Where Is My Mind?

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"Where Is My Mind?"
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"Where Is My Mind?" cover
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, hard rock, psychedelic rock
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]
  • In 2015, an instrumental, chamber music version was used as the sound track in Acura's "Lightning in a bottle" ad for the 2016 Acura ILX.[11]


TV series[edit]

  • In 2005, the song was used in "Driver Ed", an episode of Veronica Mars.
  • In 2006, it appeared as intro in the episode "Sex, Birth, Death" of the CBS series Criminal Minds.
  • In 2007, it appeared in "The Great Leap Forward", the final episode of The 4400.
  • In 2008, the song was used in "True Calling", an episode of Cold Case.
  • In 2011, it was sung by Claudia Donovan (played by Allison Scagliotti) on the Syfy TV show Warehouse 13 in the episode "Don't Hate the Player".
  • In 2012, the song was used at the end of the episode "Things Just Got Real" of the ABC series The Neighbors. An instrumental lullaby version by Rockabye Baby! appeared in "The Lesson", another episode of Criminal Minds.
  • In 2013, it was used in the intro of the Covert Affairs episode "Dead". In the episode "The Return of The Aquabats!" of the television series The Aquabats! Super Show!, one of the main characters, suffering from amnesia, attempts to recall a memory and exactly quotes the first three lines of the song's second verse. The same character also quotes lines from "Gigantic" and "River Euphrates" in the episode.
  • In 2014, a cover version by The Coral Sea appears in the episode "Dicks" of the Showtime series Californication.[26] It also appeared in one episode of Foo Fighters: Sonic Highways.
  • In 2015, a piano arrangement of the track by Maxence Cyrin appeared at the end of season 1, episode 9 of USA's Mr. Robot, entitled "eps1.8m1rr0r1ng.qt".[27] The second season of the HBO series The Leftovers featured two versions of "Where Is My Mind?" with the original version in the season two premiere and Maxence Cyrin's version in the episode "Off Ramp". Both versions also appeared in the seventh episode "A Most Powerful Adversary". A cover version by Mindy Jones appeared at the end of season 1, episode 9 of the NBC series Blindspot, entitled "Authentic Flirt".

Video games[edit]

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

Cover versions[edit]

Covers in different languages[edit]

  • Locas Electronicas, a project of Locas in Love[30] and Wolke[31] 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."[32]


"Where Is My Mind?" was voted number 29 in the "Hottest 100 of All Time" music poll conducted by Australian radio station Triple J.[33] 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.[34]


  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. ^ "Acura - 2016 ILX - Lightning in a Bottle". YouTube. 
  12. ^ A Matter Of Degrees – Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
  13. ^ The Adventures of Sebastian Cole (1998) – Soundtracks
  14. ^ Fight Club (1999) – Soundtracks
  15. ^ Gaz Bar Blues (2003) – Soundtracks
  16. ^ Janis and John (2003) – Soundtracks
  17. ^ Observe and Report (2009) – Soundtracks
  18. ^ Ghost Bird – Soundtrack Music
  19. ^ Mr. Nobody (2009) – Soundtracks
  20. ^ Madness in the Fast Lane
  21. ^ Original Soundtrack – It's Kind of a Funny Story
  22. ^ Sucker Punch Advertisements (2011-02-24). "Sucker Punch Movie Soundtrack". Soundtrack-movie.com. Retrieved 2012-03-14. 
  23. ^ A.C.A.B. (2012) – Soundtracks
  24. ^ Detention of the Dead (2012) – Soundtracks
  25. ^ Horns (2013) – Soundtracks
  26. ^ Californication (TV Series) Dicks (2014) – Soundtracks
  27. ^ "'Mr. Robot' Rundown: Where Is My Mind?". Pajiba. 
  28. ^ Thurtene - A Collection of 4AD Covers
  29. ^ Beatboxer THePETEBOX beatbox and guitar cover of Pixies - Where Is My Mind by Petebox on YouTube
  30. ^ Locas Electronicas – Wo ist mein Kopf – Musik hören & Statistiken bei Last.fm
  31. ^ Wolke – wo ist mein kopf – Musik hören & Statistiken bei Last.fm
  32. ^ Jonathon Miller, rockus.com[dead link]
  33. ^ "Countdown | Hottest 100 - Of All Time | triple j". Abc.net.au. 2009-07-20. Retrieved 2010-05-02. 
  34. ^ Colin Fries (2010-04-20). "CHRONOLOGY OF WAKEUP CALLS" (PDF). NASA History Division. Retrieved 2010-05-09. 

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