Formerly known as possibly one of the best, if not at one point the best alternative rock band, on the planet.
Pixies emerged out of Boston with their own unique sound fully intact. Their quiet/loud dynamics and mixture of frenzied acoustic guitar strumming and discordant lead guitar has been much copied over the years, but were at their most vital on their first three records - Come On Pilgrim, Surfer Rosa and Doolittle.
Further records during their 'first era' had their moments before the band splintered, as Black Francis launched a solo career as Frank Black and Kim Deal concentrated on The Breeders. Their 2003 reunion was initially a celebratory (and deserved) lap of honour for their earlier work, but following the departure of Deal in 2013 the band began to make music which only hints at their past greatness.
That said, even at their most uninspired Pixies remain a solid alternative rock band - and one that remains a popular live draw. One way or another, we've been exceedingly lucky to have them.