Frank Black (US singer, songwriter & guitarist)

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Legal name: Charles Michael Kittridge Thompson IV

Also performs as: Black Francis


Charles Michael Kittridge Thompson IV (born April 6, 1965) is an American singer, songwriter and guitarist. He is best known as the frontman of the influential alternative rock band Pixies, with whom he performs under the stage name Black Francis. Following the band's breakup in 1993, he embarked on a solo career under the name Frank Black. After releasing two albums with 4AD, he left the label and formed a new band, Frank Black and the Catholics. He re-adopted the name Black Francis in 2007.

His vocal style has varied from a screaming, yowling delivery as lead vocalist of Pixies to a more measured and melodic style in his solo career. His cryptic lyrics mostly explore unconventional subjects, such as surrealism, incest and biblical violence, along with science fiction and surf culture. His use of atypical meter signatures, loud–quiet dynamics and distinct preference for live-to-two-track recording in his career as a solo artist give him a distinct style within alternative rock.

As frontman of Pixies, his songs (such as "Where Is My Mind?" and "Debaser") received praise and citations from contemporaries, including Radiohead's Thom Yorke and Nirvana's Kurt Cobain. Cobain once said that "Smells Like Teen Spirit" was his attempt to "rip off the Pixies". He reformed the Pixies in 2004 and continues to release solo records and tour as a solo artist.

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Year Title Artist Rating Releases
1993 Frank Black Frank Black 6
1994 Teenager of the Year Frank Black 5
1996 The Cult of Ray Frank Black 4
2005 Honeycomb Frank Black 3 4
2006 Fast Man Raider Man Frank Black 2

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist Rating Releases
2000 Oddballs Compilation Frank Black 1
2004 Frank Black Francis Compilation Frank Black 3
2006 Christmass Compilation Frank Black 1
2007 93-03 Compilation Frank Black 3

Album + Live

Year Title Artist Rating Releases
1994 Black Session Live Frank Black 1
1995 The Black Sessions (live in Paris) + The Kitchen Tapes Live Frank Black 2


Year Title Artist Rating Releases
1993 Hang On to Your Ego Frank Black 1
1993 Los Angeles Frank Black 3
1994 Headache Frank Black 4
1994 Speedy Marie Frank Black 1
1995 Men in Black Frank Black 3
1995 The Marsist Frank Black 1
1996 I Don't Want to Hurt You (Every Single Time) Frank Black 2
1998 Dog Gone Frank Black 1
2003 Everything Is New Frank Black 1


Year Title Artist Rating Releases
1993 Hello Recording Club 1993-11 Frank Black 1

EP + Live

Year Title Artist Rating Releases
1996 The Live EP Live Frank Black 1
1998 The John Peel Session Live Frank Black & Teenage Fanclub 1

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