Pixies discography

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Pixies discography
Pixies in Kansas City, October 1, 2004.jpg
The Pixies in concert in Kansas City, October 1, 2004. From left to right, Frank Black, David Lovering (back) and Kim Deal. (Member Joey Santiago is not present in photo.)
Studio albums 6
Compilation albums 6
Video albums 4
Music videos 9
EPs 3
Singles 12

The discography of Pixies, an American alternative rock band, includes six studio albums, twelve singles, five compilations, one mini-LP, and three EPs as of May 2014.

Pixies formed in Boston, Massachusetts in 1985. Following their 1987 demo tape, the band signed to the English independent record label 4AD. They released Come On Pilgrim, comprising eight songs from their demo tape, in October 1987. Their first full-length album, Surfer Rosa, was released in 1988 on 4AD; an American distribution deal was agreed with Rough Trade Records several months later. However, Surfer Rosa did not see wide distribution in the United States.

Pixies agreed to a United States distribution deal with Elektra Records before releasing their third album, Doolittle. Doolittle was the most successful album for Pixies, earning them a gold certification from the Recording Industry Association of America in 1995 (along with Surfer Rosa in 2005). Following a hiatus in 1989, the band reconvened to release Bossanova in 1990 and Trompe le Monde in 1991, before breaking up in 1993. After reuniting in 2004, Black Francis, Joey Santiago, Kim Deal and David Lovering issued a download-only single, "Bam Thwok," and Warren Zevon cover, "Ain't That Pretty At All", as well as collaborating with Disc Live to release a number of reunion tour live albums in the same year.

In 2013, a week after the departure of bassist Kim Deal, the band released the song "Bagboy", and then EP1, consisting of four new songs. In 2014, Pixies released EP2 and EP3, and Indie Cindy—a full-length album combining the songs from EP1, EP2 and EP3.

Studio albums[edit]

Year Title Chart positions Certifications
US
[1]
UK
[2]
NZ
[3]
NLD
[4]
FRA
[5]
SWE
[6]
1988 Surfer Rosa
  • Debut album
  • Record label: 4AD (#CAD 803)
  • Released: March 21, 1988
  • Format: CD, cassette, vinyl[7]
  • Worldwide sales: 500,000+
1989 Doolittle
  • Record label: 4AD (#CAD 905), Elektra Records (#9 60856-2)
  • Released: April 17, 1989 (UK)
  • Format: CD, cassette, vinyl[11]
  • Worldwide sales: 1,000,000+[12]
98 8 18 53 66
1990 Bossanova
  • Record label: 4AD (#CAD 0010 (CD)), Elektra Records (#9 60963-2)
  • Released: August 13, 1990
  • Format: CD, cassette, vinyl
  • Worldwide sales: 200,000+
70 3 17 30 45
1991 Trompe le Monde
  • Record label: 4AD (# CAD 1014 (CD)), Elektra Records (#9 61118-2)
  • Released: September 23, 1991
  • Format: CD, cassette, vinyl
  • Worldwide sales: 200,000+
92 7 20 26 43
  • UK: Silver[9]
2014 Indie Cindy
  • Record label: Pixiesmusic, PIAS Recordings
  • Released: April 19, 2014
  • Format: CD, digital, vinyl
  • Worldwide sales: —
23 6 34 23 16 57
2016 Head Carrier[13]
  • Record label: Pixiesmusic, PIAS Recordings
  • Released: September 30, 2016
  • Format: CD, digital, vinyl
  • Worldwide sales: —
72 7 20
[14]
13 15
[15]

"—" denotes albums that were released but did not chart.

EPs[edit]

Year Title Comments
1987 Come On Pilgrim
  • Record label: 4AD (#MAD 709)
  • Released: October 1987
  • Format: Cassette, 12"
  • Released in the United States by Rough Trade Records (#ROUGHUS043) in August 1988
Features eight songs taken from the band's 1987 demo tape
2002 Pixies
  • Record label: Spin Art
  • Released: July 2002
  • Format: CD
The other nine songs taken from the band's 1987 demo tape
2013 EP1
  • Released: September 2, 2013
  • Format: Digital, vinyl
2014 EP2
  • Released: January 3, 2014
  • Format: Digital, vinyl
2014 EP3
  • Released: March 24, 2014
  • Format: Digital, vinyl

Live albums[edit]

The Pixies collaborated with Disc Live to release a string of limited edition live albums throughout 2004 as part of their reunion tour. This practice has been repeated with each successive tour, using The Show and Coudal Partners/American Laundromat as distributing labels. An incomplete list appears below.

Date Title Venue Number of copies pressed
April 13, 2004 Live in Minneapolis, MN Fine Line Music Cafe 1000
April 14, 2004 Live in Winnipeg, MB Burton Cummings Theatre 1000
April 15, 2004 Live in Regina, SK Conexus Arts Centre 1000
June 2, 2004 Live at Brixton Academy Brixton Academy 1500
June 3, 2004 Live at Brixton Academy Brixton Academy 1500
June 4, 2004 Live at Brixton Academy Brixton Academy 1500
June 5, 2004 Live at Brixton Academy Brixton Academy 1500
November 11, 2004 Live in Toronto, ON Molson Amphitheatre
December 6, 2004 the twelve final shows Norfolk Ted Constant Convocation Center 1000
June 5, 2005 Live in Denver, CO Red Rocks Amphitheatre
June 7, 2005 Live in Indianapolis, IN Murat Theatre
June 8, 2005 Live in Cleveland, OH Scene Pavilion
June 12, 2005 Live in Raleigh, NC Disco Rodeo 1000
September 30, 2005 Live in Baltimore, MD Sonar 1000
October 16, 2005 Live at Voodoo 04 City Park, New Orleans, LA 1500
January 3, 2006 "Hey" – Live Pixies 2004–2005 Various locations

