The Pixies - Sell Out
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Black Francis and Kim Deal seemed as if they would never bury the hatchet and fans would never see their beloved band together again. And then it was announced last year that the Pixies were indeed going to be re-forming for a tour in select cities in Europe and the U.S. Anticipation was high and, if you were lucky enough to see them live, reportedly they did not disappoint. Now, you can get an idea of what it was like with this new DVD that gives you a sample of the band live in concert.
Black Francis' voice sounds as ferocious as it ever did. He gives it a good workout on "Something Against You" and "U-Mass," the latter a giddy, psychotic ode to the University of Massachusetts. Later on, he tears it up on "Tame," alternating between almost-whispered verses and deranged howling choruses. Joey is still the unsung, low-key guitar god he always was, delivering the insanely catchy riffs that the Pixies were revered for.
They pull out such memorable hits like "Monkey Gone to Heaven" and "Here Comes Your Man" along with underrated gems like the surreal "Subbacultcha." The only minor, personal caveat I have with the DVD is the short shrift given to the criminally underrated and much maligned Bossanova album. Only a dreamy, surf-soaked rendition of "Velouria" is played in their set.Read more ›
In a sense, this is truer than it sounds. When the Pixies were together and releasing new albums on a fairly regular basis, the size of their audience was respectable, but not particularly huge. For reasons that may have surprised the band as well as everyone else, the `sell-out' reunion tour provided the band with an audience that seems to have increased tenfold in their absence. This DVD helps to explain how and why this happened.
If you liked the Pixies then, then you are fairly certain to be happy about the "Sellout 2004 Reunion Tour" DVD. It features rock solid performances with an impressive degree of continuity, and most importantly, it never lapses into nostalgia or self-congratulatory reminiscing. The main part of the disk is dedicated to a single performance filmed in Belfort, France. The band rolls through twenty-eight tracks, and it would be difficult to not be impressed by the overall body of work that is presented here, especially the songwriting. I admit that I didn't find their performance style particularly compelling, and the musicianship and vocals aren't stellar, either.Read more ›
However, I was a little disappointed with this DVD. If you saw the Pixies on tour this year and had an experience similar to mine, then you may be a bit disappointed too.
All of the concert footage takes place in massive stadiums, during the Pixies' tour of the festival circuit. I would really like to have seen some more small venue footage, even if it only appeared in the special features.
In the main concert footage that makes up the bulk of this DVD, most of the songs seem to be played under tempo and therefor lack the intense energy that I've come to expect from the Pixies. In my opinion, the extra concert footage in the special features on this disc is more energetic and generally of higher performance quality.
I actually prefer the other Pixies DVD (which I think is just called "Pixies"). Even though their performace on that DVD is pre-Doolittle, leaving out many of their later songs that we all know and love, and their performance is perhaps less musically accurate, I much prefer the young, raw energy on that DVD over this new one. Plus, even though their later songs are left out of the concert footage, you can still hear them in the "videos" section of the special features. That DVD also contains more "behind the scenes" footage that this new one. As another reviewer explained, there are no interviews or behind the scenes on this new DVD.
But even having said that, if you love the Pixies, you will still enjoy this DVD. Even though it's not the best possible concert footage, the Pixies are still a fantastic band, and it is always a treat to watch them perform.
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Turns out this came from over seas and won't play on anything American.Six.Published 21 days ago by Michael Shepard
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I love the pixies but was unaware that this is a stitch-together of many shows. If the stitching were from song to song, I could tolerate it, but the stitching occurs WITHIN some... Read morePublished 13 months ago by D. Schulte
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I love the Pixies. The band sounds great. And the audio isn't too bad like some people are saying, but I didn't hear the original version so I can't compare it. Read morePublished on September 8, 2007 by D. J. Lee
This is a wonderful DVD. Seeing as Pixies broke up quite a while ago and there is not a reunion tour in the works at this moment (pray, pray, pray... Read morePublished on March 20, 2007 by Pernicious Stoats Ablaze!
An excellent concert DVD; but if you're a Pixies fan you don't really need to be sold on it, and if you're not, you should hit the albums first. Read morePublished on January 3, 2007 by MT