One of the great crimes of rock history is that the Pixies were never recognised at their peak. It took the recommendation of Kurt Cobain, amongst other influential musicians, for the rock press to give the band the belated credit they deserved. Today the Pixies are more popular than ever, but considering he wrote all of the band’s songs it’s surprising how overlooked Frank Black’s solo career is. Frank has been prolifically releasing great albums since 1993, with some (Teenager of the Year and Dog in the Sand in particular) standing alongside the best work of his band. So, for those either new to Frank or interested in exploring his work post-Pixies, here is a career retrospective of one of America’s great songwriters.
01. Pixies - I’ve Been Tired 02. Pixies - Break my Body 03. Pixies - No. 13 Baby 04. Pixies - Dig for Fire 05. Pixies - Letter to Memphis 06. Frank Black - Adda Lee 07. Frank Black - (I Want to Live on An) Abstract Plane 08. Frank Black - I Don’t Want to Hurt You (Every Single Time) 09. Frank Black and the Catholics - Western Star 10. Frank Black and the Catholics - St. Francis Dam Disaster 11. Frank Black and the Catholics - 21 Reasons 12. Frank Black and the Catholics - Out of State 13. Frank Black and the Catholics - Horrible Day 14. Frank Black - I Burn Today (Live) 15. Black Francis - The Seus 16. Black Francis - Cinema Star