Charles 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. Thompson regrouped the Pixies in early 2004 and continues to release solo records and tour as a solo artist.

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Year Title RatingReleases
1998 Frank Black and the Catholics 7
1999 Pistolero 5
2000 Dog in the Sand 4
2000 Sunday Sunny Mill Valley Groove Day 1
2002 Black Letter Days 2
2002 Devil’s Workshop 2
2003 Show Me Your Tears 3

Album + Compilation

Year Title RatingReleases
2006 One More Road for the Hit 1
2006 Snake Oil 1
2015 The Complete Recordings 1

Album + Live

Year Title RatingReleases
2003 Live at the State in Regina 1
2012 Live at Melkweg (March 24th, 2001) 2
Live at Shepherd’s Bush Empire, London, England (2003‐12‐01) 1
Live at Slim’s, San Francisco, CA, USA (2003‐04‐19) 1


Year Title RatingReleases
1998 All My Ghosts 3
1998 Dog Gone 1
1998 I Gotta Move 1
2001 Robert Onion 1
2001 St. Francis Dam Disaster 1
2003 Everything Is New 1
2003 Nadine 2


Year Title RatingReleases
2003 iTunes Exclusive EP 1

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