Pixies - Cactus
Pixies was founded by guitarists Joey Santiago and Black Francis (AKA Frank Black) in January 1986. They sent out an ad for a female bass player who was in to folk rock, and the only person who showed up was Kim Deal. Though she was a guitarist, she had never played bass before, but joined the band because she liked their songs. The band tried to get her sister to be the drummer, but Kim’s husband suggested David Lovering instead, who Kim had met at her wedding. Thus the band was formed, and the lineup remained consistent until their break up in 1993, and even when they reunited in 2004. The only changed happened in 2013, when Kim Deal left the band. She was briefly replaced by Kim Shattuck before the band settled on Paz Lechantin, formerly of A Perfect Circle and Zwan.
Though not a huge seller, their first full-length album, Surfer Rosa, has been called one of the best rock albums of all time, with hits such as “Where Is My Mind?”, “Gigantic”, and today’s track, “Cactus”. Indeed, the band has been likened to The Velvet Underground. While VU was a band from the ’60s that greatly influenced music in the ’70s, Pixies were a band from the ’80s that had a large influence on music in the ’90s. Bands such as Nirvana and The Smashing Pumpkins cited them as major influences, and their sound helped shape the alternative rock and post-grunge of the era. Even David Bowie was a fan of their work, covering “Cactus” on his 2002 album, Heathen.