Frank Black (album)
|Studio album by Frank Black|
|Released||March 8, 1993|
at The Clubhouse, Burbank, CA
|Producer||Eric Drew Feldman, Frank Black|
|Frank Black chronology|
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.
|Entertainment Weekly||(B-) link|
|Nude as the News||(Very Positive) link|
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.
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".
A sample of Los Angeles.
|Problems playing this file? See media help.|
- "Los Angeles" - 4:08
- "I Heard Ramona Sing" - 3:40
- "Hang On to Your Ego" - 3:24
- "Fu Manchu" - 3:02
- "Places Named After Numbers" - 2:52
- "Czar" - 2:42
- "Old Black Dawning" - 2:02
- "Ten Percenter" - 3:28
- "Brackish Boy" - 1:35
- "Two Spaces" - 2:25
- "Tossed" (Instrumental Version) - 4:09
- "Parry the Wind High, Low" - 4:32
- "Adda Lee" - 2:00
- "Every Time I Go Around Here" - 3:31
- "Don't Ya Rile 'Em" - 2:52
- Frank Black: Vocals, guitar
- Eric Drew Feldman: Bass, keyboards, synthetics
- Nick Vincent: Drums, percussion
|UK Albums Chart||9|
|US Billboard 200||117|
|"Hang On to Your Ego||8|
|"—" denotes releases that did not chart.|
Notes and references
- Gil Norton was the producer of the Pixies' records from Doolittle onwards.
- 4AD. "4AD - Frank Black". Retrieved 2006-11-29.
- "Rolling Stone: Frank Black: Frank Black : Music Reviews". Rolling Stone. 1993-04-01. Retrieved 2006-11-29.
- "The Captain Beefheart Radar Station - Eric Drew Feldman Discography". Retrieved 2006-11-29. "Eric Drew Feldman (bass, keyboards, synthetics)"
- Frank, Ganz, 2005. p. 187-8
- "4AD - 1993 Releases - Frank Black". Retrieved 2007-01-06.
- "4AD - Frank Black (page 2)". 4AD. Retrieved 2006-12-02.
- Frank, Ganz, 2005. p. 188
- "FRANK BLACK | Artist | Official Charts". UK Albums Chart. Retrieved October 6, 2013.
- "Frank Black Album & Song Chart History | Billboard.com". Billboard. Retrieved October 6, 2013.