Where Is My Mind?

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"Where Is My Mind?"
Song by Pixies from the album Surfer Rosa
Released March 21, 1988 (1988-03-21)
Recorded November 1987
Downtown Recorders
South End, Boston
Genre Alternative rock
Language English
Length 3:53
Label Rough Trade (US)
Writer Black Francis
Producer Steve Albini
Surfer Rosa track listing
"River Euphrates"
"Where Is My Mind?"
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"Where Is My Mind?" is a song by the American alternative rock band Pixies. It is the seventh track on their 1988 debut album Surfer Rosa. The song was written by frontman Black Francis while he attended the University of Massachusetts Amherst, inspired by his experiences while scuba diving in the Caribbean. He later said he had "this very small fish trying to chase me. I don't know why — I don't know too much about fish behavior."[1] Although the song was never released as a single, it is one of the band's signature songs. A live version of the song recorded at 2004's Coachella was released for free through BitTorrent.[2]

In popular culture[edit]


  • In 2005, the song was used in some commercials for The Weather Man.
  • In 2009, it was featured in an HBO commercial for The Dark Knight.[3]
  • In 2011, an instrumental cover was used in the Microsoft advertisement "The Kinect Effect",[4] while a version by Sunday Girl was used by Thomson Holidays for a TV advertisement as part of their "Time for a Holiday?" campaign.[5] In the same year, the original version of the song was featured in a commercial for Milk Every Moment.[6]
  • In 2013, the version by Sunday Girl was also used in a trailer for the ITV series Vera.[7] The version by Maxence Cyrin was used in a commercial for AT&T's "It Can Wait" campaign.[8] Another piano cover was used in the commercial "Why Bring a Child into this World?" by Unilever's "Project Sunlight" campaign.[9]
  • In 2014, it was used to advertise the video game Dark Souls II.[10]


TV series[edit]

Video games[edit]

  • In 2011, it was featured in the video game Rocksmith.

Cover versions[edit]

  • Sammy Adams uses part of the main riff in his song "Blow Up"
  • Rockabye Baby! published an instrumental lullaby version of the song on their 2008 album Rockabye Baby! Lullaby Renditions of the Pixies.
  • Bobby Bare, Jr. covered the song on his 2006 album The Longest Meow.
  • Bassnectar remixed the song in 2010.
  • James Blunt sung a cover version of the song in a live show on the BBC in 2005.
  • Alice Donut covered the song for their 2009 album Ten Glorious Animals, with the vocal line being replaced by saxophone to make it fully instrumental.
  • Arcade Fire covered the song in 2007.
  • Sunday Girl covered the song in 2011.
  • Black Francis re-recorded the song in 2004 and released it on his album Frank Black Francis.
  • Emmy the Great covered the song as a bonus in their album First Love.
  • Professor Green covered the song under the name "Spinning Out" On his 2011 album, At Your Inconvenience.
  • The Coral Sea covered this song.
  • The Gosh Guys covered the song on a compilation of 4AD covers called "Thurtene – A Collection of 4AD Covers".[26]
  • Hey covered the song on their 2003 live album, Koncertowy.
  • Illy covered the song for radio station Triple J's program, Like a Version.
  • Storm Large covered the song on her 2009 album, Crazy Enough.
  • Kings of Leon covered the song in several concerts throughout 2010. James Blunt has also sung the song in performances.
  • M.I.A. covered the chorus of this song on the track "20 Dollar" from her album, Kala.
  • Ariane Moffatt recorded an acoustic version of the song for the score of the French Canadian television program, Trauma.
  • Placebo covered the song for their Sleeping with Ghosts bonus track disc. In 2003, they also performed the song live in Paris, with Black Francis as a special guest. The performance can be found on the DVD, Soulmates Never Die.
  • Nada Surf covered this song.
  • The Kissaway Trail used to play the song live in 2010.
  • THePETEBOX made a prominent beatboxing remix of this song using looping station which has gained substantial success on YouTube.[27]
  • The Toadies covered the song on The Best of Toadies – Live From Paradise.
  • Trampled By Turtles covered the song in live performances and, in October 2011, they released their version as a single, available for free download on their website. The single is also for sale through digital retailers with proceeds benefiting WhyHunger.
  • White Wives covered the song for their 2011 release "Situationist EP".

