Tuesday, August 22, 2006

'I used to have a band, and now I don't'

Great little feature in The Guardian's G2 section today about the Pixies reunion tour and the upcoming documentary film about it, loudQUIETloud. While exposing the myth of how amicable the reunion of that famously fractious band was reported to be at the time, it simultaneously does the impossible - makes you feel a little bit sorry for the notoriously brusque Charles "Frank Black" Thompson.


geoff said...

releasing the purple tape was a good move. doing a tour for the cash wasn't!

they aimed big with the tour for "trompe le monde", but by the time they had hit the road, they had less than half of the songs completed, and only half-filled the venues - a stadium tour for a non-stadium band.

they proved me wrong with the success of their "greatest hits"-style tour. but i'd claim that if frank black had done what iggy had done - do an album with his seminal band on a few tracks - and then do the tour, it would have made them feel like they were a working band, rather than put them under the pressure to make them seem that way as the article suggests.

Mark said...

Good idea that - and with Thompson being such an Iggy fan, you'd have thought he'd have figured that out.

I think the touring started as just a bit of fun, and a well deserved big payday. And then they proceeded to scratch the arse out of it. Bad move - they should have rested after the first summer, worked on an album, then went back to the lucrative festival circuit as an ongoing concern whenever the material was ready. That second summer seemed to be the undoing of them.

geoff said...

well if any more material is like "born in chicago" and "bam thwok" it probably won't be worth buying. the middle bits of those songs were shit.

Mark said...

I haven't heard "Born In Chicago" - was it on a tribute album or somesuch?

I liked "Bam Thwok" at the time, maybe just out of curiosity value, though.