Gary Smith, producer of the first official Pixies release, Come On Pilgrim, once said, "I've heard it said about The Velvet Underground that while not a lot of people bought their albums, everyone who did started a band. I think this is largely true about the Pixies as well. Charles' secret weapon turned out to be not so secret and, sooner or later, all sorts of bands were exploiting the same strategy of wide dynamics. It became a kind of new pop formula and within a short while, "Smells Like Teen Spirit" was charging up the charts and even Kurt Cobain later said that they were just trying to make a Pixies song.
Even if you first heard about Pixies from that famous last scene in Fight Club or from the very public co-signs of rock stars like Kurt, David Bowie, and Radiohead, once you dive into the music it feels purely authentic. In their catchiest, most radio-friendly moments, there was still a visceral element that comes with Black Francis' animalistic snarls or the sweet, addicting backing vocals of Kim Deal. With only four full-length albums to their name, the Pixies managed to produce a catalog of almost no filler. This means that all Pixies fans have their favorite songs. Here are ours.