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 record label 4AD and one with American Recordings, 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 the 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 the 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". Thompson reformed the Pixies in 2004 and continues to release solo records and tour as a solo artist.

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
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 RatingReleases
2000 Oddballs Frank Black 1
2004 Frank Black Francis Frank Black 3
2006 Christmass Frank Black 1
2007 93–03 Frank Black 3

Album + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1993 Live (Thursday, June 24, 1993, 10pm EST) Frank Black / They Might Be Giants 1
1994 1994‐06‐13: Hate Me: Live Wetlands New York City, NY, USA Frank Black 1
1994 Black Session Frank Black 1
1994 Live at the Reading Festival Frank Black 1
1995 The Black Sessions (live in Paris) + The Kitchen Tapes Frank Black 2
1996 1996‐04‐24: Portland, OR, USA Frank Black 1
1993‐07‐03: New Orleans, LA, USA Frank Black 1
1996‐06‐14: Hultsfred, Sweden Frank Black 1
1996‐09‐21: Santa Monica, CA, USA Frank Black 1
2000‐02‐22: Minneapolis, MN, USA Frank Black 1
2000‐11‐01: Hamburg, Germany Frank Black 1
2006‐09‐29: Berkeley, CA, USA Frank Black 1
No Big Deal Frank Black 1
The Dream Is Over Frank Black 1


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1993 Hang On to Your Ego Frank Black 2
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
1996 You Ain’t Me Frank Black 1
1998 Dog Gone Frank Black 1
2003 Everything Is New Frank Black 1


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1993 Hello Recording Club 1993‐11 Frank Black 1
College Demo Frank Black 1

EP + Live

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


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2004 Honeycomb (early version) Frank Black 1
2005‐05‐17: BBC 6Music “Hub Session”, London, UK Frank Black 1

Other + Interview

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1994 Conversation and Music With Frank Black Frank Black 1


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1993: WBRU, Providence, RI, USA Frank Black 1
1996‐03‐21: WBCN, Boston, MA, USA Frank Black 1
2005‐05‐17: 6Music Hub, London, England, UK Frank Black 1
2007‐07‐01: Pyramid Marquee, Rock Werchter Festival, Werchter, Belgium Frank Black 1
Peel Session (1996‐02‐17) Frank Black 1

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