, incest, and biblical violence.

Links To Peel

Peel was a big fan of the band and invited them for five sessions on his show. He also played tracks from some of the band members' other projects, such as Black Francis solo material and Kim Deal's group, the Breeders. Peel also interviewed Black Francis on his show in 1991 [1] and opined that the Trompe Le Monde album was one of the greatest albums he'd ever heard. He mentioned additionally in the interview that his sons William Ravenscroft and Tom Ravenscroft were also fans. Peel nominated the Pixies track Wave of Mutilation as his Peelenium 1989.

Festive Fifty Entries  

Peelenium

Sessions

Tracks from all the five sessions were released on Pixies - At The BBC (CD, 4AD, 1998).

1. Recorded: 1988-05-03. First Broadcast: 16 May 1988. Repeated: 07 June 1988, 26 July 1988, 27 December 1988, Session Mixtape Mar-Sept 1988

  • Levitate Me / Hey / In Heaven (Lady In The Radiator Song) / Wild Honey Pie / Caribou

2. Recorded: 1988-10-09. First Broadcast: 18 October 1988. Repeated: 29 November 1988

Pixies - Peel Session 1989

Pixies - Peel Session 1989

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  • Dead / Tame / There Goes My Gun / Manta Ray

3. Recorded: 1989-04-16. First Broadcast: 02 May 1989. Repeated: 22 June 1989, 31 July 1989

  • Down To The Well / Into The White / Wave Of Mutilation

4. Recorded: 1990-06-11. First Broadcast: 21 June 1990, CD wrongly states 20 August 1990 as the broadcast date.

  • Allison / Velouria / Hang On To Your Ego / Is She Weird

5. Recorded: 1991-06-23. First Broadcast: 04 August 1991. Repeated: 19 October 1991, 21 December 1991

  • Palace Of The Brine / Letter To Memphis / Motorway To Roswell / Subbacultcha

Other Shows Played

(The following list was compiled only from the database of this site and Lorcan's Tracklistings Archive and is certainly incomplete. Please add further details if known.)

Pixies - Bone Machine -1988-10-01 VPRO live-

Pixies - Bone Machine -1988-10-01 VPRO live-

'Bone Machine', #45 in the 1988 Festive Fifty

1987
1988
1989
Pixies - River Euphrates (single version)

Pixies - River Euphrates (single version)

'River Euphrates', #39 in the 1988 Festive Fifty

The Pixies - Where is my mind

The Pixies - Where is my mind

'Where Is My Mind?', #30 in the 1988 Festive Fifty

The Pixies - Gigantic

The Pixies - Gigantic

'Gigantic', #07 in the 1988 Festive Fifty

  • 28 April 1989 (BFBS)): 'Crackity Jones (LP-Doolittle)' (4AD) (JP: 'Last week's programme I started with a track from the new LP by the Pixies. With a rather shocking lack of imagination, I'm doing the same thing this week....My copy of the LP has already been played so much that the sleeve is starting to disintegrate.')
  • 28 April 1989 (BFBS) Peel 103 (BFBS)): 'No. 13 Baby (LP-Doolittle)' (4AD) (JP: 'Just about my favourite track on the LP, you'll be exhilarated to learn.')
  • 15 May 1989: Debaser (LP - Doolittle) 4AD
  • 07 June 1989: Into The White (12" promo) 4AD PIX 2
  • 06 July 1989: Vamos (album - Come On Pilgrim) 4AD MAD 709
  • 08 August 1989: Winterlong (v/a album - The Bridge - A Tribute To Neil Young) Caroline CAR LP 5
  • Early August 1989 (BBC World Service): Winterlong (LP The Bridge - A Tribute To Neil Young) (track missing but referred to prior to Loop's track)
  • 19 August 1989 (BFBS) (Peel 113 (BFBS): Winterlong (Compilation LP-The Bridge - A Tribute To Neil Young) Caroline
  • Peel Summer 1989: Winterlong (v/a album - The Bridge A Tribute To Neil Young) Caroline CAR LP
Pixies - Dead - Snub TV 1989

Pixies - Dead - Snub TV 1989

'Dead', #43 in the 1989 Festive Fifty

1990
  • 03 January 1990: Bone Machine / Cactus / Debaser / Gigantic / Gouge Away / The Holiday Song (12" promo album - Live) Elektra PR-8127
  • Peel 129 (BFBS): 'Bone Machine / Cactus (12"-Live)' (Elektra/4AD)
Pixies - Here Comes Your Man (Official Video)

Pixies - Here Comes Your Man (Official Video)

'Here Comes Your Man', #37 in the 1989 Festive Fifty

Pixies - Wave of Mutilation-0

Pixies - Wave of Mutilation-0

'Wave Of Mutilation', a Peelenium 1989 and #36 in the 1989 Festive Fifty

Pixies - Debaser (Official Video)

Pixies - Debaser (Official Video)

'Debaser', #03 in the 1989 Festive Fifty and #30 in the All Time 2000 Festive Fifty

1991
Pixies - Dig For Fire & Allison (Official Video)

Pixies - Dig For Fire & Allison (Official Video)

'Dig For Fire', #49, and 'Allison', #48 in the 1990 Festive Fifty

Pixies - Velouria (Official Video)

Pixies - Velouria (Official Video)

'Velouria', #31 in the 1990 Festive Fifty

"The Happening" -- The Pixies

"The Happening" -- The Pixies

'The Happening', #24 in the 1990 Festive Fifty

1992
  • 24 July 1992: Bird Dream Of The Olympus Mons (LP - Trompe Le Monde) Zona Records
1993
  • 16 January 1993: Bird Dream Of The Olympus Mons (LP - Trompe Le Monde) 4AD 1991 Festive Fifty #47
  • 22 January 1993: Motorway To Roswell (CDS) 4AD 1991 Festive Fifty #46
"Bird Dream of the Olympus Mons" - Pixies

"Bird Dream of the Olympus Mons" - Pixies

'Bird Dream Of The Olympus Mons', #47 in the 1991 Festive Fifty

1994
1996
1998
1999
2000
Pixies - Motorway to Roswell

Pixies - Motorway to Roswell

'Motorway To Roswell', #46 in the 1991 Festive Fifty

2001
2002
  • 19 June 2002: Down To The Well (LP - Pixies) (Cooking Vinyl)
  • 20 June 2002: Down To The Well (LP - Pixies) (Cooking Vinyl)
2004
The Pixies - Planet Of Sound

The Pixies - Planet Of Sound

'Planet Of Sound', #26 in the 1991 Festive Fifty

  • 21 October 2004: Monkey Gone To Heaven (LP - Doolittle) (4AD) (hosted by Robert Smith of The Cure)
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