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Dark Francis may be the stage name contrived simply by as well as for Charles Thompson during his residency in university rock-band the Pixies, an interval that ran from your group’s formation in Boston during 1986 before dark day time in 1993 when Dark Francis announced throughout a BBC radio interview the group was disbanding. Another members from the Pixies such as for example Kim Deal weren’t yet smart to this, learning a tad little bit later on when their right now previous associate faxed them a transcription of relevant elements of the radio display. Thompson’s next display business identification was as Frank Dark, often within the bandleading framework of Frank Dark and the Catholics. Posting bean counters can observe for songwriting credits under both pseudonyms in addition to under Charles Thompson; within the last mentioned case he shouldn’t be baffled with the famed common jazz keyboardist whose functions were documented by Charlie Parker and many more. Thompson released many albums under his Frank Dark moniker, but came back to the Dark Francis name for 2007’s Bluefinger, that was a concept record about the life span and loss of life of Dutch painter/punk rocker Herman Brood and highlighted a few of Black’s most ferocious rock and roll in years. Still functioning under his Dark Francis moniker, Dark released the sexually billed NonStopErotik this year 2010. Abbabubba, a B-sides and demos collection, found its way to 2011 combined with the Golem, Francis’ rating for the 1920 silent film of the same name.

Quick Facts


Full Name Black Francis
Profession Songwriter, Singer-songwriter, Guitarist, Film Score Composer
Education University of Massachusetts Amherst
Nationality American
Spouse Violet Clark, Jean Black
Children Lucy Berlin, Jack Errol Thompson
Music Groups Pixies, Frank Black and the Catholics, Grand Duchy, Pigface
Music Songs Hang On to Your Ego, I Heard Ramona Sing, Threshold Apprehension, Los Angeles, Headache, I Don’t Want to Hurt You, Men In Black, I Burn Today, Calistan, Abstract Plain, You Can’t Break a Heart and Have It, Speedy Marie, Places Named After Numbers, Your Mouth Into Mine, Whatever Happened to Pong?, Two Reelers, Thalassocracy, You Ain’t Me, Superabound, Pray for the Girls, In the Time of My Ruin, Olé Mulholland, Fiddle Riddle, The Vanishing Spies, Adda Lee, Freedom Rock, Fu Manchu, Space Is Gonna Do Me Good, Everything Is New, Don’t Ya Rile ’Em, White Noise Maker, If Your Poison Gets You
Albums Doolittle, Teenager of the Year, The Cult of Ray, Fast Man Raider Man, Bluefinger, The Golem, Honeycomb, Surfer Rosa, NonStopErotik, Frank Black, Head Carrier, Trompe le Monde, Indie Cindy, Frank Black Francis, Christmass, Svn Fngrs, Oddballs, Frank Black 93–03, Abbabubba, Wave of Mutilation: Best of Pixies, Death to the Pixies, Pixies, Come On Pilgrim, Live At Melkweg (March 24th, 2001), Live in Nijmegen, The Complete Recordings
Movies The Golem: How He Came into the World


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#Fact
1 Was approached for the part of Victor Modino in Heavy (1995). He turned it down, saying he "didn't want to play that type of character".
2 Black is referenced in the song "Veruca Salt Et Frank Black" by Vincent Delerm in the album Kensington Square [2004].
3 Frank and his wife Violet welcomed their second child, Lucy Berlin on April 21st. She was born at 5:30 am, weighing just under 8 lbs, 10 oz
4 First child, son Jack Errol Thompson, was born on 7 January 2005 in Springfield, Oregon.
5 Black is referenced in the song "Fire Water Burn" by Bloodhound gang, with the lyric "I'm not black like Barry White, no, I'm white like Frank Black is". The song then pays homage to Black's band Pixies by rewriting several lines of their song "Monkey Gone to Heaven" from Pixies' seminal 1989 album "Doolittle".
6 The Pixies reunited in 2004.
7 Former lead singer of the influential alternative group The Pixies.
8 Developed his trademark singing style after a friend told him to scream The Beatles' "Oh Darling" "like you hate that b****!"


Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Gold 2016/I writer: "Hey" - as Charles Thompson
Black Mirror 2016 TV Series writer - 1 episode
The Edge of Seventeen 2016 writer: "Snakes" - as Charles Thompson
Daddy's Home 2015 writer: "Here Comes Your Man" - as Charles Thompson
The Leftovers 2015 TV Series writer - 2 episodes
Mr. Robot 2015 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Knock Knock 2015/I writer: "Where Is My Mind?" - as Charles Thompson
Forza Horizon 2 2014 Video Game writer: "Debaser" - as Charles Thompson
Ven a jugar 2014/II Short performer: "I Want To Live On An Abstract Plane" / writer: "I Want To Live On An Abstract Plane"
Dom Hemingway 2013 as Thompson, "Debaser"
Horns 2013 writer: "Where is My Mind" - as Charles Thompson
Galore 2013 writer: "Gigantic" - as Thompson
The Simpsons 2013 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Sound City 2013 Documentary performer: "All My Ghosts" / writer: "All My Ghosts"
This Is 40 2012 writer: "Debaser" - as Charles Thompson
The Good Wife 2012 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Seeking a Friend for the End of the World 2012 performer: "In The Time Of My Ruin"
ACAB - All Cops Are Bastards 2012 writer: "Where Is My Mind?" - as C. Thompson
Lena 2011 writer: "Here comes your man" - as Charles Thompson
Warehouse 13 2011 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Sucker Punch 2011 writer: "WHERE IS MY MIND?" - as Charles Thompson
Gianni e le donne 2011 lyrics: "Here Comes Your Man" / music: "Here Comes Your Man"
I Melt with You 2011 writer: "Debaser", "Caribou" - as Charles Thompson
It's Kind of a Funny Story 2010 writer: "Where Is My Mind?"
Scott Pilgrim vs. the World 2010 performer: "I Heard Ramona Sing" / writer: "I Heard Ramona Sing"
Mr. Nobody 2009 writer: "Where Is My Mind" - as Thompson
Ghost Bird 2009 Documentary writer: "Where Is My Mind" - as Black Francis
Observe and Report 2009 writer: "Where Is My Mind?" - as Charles Thompson
(500) Days of Summer 2009 writer: "Here Comes Your Man" - as Charles Thompson
Zack and Miri Make a Porno 2008 writer: "Hey" - as Black Francis
Mid-August Lunch 2008 writer: "Here Comes Your Man" - as Black Francis
Waiting for Hockney 2008 Documentary performer: " I Want To Live On An Abstract Plain"
Forgetting Sarah Marshall 2008 performer: "You Can't Break a Heart and Have It" - as Black Francis
Rock Band 2007 Video Game writer: "Wave of Mutilation"
Accepted 2006 writer: "U-Mass" - as Black Francis
Southland Tales 2006 writer: "Wave of Mutilation" UK Surf - as Black Francis
Rising Son: The Legend of Skateboarder Christian Hosoi 2006 Documentary writer: "Tame" - as Thompson Charles Michael Kittr
Coachella 2006 Video documentary writer: "Where Is My Mind" - as Black Francis
American Wasteland 2005 Video Game performer: "Los Angeles" / writer: "Los Angeles"
Veronica Mars 2005 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Deuce Bigalow: European Gigolo 2005 writer: "Here Comes Your Man" - as Black Francis
The Call 2005 Short writer: "Ed Is Dead"
The O.C. 2005 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Overtime 2004/I Short performer: "85 Weeks" / writer: "85 Weeks"
Stuck on You 2003 writer: "Here Comes Your Man", "La La Loves You" - as Black Francis
Janis et John 2003 writer: "Where is my mind"
The United States of Leland 2003 performer: "Manitoba" / writer: "Gigantic", "River Euphrates", "Hang Wire" - as Black Francis / writer: "Manitoba"
The Powerpuff Girls Movie 2002 performer: "Pray For The Girls" / writer: "Pray For The Girls"
On the Edge 2001 writer: "Is She Weird?" - as Charles Thompson
Say It Isn't So 2001 writer: "Here Comes Your Man" - as Black Francis
Haiku Tunnel 2001 writer: "Debaser" - as Black Francis
Unbreakable 2000 writer: "I've Been Tired" 1987 - as Black Francis
Fight Club 1999 writer: "Where Is My Mind"
The Powerpuff Girls 1998 TV Series performer: "Pray for the Girls"
The Adventures of Sebastian Cole 1998 writer: "Where is My Mind"
Knoflíkári 1997 performer: "You Ain't Me"
Grosse Pointe Blank 1997 writer: "Monkey Gone to Heaven" - as Black Francis
Great Railway Journeys 1996 TV Series documentary writer - 1 episode
Beavis and Butt-Head 1993-1994 TV Series performer - 2 episodes
Singles 1992 writer: "Dig for Fire" - as Black Francis
Hold Me Thrill Me Kiss Me 1992 writer: "Where is My Mind", "La La Love You"
Pump Up the Volume 1990 writer: "Wave of Mutilation U.K. Surf"
A Matter of Degrees 1990 writer: "Where Is My Mind" - as Black Francis

