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Frank Black

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Inverting his stage name from Black colored Francis to Frank Black colored, the former Pixies lead singer/songwriter embarked on a single job after he split up the group in early 1993; in fact, he began documenting his solo recording before he informed the band the news headlines. Working with previous Pere Ubu member Eric Drew Feldman, Dark occasionally heads in to the ferocious post-punk acoustic guitar territory that designated such landmark albums as Surfer Rosa and Doolittle, but more often he takes on up his substantially underrated melodic part. His self-titled 1993 debut recording was an exciting sketchbook of pop designs ranging from browse rock and roll to rock; from Beatlesque pop to fresh influx. Black’s second recording, 1994’s Teen of the entire year, was a sprawling and varied recording that amplified all of the best factors of Frank Dark. Though it received beneficial reviews and experienced an alternative solution radio strike with “Headaches,” it slipped from the charts fourteen days after its launch. Black parted methods with Elektra and 4AD in early 1995, putting your signature on a fresh record agreement with American within the U.S. and Sony in European countries. He released his initial record for American and Sony, the hard-rocking The Cult of Ray, in January 1996. The Cult of Ray barely discovered the wide market Black had envisioned, selling considerably significantly less than his two prior initiatives. Early in 1997, American was compelled to close briefly because they straightened out their economic problems. Dark was lost within the shuffle. He previously recorded an record using the Catholics — essentially only a renamed edition of his The Cult of Ray helping music group — but was struggling to discharge it because of American’s problems. Ultimately, he wrangled himself clear of both American and Sony. Early in 1998, he agreed upon with Play It Once again Sam in Britain, and he released Frank Dark and the Catholics that springtime. He was still left lacking any American record agreement until spinART found the record for discharge within the U.S. in August. Pistolero implemented in 1999. Pet dog within the Fine sand was issued 2 yrs afterwards. In 2002, Dark came back with two albums, the ambitious Dark Letter Days as well as the Devil’s Workshop, a far more laid-back effort. Display Me Your Tears, that was influenced by Black’s therapy classes, adopted a year later on. He came back to prominence in 2004 having a Pixies reunion, a task that included UNITED STATES tours that springtime and fall; an appearance in the Coachella event; times in European countries as well as the U.K. that summer time, including a overall performance in the T within the Recreation area event; Pixies, a Dvd and blu-ray retrospective; a fresh best-of collection, Wave of Mutilation: THE VERY BEST of Pixies; and finally, the chance of a fresh Pixies recording. That fall, Frank Dark Francis, a double-disc group of early Pixies demos and reinterpretations of Pixies tunes by Dark and both Pale Boys, found its way to the midst of most this activity. The Pixies reunion tour continuing into 2005; that summer time, Dark released Honeycomb, a assortment of tunes documented in Nashville, Tennessee, offering performances by program greats such as for example Spooner Oldham, Reggie Small, Anton Fig, and Steve Cropper. He reunited with this team and added a bunch of other visitor celebrities for 2006’s sprawling double-album Fast Man Raider Man, which he backed having a string of times starting for Foo Fighters. Though 2007’s Bluefinger was an idea album about the life span and loss of life of Dutch painter/punk rocker Herman Brood, it presented a few of Black’s most ferocious rock and roll in years — therefore much so, actually, that it had been acknowledged to his Pixies persona Dark Francis. Frank Dark returned the next year using the Seus EP, which preceded the mini-album SVN FNGRS, a couple of music motivated with the Irish star of Cúchulainn. This year 2010 Dark, still functioning under his Dark Francis moniker, released the sexually billed NonStopErotik along with a five-disc, limited-edition edition of his music for the 1920 silent horror film The Golem, directed by Carl Boese and Paul Wegener. In 2011, a single-disc edition from the Golem along with a B-sides collection, Abbabubba, appeared. Paley & Francis, a cooperation with longtime friend Reid Paley with efforts from Muscles Shoals aces Spooner Oldham and David Hood, was also released. In 2012, a set of live produces, Live on the Melkweg and Reside in Nijmegen, had been released by Bureau B Information.

Quick Facts


Date Of Birth April 6, 1965
Height 1.73 m
Profession Songwriter, Music Producer, Guitarist, Singer-songwriter, Film Score Composer
Education University of Massachusetts Amherst
Nationality American
Spouse Violet Clark, Jean Black
Children Jack Errol Thompson, Lucy Berlin
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, When They Come to Murder Me, Calistan, I Burn Today, Abstract Plain, You Can’t Break a Heart and Have It, Speedy Marie, Places Named After Numbers, Whatever Happened to Pong?, Two Reelers, Your Mouth Into Mine, Old Black Dawning, Thalassocracy, Pray for the Girls, Superabound, I Could Stay Here Forever, In the Time of My Ruin, The Vanishing Spies, You Ain’t Me, Fiddle Riddle, Olé Mulholland, Everything Is New, Freedom Rock, Adda Lee, White Noise Maker, Space Is Gonna Do Me Good, Fu Manchu
Albums Doolittle, Teenager of the Year, Frank Black and the Catholics, The Cult of Ray, Fast Man Raider Man, Bluefinger, Frank Black, Honeycomb, The Golem, Surfer Rosa, NonStopErotik, Trompe le Monde, Indie Cindy, Head Carrier, Frank Black Francis, Svn Fngrs, Christmass, Frank Black 93–03, Oddballs, Abbabubba, Wave of Mutilation: Best of Pixies, Death to the Pixies, Come On Pilgrim, Pixies, 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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