Frank Black Meets Black Francis

Published: 2004-10-12
He's recently been reunited with his former band The Pixies, but hasn't returned to his former name. Once called Black Francis, Frank Black has decided to mesh the two personalities in a compilation album. Today (October 12th) sees the release of the aptly titled 'Frank Black Francis' via Sonic Unyon Records in Canada.

There are a whopping 28 tracks featured on 'Frank Black Francis', spanning his time with The Pixies (as Black Francis), but performed as solo artist (Frank Black). Since there is such an impressive amount of material included on the record, the album comes in a two disc set.

Frank Black stepped out into the realm of solo artist in 1993, right after he ended the highly influential Pixies. It was in March of 1993 that his self-titled solo debut came out, and it was warmly received by critics. Since then Black has gone on to release ten solo albums, for some reason not putting out any under his real name of Charles Michael Kitteridge Thompson IV.

Some of Black's most memorable work came with The Pixies, though. Formed in 1986, The Pixies would go on to inspire bands like Nirvana with their bass heavy approach to music seen on albums like 1988's 'Surfer Rosa' and 1989's 'Doolittle'. Disputes between band members, mainly Black and bassist Kim Deal, led to the band's demise in the early '90s. However, The Pixies recently reformed and played a host of world dates much to the delight of their fans.

The track-listing of 'Frank Black Francis' is:

'The Holiday Song'
'I'm Amazed'
'Rock a My Soul'
'Isla de Encanta'
'Broken Face'
'Build High'
'Nimrod's Son'
'Ed Is Dead'
'Boom Chickaboom'
'I've Been Tired'
'Break My Body'
'Oh My Golly'
'Where Is My Mind?'
'Nimrod's Son'
'Levitate Me'
'Wave of Mutilation'
'Monkey Gone to Heaven'
'The Holiday Song'
'Into The White'
'Is She Weird?'
'Planet of Sound'

Writer: Jaclyn Arndt



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