The singer/bassist left the band in 2013 and was replaced by Kim Shattuck and now frontman Black Francis has spoken candidly about his relationship with the Breeders star in a new musical "thank-you letter" to Deal.
The track, All I Think About Now, is sung by Paz Lenchantin, who is the group's current bass player.
The former Zwan star admits the song comes at the perfect time for her, because she's no longer nervous about becoming Deal's replacement: "I was very nervous in the beginning when I went to that first rehearsal," she explains. "There were these shoes I felt I had to fill, and I tried to do the best I could for the fans. I tried to make the live performances true to the originals and I spent three years learning to understand what being a Pixie meant.
"Now my heart, spirit and love for their music is embedded in me and I feel like I have become a Pixie."