Pixies: Black Francis, Kim Deal, Joey Santiago, David Lovering

Pixies influence on music is undeniable. They played a major role in developing the loud/quiet template, with the emphasis on the noisy part, that the likes of Nirvana went on to exploit commercially. On a personal level, they were my sound of 1988 and their music is entwined forever with memories of emotionally turbo-charged gigs that year and the adventures of travelling the country including hitching a lift from a member of Fairport Convention, fruitless attempts at sleeping on London Victoria train station being disturbing by people rustling for loose change in pay phones, and watching on in awe as a friend interviewed Black Francis for her fanzine.