This 2 1/2 hour DVD includes the Pixies Live at the Town & Country Club in the UK from May 1, 1988, all 8 of the band's rarely-seen promo videos, a 30 minute assembly of footage filmed across America and on the Pixies infamous "Sex and Death" 1989 European tour. Finally there's "Gouge", directed by matt Quinn, a 50 minute documentary tracing the Pixies story faeturing interviews with Bono, Bowie, Johnny Greenwood and lots more.
The alternative rock boom of the early 1990s had its roots firmly placed in the fiercely independent ethic of the late 1980s American indie scene. The Pixies were among the first groups to attempt a mainstream assimilation of their indie-rock origins, combining pop sensibilities with jarring guitar sounds, and the primal scream howl of singer Frank Black. Although they never quite set the top 40 alight, they were highly influential on bands such as Nirvana, who managed to successfully replicate the quiet/loud dynamic which The Pixies so deftly executed. This release offers a fascinating look at their early career, including a full-length concert, and on-the-road documentary culled from the late-1980s era. Also featured is a documentary entitled "Gouge," which includes a retrospective on the band, alongside celebrity testimonials from Bono, David Bowie, Thom Yorke, PJ Harvey, and many others. To round off the package a selection of music videos are included, with "Debaser," "Here Comes Your Man," and "Monkey Gone to Heaven," among them.