Compilations[edit]

Year Title Label Chart positions
Billboard 200 Top Independent Album UK
1988 Surfer Rosa & Come On Pilgrim 4AD (UK release)
1997 Death to the Pixies 4AD/Elektra 180 20
1998 Pixies at the BBC 4AD/Elektra 45
2001 Complete 'B' Sides 4AD (UK; USA 2004) 53
2004 Wave of Mutilation: Best of Pixies 4AD 161 11 16
2009 Minotaur 4AD/Artists in Residence

Singles[edit]

Note: Pixies have never charted on the Billboard Hot 100.
Year Title Chart positions Album
US Mod. Rock UK
[2]
NZ
[16]
1988 "Gigantic" 93 Surfer Rosa
1989 "Monkey Gone to Heaven" 5 60 Doolittle
"Here Comes Your Man" 3 54
1990 "Velouria" 4 28 29 Bossanova
"Dig for Fire" 11 62
1991 "Planet of Sound" 27 35 Trompe le Monde
"Alec Eiffel"
1992 "Letter to Memphis" 6
"Head On" 6
1997 "Debaser (studio)" 23 Death to the Pixies
"Debaser (live)"
"Monkey Gone to Heaven" (France only)[17]
"Debaser (demo)" 7" only – demo recording
2004 "Bam Thwok" iTunes Store exclusive release
2013 "Bagboy" Indie Cindy
2016 "Um Chagga Lagga" Head Carrier
"Classic Masher"

Re-releases[edit]

Date Title Label Type
August 17, 2004 Surfer Rosa/Come On Pilgrim [Japan CD] Teichiku Compilation

Various artists compilations[edit]

Year Song Album Comments
1989 "Winterlong" The Bridge: A Tribute to Neil Young Neil Young cover
1990 "Born in Chicago"[18] Rubáiyát: Elektra's 40th Anniversary Paul Butterfield Blues Band cover
1991 "I Can't Forget"[19] I'm Your Fan: The songs of Leonard Cohen by... Leonard Cohen cover
2004 "Ain't That Pretty at All"[20] Enjoy Every Sandwich: Songs of Warren Zevon Warren Zevon cover

Bootlegs[edit]

Year Title
1989 "Live In Vienna"
"Bone Machine"
1991 "Rough Diamonds"
"Subbacultcha"
"Timeless Stars"
1994 "Give Me Ecstasy"

Music videos[edit]

Year Title
1989 "Monkey Gone to Heaven"
"Here Comes Your Man"
1990 "Velouria"
"Dig for Fire"
"Allison"
1991 "Alec Eiffel"
"Head On"
1997 "Debaser"
2013 "Bagboy"[21]
"Indie Cindy"
"Andro Queen"
"What Goes Boom"
2014 "Blue Eyed Hexe" [22]
"Snakes"
"Ring the Bell"
"Silver Snail"
"Magdalena"
2016 "Tenement Song"
"Um Chagga Lagga"
"Classic Masher"

DVDs[edit]

Year DVD Comments
2004 Pixies Contains a documentary about the band's influence, early concert videos, their music videos and footage of their 2004 reunion tour.
2005 Pixies: "Sell Out" Reunion Tour 2004 Playing live at Eurockéenness Festival in Belfort, France. Other performances in the reunion era are included as bonus material.
2006 loudQUIETloud Details the band's 2004 reunion tour.
2006 "Acoustic" Live In Newport Playing live at the 2005 Folk Festival in Newport, Rhode Island.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Artist Chart History - Pixies". Billboard. Retrieved 2007-07-31. 
  2. ^ a b "UK Top 40 Chart Archive". everyhit.com. Retrieved 2007-07-31. 
  3. ^ charts.org.nz - Discography Pixies
  4. ^ dutchcharts.nl - Discografie Pixies
  5. ^ lescharts.com - Discographie Pixies
  6. ^ swedishcharts.com - Discography Pixies
  7. ^ "Surfer Rosa > Overview". AllMusic. Retrieved 2007-08-03. 
  8. ^ a b "Gold and Platinum Database Search". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved 2007-07-31. 
  9. ^ a b c d "The BPI". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved 2015-04-27. 
  10. ^ a b "Gold & Platinum Certification – April 2011". Canadian Recording Industry Association. Retrieved 2011-05-03. 
  11. ^ "Doolittle > Overview". AllMusic. Retrieved 2007-08-03. 
  12. ^ Sisario, 2006. p. 69
  13. ^ Monroe, Jazz. "Pixies Announce New Album Head Carrier, Share “Um Chagga Lagga”: Listen". pitchfork.com. Retrieved 6 July 2016. 
  14. ^ "NZ Top 40 Albums Chart". Recorded Music NZ. October 10, 2016. Retrieved October 7, 2016. 
  15. ^ "Le Top de la semaine : Top Albums Fusionnes - SNEP (Week 40, 2016)" (in French). Syndicat National de l'Édition Phonographique. Retrieved October 10, 2016. 
  16. ^ "Pixies discography". Charts.org.nz. Retrieved 25 March 2013. 
  17. ^ PM515
  18. ^ "Rubáiyát (Elektra's 40th Anniversary)". Discogs.com. Retrieved 2007-08-04. 
  19. ^ "I'm Your Fan: The Songs of Leonard Cohen by..". Discogs.com. Retrieved 2007-08-04. 
  20. ^ "Enjoy Every Sandwich: The Songs Of Warren Zevon". Rhapsody.com. Retrieved 2007-08-04. 
  21. ^ Bagboy Music Video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lGdSYPh5_BI
  22. ^ http://www.pixiesmusic.com/ep2-us/

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