Pixies - "Bagboy"

Surprise! Just two weeks after Kim Deal announced she was leaving the band, the Pixies have released “Bagboy,” their first new song in nine years (2004′s “Bam Thwoak” was an iTunes exclusive). It was recorded last fall at Rockfield Studios in Wales, presumably before Deal left the band because it sounds like she’s singing on it. (UPDATE: It’s not Kim.) Here’s some context from Black Francis:

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.

“Bagboy” comes with a video directed by LAMAR+NIK. You can watch below, then use the widget to download the track.

Read our list of the 10 best Pixies songs here.

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Comments (26)
  1. Pleasant surprise. Yet to really form an opinion on the song but I think I like it.

  2. My paycheck didn’t get deposited into my account this morning. It’s foggy and rainy outside here. I’m running on no coffee and no sleep. But this is just enough to keep me going till five.

  3. Ugh. This just solidifies what a bummer it is that “the Deal is off.” At this point, I think I’d prefer Black to just make another solo “rock” album. Svn Fngrs was incredible. But this feels so dated in a very contrived way, like they’re pretending the last 22 years didn’t happen and they’re picking up right where they left off. I enjoy it, but I just can’t help but feel underwhelmed.

  4. Of course the Pixies release a new song this year.

  5. Nice listen, but knowing that you’ll never get to hear Kim singing along with them live if they ever play live again puts a damper on it. I think if they’re going to do anything else with their legacy, just release whatever was left of the sessions that included Deal and call it a day. Since they went out of their way to announce her departure, that either means they’ll carry on without her or just wanted to twist the knife in her back and put the blame on her shoulders if they announce a break-up.

  6. Terrific song. But I’m with michael_ on this one… absent the Kim Deal vocal, this is just a better than average Frank Black solo track.

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  8. I think it´s a great song, love it! Cover your breath, polish your teeth… !!!

  9. Pretty long for a Pixies song. That’s not a complaint, mind you.

    • This was my reaction. So much so that two-thirds of the way through it I looked and discovered that, as far as I can tell, it is the second longest Pixies track.

  10. It was pretty obvious that the Pixies announcement that KD had left the bad was step 1 in continuing w/out her – why else make an announcement. But SHE left..to do other stuff. And that’s good. And if you find yourself confused by the new music or criticizing it or dismissing it, then I’d say the band are indeed picking up where they left off. They Pixies are taking a huge risk by continuing w/out Kim and releasing new music, and (I’m assuming) touring with a different bass player, and risk is what the Pixies were always about. You don’t have to like it but thats ok – they’re used to that.

  11. How is that NOT Kim Deal on the track?

  12. Like the song a lot! Sounds like something off Bossanova but with a modern twist, especially the drums. This makes me optimistic that they could actually release a new album that wouldn’t be a stain on the perfect Pixies catalog.

    Gotta wonder if releasing this song with those great Kim Deal vocals isn’t somehow a ploy to coax her back into the band.

    I say ask Kim Gordon to take over on bass! What a total mindfuck that’d be.

  13. It´s kinda slow and heavy, in a bad way. And I dont´t like the guitar sound.

  14. Those group background vocals kind of make this unlistenable, for me. Also, no Kim, no deal.

  15. I loved it, but then i found out its a guy doing a Kim impression.
    Or so Charles claims unless its a big prank, because I thought they were ALL holed up in Wales recording this album and that he finally got Kim onboard with it and she left after it was recorded.
    All these songs were published under Charles; copyright:
    Alice Prin
    Andro Queen
    Bag Boy
    Banks of the Drain
    Blue Eyed Hexe
    Burnt Out Rock N Roll
    Classic Masher
    Greens and Blues
    Hooray for Jaime Bravo
    Indie Cindy
    Land of Green
    Last Night the Wolves Came Out
    O Little Cloud
    Pickerel Picker
    Rats Alive
    Ring the Bell
    Signal Hill
    Silver Snail
    Tranquilize Me
    Um Chagga Lagga
    Una
    What Goes Boom
    Women of War

  16. If that’s not Kim, then the denial is just adding insult to injury.

  17. I just don’t get it, they broke up over 20 years ago because of differences between Deal and Francis, reunited 10 years later, released just one song and toured off and on for 10 years and now Deal is leaving but the Pixies are going on without her? Why not replace her 20 years ago when it would have at least not felt SO wrong?

  18. I still think a guy is there doing Kims parts but Kim is there as well on top. I dont understand them recording with her last year then recording this last year for a film without her and Charles saying the guy just happened to have Kims tone and everything. Think were being played.

    • That would be a tremendous dick move if Chuck was lying about it. I can’t see him doing that because eventually it would come out if it really was Kim.

  19. I like this song, they sound inspired to me. I wish the guitar and drums weren’t quite so heavy-handed though.

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