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The Pixies - Sell Out

3.6 out of 5 stars 25 customer reviews

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In 1992 the Pixies disbanded after releasing four acclaimed albums and one mini-album in a five-year period. The Pixies are widely regarded as one of the most important rock bands of the past 20 years-and influenced a new wave of alternative bands with their Quiet/Loud/Quiet song structure. Paraphrasing Kurt Cobain: "Nirvana would not have existed without the Pixies." Since the band split up, the leader, Black Francis, started a solo career as Frank Black, and Kim Deal, the bassist and vocalist, went on to form The Breeders. The band reunited in 2004 for a trimphant worldwide tour that saw the band playing better than ever, injecting the classic songs with renewed energy and universal critical response. The band's legacy and reputation has only grown stronger in the 12 years since they broke up, see her as the play in front of enthusiastic audiences, far larger than they had drawn in their heyday. Track Listings: Bone Machine, Wave of Mutilation (UK Surf), In Heaven, Something Against You, River Euphrates, U-Mass, Bone Machine, Cactus, Ed Is Dead, I Bleed, Monkey Gone To Heaven, Hey, Levitate Me, Subbacultcha, Dead, Gouge Away, Velouria, Mr. Grieves, Crackity Jones, Broken Face, Isla De Encanta, Tame, Here Comes Your Man, Holiday, Song, Where Is My Mind?, Vamos, Wave of Mutilation, Gigantic.

Sell Out begins with a version of "Bone Machine" compiled from reunion gigs the world over. It works surprisingly well--the Pixies are nothing if not consistent--although they sure look different from show to show. At some, Kim Deal and David Lovering have long hair. At others, hers is short and he has none. (Black Francis and Joey Santiago don't change as much.) What follows is a 25-song, two-encore set filmed under the stars at France's 2004 Eurockéennes Festival in front of an endless throng, followed by 15 bonus tracks from England, Scotland, Japan, and points across the US (Indio, CA, Austin, TX, and Lowell, MA). If the Pixies "sold out" when they reformed after more than a decade apart, no one can accuse them of sloth. Granted, most songs don't differ radically from their studio counterparts, but nor do they suffer in comparison. The strobe-lit "Tame" and epic "Vamos" are particularly boisterous highlights. At 43 tracks--33 unique compositions plus ten alternate takes--this digital document is admirably comprehensive (despite no interviews with or commentary from the band). Material from all four full-lengths, plus the Come On Pilgrim EP, gets a workout, including the "UK Surf" mix of "Wave of Mutilation" (the B-side featured in Pump Up the Volume). It's all here, with the exception of "Bam Thwok," their nifty comeback single. --Kathleen C. Fennessy

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  • Actors: The Pixies
  • Producers: Michael B. Borofsky
  • Format: Color, NTSC
  • Language: Italian (Dolby Digital 2.0)
  • Subtitles: German, English, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Rhino
  • DVD Release Date: October 4, 2005
  • Run Time: 145 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000AQKUF4
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #137,873 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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It was the tour that no one thought would ever happen. In 1992, the Pixies were on top of the world. While they hadn't quite broken through into the mainstream in the United States, they were a huge hit in England, almost reaching stadium status. They played some of the largest European rock `n' roll festivals and even opened for U2. And then their lead singer Black Francis announced that the band had broken up.

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.
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Watching this video sort of makes me feel like Rip Van Winkle. The band was at its (original) peak of fame while I was busy doing research for my first book on pop music history, so when the Pixies became the darlings of indie-rock, I was immersed in the Dixie Cups, the Corsairs, Eddie Cochran and God only knows what else. For a few years, I was decidedly out of touch with contemporary culture, and this video pretty much proves that it was my loss. I have been playing catch-up ever since, so in a sense, the reunion tour (and this corresponding video product) makes me feel as though the band did it specifically for my own sake. Thanks, guys.

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.
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They'd already received plaudits from rock stars old (David Bowie and U2) and new (Placebo and Radiohead), but the renaissance of Boston's defunct The Pixies reached critical mass when film-maker David Fincher closed his skew-whiff classic, Fight Club, with the haunting Where Is My Mind?. Although The Pixies' reunion appears to have reached its conclusion, this DVD collects together a stack of storming live tracks from festival dates in the US, Japan and Europe featuring The Pixies in all their balder and fatter reformed glory. Powered through with whiplash speed, old favourites such as Gigantic, Crackity Jones, Here Comes Your Man and Where Is My Mind? are all musical powerhouses, with Joey Santiago's cool guitar sounds on the included versions of Vamos mixing power drill static with drawn out feedback. The DVD also features interviews with band management and a wealth of additional concert footage, include a multiple-angle recording of Monkey Gone To Heaven.
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I don't know why everyone is complaining, this DVD is amazing. The Pixies are amazing. The sound quality isn't bad I don't know what that one guy was talking about. If you like the Pixies, if just a little bit, this DVD will make you happy. There doesn't need to be any extras, there's over 2 hours of quality live music for a low price. GO BUY THIS NOW!
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I saw the Pixies perform earlier this year (Spring 2005). The concert was in a small, intimate venue, packed with loyal fans, and their performace was tight, intense, and full of musical energy. I was really blown away.

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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