Pixies, 'Bagboy'

Two weeks after announcing the departure of bassist Kim Deal, the Pixies this morning surprised fans with the release of “Bagboy,” the band’s first new song since 2004 and one that certainly sounds like it features the backing vocals of the group’s now-former bassist.

The 4:56-long song can be streamed and/or downloaded below, and you can watch the video.

UPDATE: That may sound like Kim Deal, but it’s not. Frontman Black Francis, posting, as he occasionally does, on the frankblack.net forums, writes: “I agree, it does sound a bit like Kim. But it’s my good friend Jeremy Dubs, one of the best people I’ve had the pleasure to know, both socially and professionally.”

Dubs is the singer of Bunnies, and used to be with The Bennies, a group that toured with the Pixies and Frank Black in the past, and who has previously been rumored to be involved with a new Pixies record.

On a Facebook post from Sean Rayburn, the band’s webmaster who is putting together a new Pixies photo book, Dubs confirms: “That’s not Kim, that’s me.”

 

Black Francis tweet

 

In a statement, Black Francis says of the Gil Norton-produced track, which was recorded last October:

“The lyrics, coincidentally, were composed at a Starbucks Coffee in Harvard Square in Cambridge, about a hundred feet from where, 25 years ago, I composed some of the lyrics to an old Pixies song called ‘Break My Body.’ Twenty-five years later, some Starbucks in Harvard Square…I thought that was kind of interesting. The music for the song has been around for a few years. There are some demos I made with Joey and David a few years ago in Los Angeles, related to a film idea that still has yet to see the light of day, although work on the music continued. So a lot of the musical idea had been kicking around for awhile. It’s pretty simple, kind of a blues-based, two-note kind of thing, really.”

On June 14, the Pixies announced that Deal had decided to “move on” in a statement attributed to Black Francis, Joey Santiago and David Lovering that concluded: “We will always consider her a member of the Pixies.” Deal — who has spent much of this year touring with the reunited Last Splash-era lineup of The Breeders — has not publicly discussed her departure.

The Pixies broke up in 1993 after recording four studio albums, but reunited in 2004, and had performed sporadically since then. The band last toured in the fall of 2011.

Until today, the Pixies had released two songs since reuniting: the Deal-sung “Bam Thowk” and a cover of Warren Zevon’s “Ain’t That Pretty At All.”

 

 

Video: Pixies, “Bagboy”

 

Lyrics: Pixies, “Bagboy”

I had a bad reaction to your public hobby writings
I get no satisfaction from your very recent sightings

cover your breath
cover your teeth
cover your breath
polish your speech

like when I hear the sound of feet slapping on the runway
like a small bird pretty while it’s crapping on the new day
cover your breath
polish your speech
cover your breath
polish your teeth

so disappointed I was that I had made small talk with you
I’m not feeling your buzz I only smell your crock of stew
polish your teeth
alter your breath
alter your teeth
cover your breath
Bag boy bag boy bag boy bag boy

she had some beauty and manners but you look like a bug
migrations of their type are such good planners and not smug
cover your breath
alter your speech
cover your breath
alter your speech
Bag boy bag boy bag boy bag boy

you are proselytizing alone
listening to the voice with your ears
you have regurgitated the tone
now sat in your tract for many years
picked up from dead things that you licked
it’s a feedback loop you can’t evict
cover your breath
cover your teeth
cover your breath
polish your speech
cover your breath
polish your speech
cover your breath
polish your teeth
polish your teeth
alter your breath
alter your teeth
cover your breath
cover your breath
alter your speech
cover your breath
alter your speech

 

PREVIOUSLY ON SLICING UP EYEBALLS

 

 

 

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