Isla De Encanta was playing during the closing credits of Married to
the Mob (Jonathan Demme, 1988). I was quickly flipping
channel late one night and was stunned when I heard the familiar tune.
(reported by Vojin)
Chris Carter named Millenium's main character after the Frank Black we all
A friend of mine just called me after seeing a reference to the Pixies
on that TV show Blossom. The dad and the grandpa were having a name
that tune bet on the piano. There was sixty dollars in the pot and
Blossom's dad played the same three notes on the piano over and over,
and the granpa said. "How could I not know this one, It's Here comes
your man by Black Francis and the Pixies." Weird, don't ya know.
It's too bad the Pixies had to die.
(reported by John Drauss)
I seem to remember a while there was a mention of the Pixies in a skit on the
great show Kids In The Hall. It was a while ago, so bear with me: One of the
guys walked into a record store and asked "Do you have the new Pixies album?"
The guy behind the counter answered "Yes we do, but it sucks!" I can't
remember what the rest of the skit was about, but i remember they did that
for a couple more bands.
(reported by Skaface)
Being a huge Kids In The Hall fan
I've seen the mentioned skit several times. The main idea of
the skit is how to become a real Doors fan. Bruce McCulloch
plays the super doors fan record store employee and Kevin
McDonald plays the customer. Kevin comes in, asks for the new
Cure album after which bruce says yeah, its over there, but it
sucks (im paraphrasing). Kevin then asks for the new Pixies
album after which bruce then says again it sucks, I think
there is another band mentioned, The Happy Mondays maybe?
Bruce then goes on to tell how to be a real doors fan after
mcdonald asks about a doors album. McCulloch actually has an
album out where most of the skit is recanted although the
Pixies reference is replaced by a Depeche Mode refence. The
album is actually real good although I'm baised being a big
(reported by Matt Nunziato)
The Kids In The Hall scene that is mentioned sounds like one that was repeated on Bruce
McCullough's brilliant album "Shame Based Man". The track is called "The
Doors" and is a monologue on how to tell you are a true fan of the Doors
(and happens also to be the best song on the album). It starts out "Have
you heard the new Cure album? It sucks. The new Depeche Mode album? It
sucks too. The new Happy Monday's album? I don't know if there is one, but
if there is, it sucks and I know 'cause I'm... a Doors fan!" This must be
where in the original scene it asks if you've heard the new Pixies' album.
(reported by Rodney Anderson)
I would just like to tell you that one time when I was watching Singled Out on MTV,
one of the selections under the categories was Pixies, and that contestant chose it.
Then after all the people were kicked out, that host guy yelled at the keyboardist "Why didn't you play the Pixies!!!??".
(reported by Raj Kale)
On the MTV Video Awards, Ben Stiller was impersonating Matt Pinfield
and was interviewing the lighting guy for the show. After throwing out some
references to the lighting guy, the lighting guy tells "matt" that he isn't
allowed back here (in other words, "piss off") and "matt" says "uh maybe after
the show we could hang out. I got some really cool pixies imports we could
listen to." I found that quite clever, especially since I am almost positive
the pixies were never mentioned on any MTV Awards shows. (reported by Caribou529)
Trompe Le Monde was namedropped (at two different points) in
the best selling book Complicity by Iain Banks
(reported by Mark Haines)
In the messages concerning Pixies songs in movies, someone mentioned that
Trompe Le Monde was mentioned a few times in a book. Well, that's not
the first time! A friend of mine has an economics book where the name
"Pixies" and "Trompe Le Monde" were used in some homework problem. It
was something like "A business called Trompe Le Monde, Inc. which is run
by the Pixies Brothers..." (or something like that :)
(reported by Steve Krulewitz)
In Bruce Sterling's novel Holy Fire - he uses a line from Subbacultcha
when describing a character's ecstasy for life: "You know when you grope
for Luna..." - Sterling put this in italics, so this HAD to be a
reference to the song. (reported by Charles Esteban Paul)
"David Grohl, Nirvana's drummer, came to a U2 show during the first leg
of the Zoo tour to visit the opening act, the Pixies. Bono invited him
in for a talk. Bono mimicks Grohl chewing gum and saying, "Hey, man,
nothing against you, but I don't know why the Pixies would do this."
Bono asked if Grohl didn't think it was brave of the Pixies to try
opening for U2 in arenas. Grohl didn't buy it. "We'll never play big
places," he said of Nirvana. "We're just a punk band. All this success
is a fluke. Tomorrow I could be somewhere else."
(Excerpt from U2 At The End Of The World, by Bill Flanagan)
The Nephilim Roleplaying game rulebook has a Nephilim wearing a
Pixies T-Shirt (flying "P") in one picture.
In the movie Unbreakable (M. Night Shyamalan, 2000) with Samuel L. Jackson and Bruce Willis,
I am tired is played in the background of the scene when Samuel L. Jackson's character is in a comic store.
He refuses to respond or cooperate
with an employee thus fitting the lyrics because he is tired of his lifetime pursuit for a hero.
(reported by Jonathan, Stefan, Char and Antti)
In the movie Fight Club (David Fincher, 1999) with Brad Pitt you can hear the song Where is my
Mind? from the last scene to the end titles.
(reported by Stefan, Char, Antti and Larry)
Where is my Mind? is also the opening song for the credits in The Adventures of Sebastian Cole
(Tod Williams, 1998).
(reported by Char)
Four Pixies songs are played in Rolling Thunder (Scott Dittrich, 1991):
Cecilia Ann, Blown Away, Rock Music and No. 13 Baby.
(reported by Santiago)
The United States Of Leland's soundtrack (Matthew Ryan Hoge, 2003) features three songs by
The Pixies: Gigantic, River Euphrates, and Hang Wire.
It also features Manitoba by Frank Black.
I went to school at n.c. state
university and there was a professor there named John Kessel,
who was also a novelist...he has a book called "Corrupting Dr. Nice" (as well as one called
"Good news from outer space") and discussing it with him, I told him it
reminded me of the pixies and he said "Yes! i'm a big fan!", and said they
were an influence on him, which I thought was funny cause he's like this 55
year old guy. But, anyway, he was telling me how he was debasing this and
that in the novel and dropped the title Un Chien Andalou in a joke in the
text. (submitted by Silntplnet)