From the return of The Cure, Duran Duran, and Morrissey to the premiere of VH1's Bands Reunited, 2004 was definitely the year for dusting off musical acts of old. But while the prospect of a new-millennium ''Hungry Like the Wolf'' was campily intriguing to anyone who wore parachute pants in the '80s, the announcement that the Pixies would reunite to play Coachella generated a wave of completely unironic anticipation. It was also a little nerve-racking. Twelve years had passed since the Pixies split. What kind of spectacle would fans witness? On May 1, on a sweltering stage in a California desert, they got their answer: a rousing set rich in alt-rock gems like ''Debaser'' and ''Into the White.'' No wonder the crowd responded as if the Pixies not the Cure and Radiohead were the main event. Even the band itself seemed inspired by the show, going on to launch a reunion tour that speedily sold out. Now if only they would consider making a new record though the chances seem as slim as the Pixies' influence is vast. As drummer David Lovering told EW earlier this year, ''We're taking it one day at a time.''