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Black Francis is the stage name contrived by and for Charles Thompson during his residency in college rock band the Pixies, a period that ran from the group's formation in Boston during 1986 until the dark day in 1993 when Black Francis announced during a BBC radio interview that the group was disbanding. The other members of the Pixies such as Kim Deal were not yet wise to this, finding out a tad bit later when their now former associate faxed them a transcription of relevant parts of the radio show. Thompson's next show business identity was as Frank Black, often in the bandleading context of Frank Black and the Catholics. Publishing bean counters can watch for songwriting credits under both pseudonyms as well as under Charles Thompson; in the latter case he should not be confused with the famed classic jazz keyboardist whose works were recorded by Charlie Parker and many others. Thompson released many albums under his Frank Black moniker, but returned to the Black Francis name for 2007's Bluefinger, which was a concept album about the life and death of Dutch painter/punk rocker Herman Brood and featured some of Black's most ferocious rock in years. Still working under his Black Francis moniker, Black released the sexually charged NonStopErotik in 2010. Abbabubba, a B-sides and demos collection, arrived in 2011 along with The Golem, Francis' score for the 1920 silent film of the same name. ~ Eugene Chadbourne
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Black Francis


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Black Francis

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Black Francis

  1.   Song
    Popularity
  2.   Test Pilot Blues
  3.   Your Mouth Into Mine
  4.   The Obedient Servant
  5.   Stars
  6.   Do What You Want (Gyaneshwar)
  7.   (Oh How I Wish I Could) Stay
  8.   Wild Son
  9.   Rabbits
  10.   Tight Black Rubber
  11.   You Can't Break A Heart And Have It
  12.   Wheels
  13.   The Conjuring
  14.   The Flower Song
  15.   Lake of Sin
  16.   Captain Pasty
  17.   O My Tidy Sum
  18.   Ghost Coming
  19.   She Took All The Money
  20.   Miriam and Florian
  21.   When I Go Down on You
  22.   Threshold Apprehension
  23.   That Burnt Out Rock and Roll
  24.   Lolita
  25.   She Took All the Money
  26.   Gyaneshwar
  27.   You're Gonna Pay
  28.   The Maharal
  29.   Miriam and Florian Theme
  30.   Little Stars Theme
  31.   Get Away Oil
  32.   Astaroth
  33.   Dead Man's Curve
  34.   Corrina
  35.   Cinema Star
  36.   The Seus
  37.   Polly's Into Me
  38.   Angels Come To Comfort You
  39.   Lolita
  40.   Makanujo
  41.   The Cover of the Rolling Stone by Joey Santiago
  42.   Custom All the Way
  43.   Talking
  44.   Nonstoperotik
  45.   Svn Fngrs
  46.   Il Cuchaiao
  47.   Polly's into Me
  48.   Can't Break a Heart and Have It
  49.   Virginia Reel
  50.   Meet Me at the Ghetto Gates
  51.   The Water
  52.   Discotheque 36
  53.   Bluefinger
  54.   All Around the World
  55.   Test Pilot Blues
  56.   The Word (Reprise)
  57.   Discotheque 36
  58.   Six Legged Man
  59.   Angels Come to Comfort You
  60.   Serious Curious
  61.   Captain Pasty
  62.   Bad News
  63.   Alabaster
  64.   Your Mouth Into Mine
  65.   Bluefinger
  66.   Band Intro
  67.   Tight Black Rubber
  68.   Abbabubba

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