Covers in different languages[edit]

  • Locas Electronicas, a project of Locas in Love[28] and Wolke[29] covered the song with German lyrics. The songs of both Locas Electronicas and Wolke are called "Wo ist mein Kopf" ("Where is my head"), although the translation of the songtext slightly differs.
  • A Spanish version by Azucarillo Kings of 1998 uses mostly Spanish lyrics (¿Me Lo Dices O Me Lo Cuentas?) and transforms the song to Flamenco-style.
  • A Dutch version titled "Waar Is Mijn Hoofd" ("Where is my head") by Koos Kreuk was released on the Pixies tribute album Death to the Pixies—We're Better! in 1998.

Uncredited cover versions[edit]

End of Fashion have been criticised for their uncredited copying of the guitar riff from the "Where Is My Mind?", for their song "O Yeah". For example, Rockus Online Magazine reviewer Jonathon Miller called the song "disturbingly Pixies-ish" and went on to write:

"End of Fashion are having no problem appealing to the 95% of people that haven't heard (and still remember) the Pixies' "Where Is My Mind?" and have never experienced a truly exciting live show, and if that's what the band is aiming for, then they are a complete success."[30]


"Where is My Mind?" was voted number 29 in the "Hottest 100 of All Time" music poll conducted by Australian radio station Triple J.[31] Over half a million votes were cast in the poll.

On Tuesday, April 13, 2004, NASA used "Where is My Mind?" to wake up the team working on the Mars rover Spirit in honor of its software transplant.[32]


  1. ^ Biel, Jean-Michel; Gourraud, Christophe. "Pixies Titles/Names". Alec Eiffel. Retrieved 2007-04-07. 
  2. ^ "BitTorrent Bundle - Pixies". BitTorrent Bundles. 
  3. ^ The Dark Knight - HBO TV spot "Where is My Mind?"
  4. ^ Kinect Effect - Trailer - Xbox360
  5. ^ Thomson TV Advert 'Time for a Holiday?' with Sunday Girl "40"
  6. ^ FALSE STARTS: Milk Commercial 2011
  7. ^ ITV Press Release of Vera series three trailer
  8. ^ It Can Wait - Chance's Story
  9. ^ Unilever Launches Emotionally Charged Project Sunlight Campaign
  10. ^ Dark Souls 2 UK Cinema Spot
  11. ^ A Matter Of Degrees – Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
  12. ^ The Adventures of Sebastian Cole (1998) – Soundtracks
  13. ^ Fight Club (1999) – Soundtracks
  14. ^ Gaz Bar Blues (2003) – Soundtracks
  15. ^ Janis and John (2003) – Soundtracks
  16. ^ Observe and Report (2009) – Soundtracks
  17. ^ Ghost Bird – Soundtrack Music
  18. ^ Mr. Nobody (2009) – Soundtracks
  19. ^ Madness in the Fast Lane
  20. ^ Original Soundtrack – It's Kind of a Funny Story
  21. ^ Sucker Punch Advertisements (2011-02-24). "Sucker Punch Movie Soundtrack". Soundtrack-movie.com. Retrieved 2012-03-14. 
  22. ^ A.C.A.B. (2012) – Soundtracks
  23. ^ Detention of the Dead (2012) – Soundtracks
  24. ^ Horns (2013) – Soundtracks
  25. ^ Californication (TV Series) Dicks (2014) – Soundtracks
  26. ^ Thurtene - A Collection of 4AD Covers
  27. ^ Beatboxer THePETEBOX beatbox and guitar cover of Pixies - Where Is My Mind by Petebox on YouTube
  28. ^ Locas Electronicas – Wo ist mein Kopf – Musik hören & Statistiken bei Last.fm
  29. ^ Wolke – wo ist mein kopf – Musik hören & Statistiken bei Last.fm
  30. ^ Jonathon Miller, rockus.com[dead link]
  31. ^ "Countdown | Hottest 100 - Of All Time | triple j". Abc.net.au. 2009-07-20. Retrieved 2010-05-02. 
  32. ^ Colin Fries (2010-04-20). "CHRONOLOGY OF WAKEUP CALLS". NASA History Division. Retrieved 2010-05-09. 

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