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Frank Black (album)Description : Frank Black is the first solo album from the American alternative rock musician Frank Black. The album was recorded in 1992 and released on 9 March 1993 via 4AD, after the breakup of the Pixies.The album was similar in style, both musically and lyrically, to the Pixies' last album Trompe le Monde. Frank Black was characterized by a focus on UFOs and science fiction. Two singles from the album - "Los Angeles" and "Hang on to Your Ego" - were released in 1993.While the Pixies' 1991 album Trompe... Page:f159

Frank Black
Frank black cover.jpg
Studio album by Frank Black
ReleasedMarch 8, 1993
Recorded1992
at The Clubhouse, Burbank, CA
GenreAlternative rock
Length46:29
Label4AD/Elektra
ProducerEric Drew Feldman, Frank Black
Frank Black chronology
Frank Black
(1993)
Teenager of the Year
(1994)

Frank Black is the first solo album from the American alternative rock musician Frank Black. The album was recorded in 1992 and released on 9 March 1993 via 4AD, after the breakup of the Pixies.

The album was similar in style, both musically and lyrically, to the Pixies' last album Trompe le Monde. Frank Black was characterized by a focus on UFOs and science fiction. Two singles from the album - "Los Angeles" and "Hang on to Your Ego" - were released in 1993.

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic4.5/5 stars link
Entertainment Weekly(B-) link
Nude as the News(Very Positive) link
Rolling Stone4/5 stars link
Select5/5 stars [1]

Recording and production

While the Pixies' 1991 album Trompe le Monde was being recorded, Black, known as Black Francis at the time, had discussions with the album's producer, Gil Norton, about a possible solo record. He told Norton he was keen to record again, even though he had no new material; as a result, the two decided on a covers album. However, by the time Francis visited a recording studio again in 1992, he had "plenty of tunes and musical scraps".

He collaborated with Eric Drew Feldman of Pere Ubu to record new material; they began by trimming down the number of covers to one, The Beach Boys' "Hang On to Your Ego". Feldman became the album's producer, and played keyboard and bass guitar on several songs, with former Pixies guitarist Joey Santiago on lead guitar. Francis recorded the album during the hiatus and breakup of the Pixies in late 1992 and early 1993. He then adopted the stage name "Frank Black" (inverting his old persona "Black Francis") and released the results as Frank Black in March 1993.

The song "I Heard Ramona Sing" is featured in the 2010 film Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, as well as its soundtrack.

Music

Frank Black was characterized by a focus on UFOs and science fiction, although he explored other eclectic subjects, such as in "I Heard Ramona Sing", a song about the Ramones. The album was similar in style, both musically and lyrically, to the Pixies' albums Bossanova and Trompe le Monde. Feldman later said that the first record connected his solo career with Trompe le Monde, "but at the same time it is an island, like nothing else he [Black] did".

In live performances, Black said the song Czar was about folk singer John Denver, particularly his energy crisis-era activism and his unsuccessful attempt to become a space tourist.

"Los Angeles"
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Track listing

All songs written by Frank Black except track 3, written by Brian Wilson of Beach Boys fame and Terry Sachen (in the album sleeve the song is erroneously credited to Brian Wilson and Tony Asher).

  1. "Los Angeles" - 4:08
  2. "I Heard Ramona Sing" - 3:40
  3. "Hang On to Your Ego" - 3:24
  4. "Fu Manchu" - 3:02
  5. "Places Named After Numbers" - 2:52
  6. "Czar" - 2:42
  7. "Old Black Dawning" - 2:02
  8. "Ten Percenter" - 3:28
  9. "Brackish Boy" - 1:35
  10. "Two Spaces" - 2:25
  11. "Tossed" (Instrumental Version) - 4:09
  12. "Parry the Wind High, Low" - 4:32
  13. "Adda Lee" - 2:00
  14. "Every Time I Go Around Here" - 3:31
  15. "Don't Ya Rile 'Em" - 2:52

Personnel

  • Frank Black: Vocals, guitar
  • Eric Drew Feldman: Bass, keyboards, synthetics
  • Nick Vincent: Drums, percussion

with guests:

  • Joey Santiago: Guitar
  • Dave Sardy: Guitar
  • John Linnell: Saxophone

Charts

Chart (1993)Peak
position
UK Albums Chart9
US Billboard 200117

Singles

YearSinglePeak positions
US Mod
1993"Los Angeles"6
"Hang On to Your Ego8
"—" denotes releases that did not chart.

