Pixies started in Boston in 1986, and immediately stood out on the alternative rock charts. Surfer Rosa (1988) and Doolittle (1989) are among the most influential albums in the last 25 years, and had a direct influence of indie/alternative rock explosion of the ‘90s and beyond. Bands like Nirvana, Weezer, Pavement and Modest Mouse are all children of the Pixies' distinctive style. Their roots can be traced to Iggy Pop and Captain Beefheart, post-punk (Wire, Pere Ubu), noise rock (Sonic Youth, Hüsker Dü) and power pop (Big Star, Cheap Trick). With an endless punk energy, Pixies mixed those influences into a deliciously strong cocktail all their own, which rarely fell into the mainstream. Marked by only limited success, the band released only four albums during their initial career. After a long breakup, they first reunited briefly in 2003. Following the success of the Doolittle 20th anniversary tour in 2010, and having found a new generation of fans, the band reunited more permanently and, despite the departure of bassist Kim Deal, have begun releasing new material again.