Where Is My Mind?

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"Where Is My Mind?"
Song by Pixies
from the album Surfer Rosa
ReleasedMarch 21, 1988 (1988-03-21)
RecordedNovember 1987
StudioDowntown Recorders, South End, Boston
LabelRough Trade
Songwriter(s)Black Francis
Audio sample
Sample of end of 3rd verse and part of chorus

"Where Is My Mind?" is a song by the American alternative rock band Pixies. Although the song was never released as a single, it is one of the band's signature songs. It has been awarded Silver Certification by the BPI for UK singles.

Background and release[edit]

"Where Is My Mind?" is the seventh track on the Pixies' 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] A live version of the song recorded at 2004's Coachella was released free through BitTorrent.[2]


The song has been covered by many popular bands and artists, which include the following:

Caption: Cover Artists
Artist / Band Album Year
House of Wires You Are Obsolete 1998
Nada Surf Where Is My Mind? Tribute to the Pixies 1999
Toadies Best of Toadies: Live from Paradise 2002
Placebo Sleeping with Ghosts 2003
James Blunt Chasing Time: The Bedlam Sessions 2004
Storm Large Crazy Enough 2007
Rockabye Baby! Lullaby Renditions of The Pixies 2008
Maxence Cyrin Novö Piano 2009
Trampled by Turtles Live at First Avenue 2011
The Supervillains Volume 8 2013
David Chen Cello Put in Pop 2015
Telepathic Teddy Bear Covers 2016
Ásgeir Afterglow 2018
Milky Chance YouTube

Cultural impact[edit]

After being featured in the 1999 film Fight Club, the song gained an even wider audience and became iconic.[3][4] "Where Is My Mind?" was voted number 29 in the "Hottest 100 of All Time" music poll conducted by Australian radio station Triple J in 2009.[5] 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.[6]

Maxence Cyrin's piano cover of the song has been featured on TV shows such as The Leftovers and Mr. Robot.[7][8]

End of Fashion have been criticized 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.[9]


  1. ^ Biel, Jean-Michel; Gourraud, Christophe. "Pixies Titles/Names". Alec Eiffel. Retrieved 2007-04-07.
  2. ^ "BitTorrent Bundle - Pixies". BitTorrent Bundles.
  3. ^ Greene, Andy (4 January 2013). "Flashback: The Pixies Reunite At Coachella". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 7 September 2018.
  4. ^ Beaumont, Mark (21 September 2016). "Inside The Cult Of Pixies: Why They're More Than Just A Band - NME". NME. Retrieved 7 September 2018.
  5. ^ "Countdown | Hottest 100 - Of All Time | triple j". Abc.net.au. 2009-07-20. Retrieved 2010-05-02.
  6. ^ Colin Fries (2010-04-20). "CHRONOLOGY OF WAKEUP CALLS" (PDF). NASA History Division. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2010-06-18. Retrieved 2010-05-09.
  7. ^ Saraiya, Sonia (29 December 2015). "Best TV of 2015: The best pop-music cues, from "Where Is My Mind" to Fleetwood Mac". Salon. Retrieved 7 September 2018.
  8. ^ Sarkar, Samit (1 July 2016). "Pixies' 'Where Is My Mind?' comes to Rock Band 4 next week". Polygon. Retrieved 7 September 2018.
  9. ^ Jonathon Miller, rockus.com Archived October 17, 2008, at the Wayback Machine

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