Notes and references

  1. ^ Gil Norton was the producer of the Pixies' records from Doolittle onwards.
  2. ^ 4AD. "4AD - Frank Black". Retrieved 2006-11-29. 
  3. ^ "Rolling Stone: Frank Black: Frank Black : Music Reviews". Rolling Stone. 1993-04-01. Retrieved 2006-11-29. 
  4. ^ "The Captain Beefheart Radar Station - Eric Drew Feldman Discography". Retrieved 2006-11-29. Eric Drew Feldman (bass, keyboards, synthetics) 
  5. ^ Frank, Ganz, 2005. p. 187-8
  6. ^ "4AD - 1993 Releases - Frank Black". Retrieved 2007-01-06. 
  7. ^ "4AD - Frank Black (page 2)". 4AD. Retrieved 2006-12-02. 
  8. ^ Frank, Ganz, 2005. p. 188
  9. ^ "FRANK BLACK | Artist | Official Charts". UK Albums Chart. Retrieved October 6, 2013. 
  10. ^ "Frank Black Album & Song Chart History | Billboard.com". Billboard. Retrieved October 6, 2013. 

External links

  • Lyrics and song notes at FrankBlack.net
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Black Francis (Frank Black)
As Frank Black
Studio albums
  • Frank Black (1993)
  • Teenager of the Year (1994)
  • The Cult of Ray (1996)
  • Frank Black Francis (2004)
  • Honeycomb (2005)
  • Fast Man Raider Man (2006)
Compilations
  • Oddballs (2000)
  • Christmass (2006)
  • Frank Black 93–03 (2007)
Singles
  • "Los Angeles" (1993)
  • "Hang On to Your Ego" (1993)
  • "Headache" (1994)
  • "Men in Black" (1995)
  • "The Marsist" (1995)
  • "I Don't Want to Hurt You" (1996)
As Black Francis
Studio albums
  • Bluefinger (2007)
  • Svn Fngrs (2008)
  • The Golem (2010)
  • NonStopErotik (2010)
  • Abbabubba (2011)
  • Paley & Francis (2011)
Singles
  • "Threshold Apprehension" (2007)
Pixies
Studio albums
  • Surfer Rosa (1988)
  • Doolittle (1989)
  • Bossanova (1990)
  • Trompe le Monde (1991)
  • Indie Cindy (2014)
Extended plays
  • Come On Pilgrim (1987)
  • Pixies (2002)
  • EP1 (2013)
  • EP2 (2014)
  • EP3 (2014)
Other albums
  • Death to the Pixies (1997)
  • Pixies at the BBC (1997)
  • Complete 'B' Sides (2001)
  • Live in Minneapolis, MN (2004)
  • Wave of Mutilation: Best of Pixies (2004)
  • Minotaur (2009)
Singles
  • "Gigantic" (1988)
  • "Monkey Gone to Heaven" (1989)
  • "Here Comes Your Man" (1989)
  • "Velouria" (1990)
  • "Dig for Fire" (1990)
  • "Planet of Sound" (1991)
  • "Alec Eiffel" (1992)
  • "Head On" (1992)
  • "Debaser" (1997)
  • "Bam Thwok" (2004)
Frank Black and
the Catholics
Studio albums
  • Frank Black and the Catholics (1998)
  • Pistolero (1999)
  • Sunday Sunny Mill Valley Groove Day (2000, unreleased)
  • Dog in the Sand (2001)
  • Black Letter Days (2002)
  • Devil's Workshop (2002)
  • Show Me Your Tears (2003)
Compilations
  • One More Road for the Hit (2006)
  • Snake Oil (2006)
Singles
  • "All My Ghosts" (1998)
  • "I Gotta Move" (1999)
  • "Robert Onion" (2000)
  • "St. Francis Dam Disaster" (2001)
  • "Everything Is New" (2003)
  • "Nadine" (2003)
Members
  • Scott Boutier
  • Rich Gilbert
  • David McCaffery
  • Dave Philips
  • Lyle Workman
Grand Duchy
  • Petits Fours (2009)
  • Lovesick (2009)
  • Let the People Speak (2012)
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