1. The band chose their name after guitarist Joey Santiago was flipping through the dictionary and happened upon the word "pixie."
2. Black Francis' real name is Charles Michael Kittridge Thompson IV. His stage name comes from a joke his father had once made about how he was saving that name in case he had another son.
3. Black Francis met Joey Santiago when they were suitemates at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.
4. The band attempted to recruit Kim Deal's twin sister Kelley to be their drummer, but it didn't work out. Kelley would go on to play guitar in her sister's other band, The Breeders.
5. Kim Deal first met David Lovering at her wedding reception. She remembered him when the band was getting frustrated looking for a drummer to complete the lineup.
6. The lyrics to "Gigantic" were inspired by Crimes of the Heart, a movie in which Sissy Spacek's character has an affair with an African-American teenage boy.
7. "Allison" sounds like it's a song about a girl, but it's really a tribute to jazz pianist Mose Allison.
8. The lyrics of "Debaser" reference Luis Buñuel and Salvador Dali's 1929 Surrealist film Un Chien Andalou, in which a woman's eyeball appears to be sliced open with a straight razor.
9. The original chorus of "Debaser" was actually "Shed, Apollonia!" referring to Prince's girlfriend who led the group Apollonia 6 and appeared in the movie Purple Rain.
10. The lyrics of "Ana" from Bossanova are an acrostic, with the first letter of each line spelling out "SURFER."
11. Kim Deal used the stage name Mrs. John Murphy as an ironic feminist joke on the band's earliest records, inspired by a conversation with a woman who wanted to be called by her husband's name.
12. The lyrics for "Where Is My Mind?" were inspired by a snorkeling trip.
13. "No. 13 Baby" refers to street gangs Black Francis heard about as a kid in California.
Don't want no blue eyes
I want brown eyes
"Viva la Loma Rica was a gang that was around at that time, I think," he explained in the 33 1/3 book about Doolittle. "I don't know anything about them but you used to see the spray pain everywhere – VLLR, for Viva la Loma Rica, 'long live the rich hill.' Thirteen of course is a famous number in gang-speak. The 13th letter of the alphabet, marriage and marijuana. You know, M."