This Date in Music History: April 13

The Pixies never-ending reunion begins and Obama v. Romney: The Sing-Off, revisited

click to enlarge The Pixies in 2004 (Photo: FlickreviewR)
The Pixies in 2004 (Photo: FlickreviewR)

On this day in 2004, Frank Black, Kim Deal, Joey Santiago and David Lovering put their differences aside to honor their legacy and make a shit-ton of cash, reuniting for a Pixies reunion tour that recently completed its seventh year. The first show back was at Minneapolis' Fine Line Cafe, where they opened with "Bone Machine," the first song on the group's first full-length, Surfer Rosa. The band has mixed things up on their global tour by performing albums in full and, uh, mixing up the setlist (maybe?), but one thing they haven't done is record more than a smidgen of new music. On the other hand, it seems only fair that the group members reap some rewards from their influential work. It would just be interesting to hear what the four of them could come up with if they attempted a new album. 

Here's "Bone Machine" performed live on a TV show in the Netherlands, "back in the day." Scrappy!

Click on for Born This Day featuring Bud Freeman, Bill Conti and Al Green.


Born This Day: Musical movers and shakers sharing an April 13 birthday include Jazz saxophonist/clarinetist Bud Freeman (1906); regular conductor of the orchestra at the Academy Awards, Bill Conti (1942); Jefferson Airplane/Hot Tuna bassist Jack Casady (1944); singer/songwriter/guitarist for classic Rock band Little Feat, Lowell George (1945); R&B singer Peabo Bryson (1951); and Soul legend and pastor Al Green (1946).

One of the greatest Soul singers in popular music's history, the now-66-year-old Green was most recently in the news when the Leader of the Free World paid tribute to HIM during a fundraising appearance at The Apollo Theater in New York City earlier this year. Barrack Obama shouted at India.Arie, then Al Green, and then sang a bit of Green's "Let's Stay Together." Check the sweet vibrato on which he floats the "I-I-I," as well as, of course, the suaveness of the second most popular falsetto of 2012 (behind Bon Iver).

As President Obama notes, "the Sandman didn't come out" and sweep him off stage mid-performance. The audience reacted like it was The Beatles on Ed Sullivan all over again. And Rev. Green himself approved of the mini performance, telling TMZ simply, "He nailed it." But Obama squashed the opportunity to score a No. 1 single (and ringtone), and probably a Grammy by saying after his vocal exhibition that he would not be singing any further, let alone recording a duet with Green of the song.

If the presidential election of 2012 was American Idol (and, really, is it THAT far off?), they could call it right now and save us all a lot of annoying campaign BS this year.

I know, I know, it's unfair. It's like comparing Little Richard's "Tutti Frutti" to Pat Boone's version.

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