Frank Black and the Catholics (album)

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Frank Black and the Catholics
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Studio album by
ReleasedSeptember 9, 1998
RecordedMarch 20, 1997 –
March 22, 1997
StudioSound City Studios, Los Angeles, California
GenreAlternative rock
Length41:19
LabelSpinART
ProducerFrank Black and the Catholics
Frank Black and the Catholics chronology
The Cult of Ray
(1996)
Frank Black and the Catholics
(1998)
Pistolero
(1999)

Frank Black and the Catholics is the debut album from Frank Black and the Catholics, released in 1998. The backing group on this album performed on Black's previous album, The Cult of Ray, but the group name was first adopted on this release. The album was recorded live to two-track tape over the course of two days in 1997, but a protracted dispute with Black's label American Recordings,[1] reportedly over the "raw" sound of the recordings,[2] delayed its release for 18 months. The album was released in June 1998 in the MP3 format on GoodNoise.com (precursor to eMusic) and was the first album by a major artist to be commercially released on the Internet. The album was then released in the fall of 1998 by SpinART records in the US. During the interim, Lyle Workman left the group and was replaced by Rich Gilbert, and Black prepared the follow-up, Pistolero.

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic[3]
Encyclopedia of Popular Music[4]
NME6/10[5]
Pitchfork6.8/10[6]
Rolling Stone[7]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide[8]

Track listing[edit]

The track listing is sequenced in alphabetical order.

All tracks are written by Frank Black, except where noted.

No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."All My Ghosts" 3:32
2."Back to Rome" 3:25
3."Do You Feel Bad About It?" 2:07
4."Dog Gone" 3:00
5."I Gotta Move" 3:37
6."I Need Peace" 5:12
7."King & Queen of Siam" 2:51
8."Six-Sixty-Six"Larry Norman3:03
9."Solid Gold" 4:18
10."Steak 'n' Sabre" 3:47
11."Suffering" 2:58
12."The Man Who Was Too Loud" 3:31
  • Track #8, "Six-Sixty-Six", is a cover of a song by Larry Norman that originally appeared on the 1976 album In Another Land. Frank Black had long admired Norman, naming the first Pixies album, Come On Pilgrim, after a line in a Norman song. The two were introduced by Bono at a U2 concert and developed a relationship.

Personnel[edit]

Credits adapted from the album's liner notes.[9]

Frank Black and the Catholics
  • Frank Black – guitar, vocals
  • Scott Boutier – drums
  • David McCaffery – bass, vocals
  • Lyle Workman – lead guitar
Technical
  • Frank Black and the Catholics – producer
  • Billy Joe Bowers – recording engineer
  • Nick Raskulinecz – assistant engineer
  • Eddy Schreyer – mastering engineer
  • Inertia – design

References[edit]

  1. ^ "A Frank Black internet radio show!?!?".
  2. ^ "Pixies/Frank Black".
  3. ^ Stephen Thomas Erlewine. "Frank Black and the Catholics: Frank Black and the Catholics". Allmusic. Retrieved 5 September 2017.
  4. ^ Larkin, Colin (2011). The Encyclopedia of Popular Music (5th concise ed.). Omnibus Press. ISBN 978-0-85712-595-8.
  5. ^ "Frank Black and the Catholics: Frank Black and the Catholics (Play It Again Sam)". NME. Archived from the original on 2000-06-15. Retrieved 2017-10-06.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: bot: original URL status unknown (link)
  6. ^ "Frank Black and the Catholics: Frank Black and the Catholics [spinART; 1998]". Archived from the original on 5 August 2004. Retrieved 2017-10-06.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: bot: original URL status unknown (link)
  7. ^ "Frank Black and the Catholics: Frank Black and the Catholics". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on 21 August 2003. Retrieved 2017-10-06.{{cite magazine}}: CS1 maint: bot: original URL status unknown (link)
  8. ^ Wolk, Douglas (2004). "Frank Black and the Catholics". The New Rolling Stone Album Guide (4th ed.). New York: Simon & Schuster. pp. 74. ISBN 0-7432-0169-8.
  9. ^ Frank Black and the Catholics (Liner notes). Frank Black and the Catholics. SpinART. 1998.{{cite AV media notes}}: CS1 maint: others in cite AV media (notes) (link)