Pixies on the bands they’d love to see reform

Two classic choices here.

Having pulled off one of the most successful reunions of this century, now Pixies have revealed which bands they’d most like to see get back together.

Watch our full video interview with Pixies above

This week sees the band release their acclaimed seventh album ‘Beneath The Eyrie‘, their third since the band reformed after 11 years in 2004. Sitting down with NME for an in-depth interview about the band’s past, present and future, we asked if there were any bands that they would love to see return.


Rage Against The Machine would be a good one for me,” guitarist Joey Santiago told NME. “Their music’s always been good. Now, I’d consider that modern music, you know, but I happen to like them and I wouldn’t mind seeing them perform again. I’ve seen them perform and it felt dangerous. It really did feel dangerous. I saw Public Enemy on that big dangerous tour – their first tour – at the Boston. There was an element of danger in there. A lot. I like it when it feels like that. It feels like rock n ’roll.

“And yeah, they’d be good for the times right now.”

Rage Against The Machine
Rage Against The Machine

With the same question put to Black Francis, the frontman replied with something “slightly more obscure” in choosing his favourite ’70s art-rock legends.

“It wouldn’t be a big showbiz wow, but Jonathan Richman and The Modern Lovers,” Francis told NME. “He tends to not play those songs from that part of his catalogue, and tends to play them much quieter with more of a folk sort of treatment. The Modern Lovers recordings are kind of like a little more, kind of punky, kinda Velvet Underground-y, definitely like louder than all the stuff he did after that just as Jonathan Richman.”

Francis continued: “They’re great songs, and I think a lot of people know them. Even if they don’t know who Jonathan Richman and The Modern Lovers. They kinda know a lot of those songs because they’re just sort of cult favourites – Enough that you hear them in a load of different contexts. On the radio, or at a party, or wherever. So that would be good.”


Watch our in-depth video interview with Pixies at the top of the page, where the band also open up about their creative process, bewitching new album, celebrating the 30th anniversary of the seminal ‘Surfer Rosa’ in 2017, what new bassist Paz Lenchantin brings to the band, life on the road, and who else they’re listening to at the moment.

Pixies’ upcoming UK and Ireland tour dates are below. Visit here for tickets and more information.

Friday September 13, 2019 – CARDIFF Motorpoint Arena (United Kingdom)
Saturday September 14, 2019 – PLYMOUTH Pavilions (United Kingdom)
Monday September 16, 2019 – BIRMINGHAM O2 Academy Birmingham (United Kingdom)
Tuesday September 17, 2019 – LEEDS O2 Academy Leeds (United Kingdom)
Wednesday September 18, 2019 – MANCHESTER O2 Apollo (United Kingdom)
Friday September 20, 2019 – LONDON Alexandra Palace (United Kingdom)
Saturday September 21, 2019 – NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE O2 Academy Newcastle (United Kingdom)
Sunday September 22, 2019 – GLASGOW O2 Academy Glasgow (United Kingdom)
Monday September 23, 2019 – EDINBURGH Usher Hall (United Kingdom)
Wednesday September 25, 2019 – BELFAST Ulster Hall (United Kingdom)
Thursday September 26, 2019 – DUBLIN Olympia Theatre (Ireland)