This highly influential alternative rock band was formed in 1986 in Boston, Massachusetts, USA, by university students Charles Michael Kittridge Thompson IV (6 April 1965, Long Beach, California, USA; vocals/guitar) and Joey Santiago (b. Joseph Alberto Santiago, 11 June 1965, Manila, the Philippines; guitar). A newspaper advertisement, requiring applicants for a Hüsker Dü / Peter, Paul And Mary band, solicited bass player and occasional vocalist Kim Deal (b. Kimberly Ann Deal, 10 June 1961, Dayton, Ohio, USA) who in turn introduced drummer David Lovering (b. Boston, Massachusetts, USA). Originally known as Pixies In Panoply, the quartet secured a recording contract with the UK independent label 4AD Records on the strength of a series of superior demo tapes recorded with local producer Gary Smith. Before the release of their debut album, Thompson changed his stage name to Black Francis and Deal became Mrs John Murphy (the name of her...
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