Kim Deal leaves the Pixies

The Pixies in 2004: Kim Deal, Joey Santiago, David Lovering, Frank Black. (Chapman Baehler)

The Pixies in 2004: Kim Deal, Joey Santiago, David Lovering, Frank Black. (Chapman Baehler)

The Pixies announced abruptly on Friday that bassist Kim Deal — whose girlish singing voice was ripped off by just about every woman in ’90s alt-rock — has parted ways with the band. “We are very proud to have worked with her on and off over the last 25 years,” the revered indie-rock pioneers said in a statement. “Despite her decision to move on, we will always consider her a member of the Pixies, and her place will always be here for her. We wish her all the best.” What exactly this breakup means for a band that has only released one new song in the past two decades is unclear; presumably that it will take a lot of lawyers to put together the next reunion tour. Deal has been touring with a reformed version of her other old band, the Breeders, for the 20th anniversary of their “Last Splash” album. In the meantime, here she is back in 1988 singing lead on the Pixies’ “Gigantic.”

From PostRock in 2009: Kim Deal is the coolest person in the world

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