Composer

Composer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Moon Seek 2007 Short music by
Pixies: Live at the Paradise in Boston 2006 Video
The Low Budget Time Machine 2003
Jab Pyar Kiya to Darna Kya 1991

Music Department

Music Department

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Magnificent Tati 2009 Documentary performer - 'The Jacques Tati'
Stuck 2003/II composer: song "Dog in the Sand"
Crime + Punishment in Suburbia 2000 composer: additional score
Seize the Day 1996 musician - as Pixies

Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Pixies Sell Out: 2004 Reunion Tour 2005 Video

Writer

Writer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Pixies 2004 Video

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Unknown Brood 2016 Documentary Himself
Berlin Live 2016 TV Series Himself
¡Atención obras! 2014 TV Series Himself
Ànima 2014 TV Series Himself
Sound City 2013 Documentary Himself
Morning Prayer with Skott and Behr 2010 TV Series Himself (2010)
Funny or Die Presents... 2010 TV Series Himself
The Magnificent Tati 2009 Documentary Himself
Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job! 2008 TV Series Himself
Seven Ages of Rock 2007 TV Series documentary Himself
Late Night with Conan O'Brien 1994-2006 TV Series Himself - Musical Guest / Himself
loudQUIETloud: A Film About the Pixies 2006 Documentary Charles "Black Francis" Thompson
Follow My Voice: With the Music of Hedwig 2006 Documentary Himself
The Henry Rollins Show 2006 TV Series Himself
Later... With Jools Holland 2005 TV Series Himself
The Pixies 2004 Video Himself
Placebo: Soulmates Never Die - Live in Paris 2003 2004 Video documentary Himself
I Love the '80s Strikes Back 2003 TV Series documentary
Impact: Songs That Changed the World 2003 TV Mini-Series documentary Himself
Gigantic (A Tale of Two Johns) 2002 Documentary Himself
Pixies: Gouge 2001 TV Movie documentary Himself (as Charles Thompson)
The Adam and Joe Show 1997-1999 TV Series Himself
David Bowie: An Earthling at 50 1997 TV Movie documentary Himself - Live on Stage with Bowie
Freaks, Nerds & Weirdos 1994 TV Movie Himself
Juke Box Jury 1990 TV Series Himself - Panellist
Beyond the Groove 1990 TV Series Himself

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
JBTV 2010 TV Series Himself

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#Quote
1 It is just sort of insulting, though, that all I will probably be remembered for is that fact that a very famous dude casually dropped my name in an interview. That this is as good as it will get for me, that I will always be subservient to that remark. (On Kurt Cobain)
2 I think that morality is not God-given or even acquired through religion, it's natural, innate and, to be honest, pretty damn obvious. It's obvious you shouldn't steal, kill or be cruel.


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