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Pixies - LoudQUIETLoud: A Film About the Pixies
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The initial career of indie-rock figureheads the Pixies was marked by a strange juxtaposition--violent, jarring songs about whores and weird sex played by what seemed to be the most down-to-earth people on the planet. Clearly something dark was lurking beneath the four band members' ostensibly normal exteriors, and wild rumors regarding their 1993 breakup threatened to engulf the group's legend for a while. LOUDQUIETLOUD documents what happened when this odd collection of souls--singer Frank Black (aka Charles Thompson), bass player Kim Deal, guitarist Joey Santiago, and drummer David Lovering--reconvened in 2004 for a triumphant reunion tour. Directors Steven Cantor and Matthew Galkin travel down the well-worn rock-documentary path, alternating between coruscatingly loud concert footage and backstage glimpses of life on the road with the band. The filmmakers gained impressive access, and although they never quite manage to cut open the Pixies' corpse and let all the simmering tensions bleed onto the screen, they do capture a definite sense of unease among the four members. As the tour winds through the country, the still-devoted hordes flock to every sold-out date, but the love festooned on the band by its audience doesn't help camaraderie to develop among its members. The newly drug-free Deal brings along her twin sister, Lovering battles his own drug addiction, and Santiago and Thompson resolutely stick to doing their own thing. LOUDQUIETLOUD won't put to bed any of the rumors that continue to dog the Pixies, nor does it dig up any tangible reason as to why inter-band relations are kept at such a distance. Instead, Cantor and Galkin's film raises a series of questions without answers, neatly reflecting the continuing contrast between normalcy and wild creativity that lies at the heart of the Pixies.
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): DR4529
Frank Black, Kim Deal, Joey Santiago, David Lovering
"LoudQUIETLoud offers a backstage pass to that legendary tour...There is excitement, and nervousness, and triumph."
New York Times
3 stars out of 5 -- "Inspiration to Nirvana and sometimes saviours of indie rock, The Pixies blazed briefly in the late '80s and early '90s..."
"[A] poignant documentary....The film-makers' affection for their subjects is palpable."
Sight and Sound
"The Pixies' 2004 sold-out Reunion Tour was a massive critical and financial success, and this DVD is packed full of interviews, behind-the-scenes footage, and onstage rehearsals leading up to the event."
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