Teenager of the Year

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Not to be confused with Lo-Tel song Teenager of the Year

Teenager of the Year
Studio album by Frank Black
Released May 23, 1994 (1994-05-23)
Recorded American, Calabasas, CA
Genre Alternative rock
Length 62:51
Label 4AD/Elektra
Producer Eric Drew Feldman, Frank Black, Al Clay
Frank Black chronology
Frank Black
(1993)
Teenager of the Year
(1994)
The Cult of Ray
(1996)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars [1]
Entertainment Weekly (A-) [2]
NME 8/10 stars [3]
Nude as the News (Very Positive) [4]
Rolling Stone 3.5/5 stars [5]

Released in 1994, Teenager of the Year was Frank Black’s second solo album, produced by former Pere Ubu member Eric Drew Feldman, who also played keyboards.[6] This album is often cited as the high-point of Francis' post-Pixies catalogue,[7][8][9] even being named to Pitchfork's "Top 100 Albums of the 90's".[10] Long considered a testament to Frank Black's songwriting skills as well as his virtue as a performer, Teenager also features work by several backing musicians, including Pixies guitarist Joey Santiago and guitarist Lyle Workman. Although not originally well-received, the record is now widely praised by both critics and fans as his strongest post-Pixies moment.[11]

The album reached number 2 on Billboard's Heat Seekers list and 131 on The Billboard 200 list in 1994. The single "Headache" reached number 10 on Billboard's Modern Rock Tracks that year.[12]

Although it is out of print in LP or CD form, like all of Black Francis' non-Pixies catalogue, it is available to stream on his website [1].

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Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Black Francis.

  1. "Whatever Happened to Pong?" – 1:34
  2. "Thalassocracy" – 1:33
  3. "(I Want to Live on an) Abstract Plain" – 2:17
  4. "Calistan" – 3:22
  5. "The Vanishing Spies" – 3:37
  6. "Speedy Marie" – 3:33
  7. "Headache" – 2:52
  8. "Sir Rockaby" – 2:54
  9. "Freedom Rock" – 4:16
  10. "Two Reelers" – 3:01
  11. "Fiddle Riddle" – 3:29
  12. "Olé Mulholland" – 4:41
  13. "Fazer Eyes" – 3:36
  14. "I Could Stay Here Forever" – 2:27
  15. "The Hostess with the Mostest" – 1:56
  16. "Superabound" – 3:10
  17. "Big Red" – 2:41
  18. "Space Is Gonna Do Me Good" – 2:22
  19. "White Noise Maker" – 2:42
  20. "Pure Denizen of the Citizens Band" – 2:20
  21. "Bad, Wicked World" – 1:57
  22. "Pie in the Sky" – 2:13

Credits[edit]

(The following are taken verbatim from the album insert.)

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