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
Studio Downtown Recorders, South End, Boston
Length 3:53
Label Rough Trade
Songwriter(s) Black Francis
Surfer Rosa track listing
"River Euphrates"
"Where Is My Mind?"
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. 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 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] A piano 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] A version by The Hit House appeared in the cinematic promo for Uncharted 4: A Thief's End.[12]
  • In 2016, the Nada Surf cover was used in Samsung Gear VR TV Commercial, 'Sharing a Virtual World'. Samsung used the original for the 'A Perfect Day' short, promoting their Galaxy, Gear, & IconX lines.
  • In 2017, the song is featured in an advert for Galaxy chocolate bar.


TV series[edit]

  • In 2005, the song was used in "Driver Ed", an episode of Veronica Mars.
  • In 2006, the song was used in "Cupcake", an episode of How I Met Your Mother. It was also the 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. A cover of the song by Jade Williams was used at the end of the episode "Battle of the Proxies" of the CBS series The Good Wife.
  • 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.[28] It also appeared in one episode of Foo Fighters: Sonic Highways.
  • In 2015, Maxence Cyrin's version appeared at the end of season 1, episode 9 of USA's Mr. Robot, entitled "eps1.8m1rr0r1ng.qt",[29] as a deliberate nod to plot similarities with Fight Club.[30] The second season of the HBO series The Leftovers featured two versions of "Where Is My Mind?" with the original version in episode 2 "A Matter of Geography" and Maxence Cyrin's cover in 3 other episodes. A cover version by Mindy Jones appeared at the end of season 1, episode 9 of the NBC series Blindspot, entitled "Authentic Flirt".
  • In 2016, the cover version by Sunday Girl was used in the first season, first episode of Crazyhead (TV series).[31]
  • In 2017, Maxence Cyrin's version appeared at the beginning of season 1, episode 9 of Imposters. A kazoo cover is heard in the second episode of the first season of The Tick. This is done as a deliberate nod to "Fight Club".

Video games[edit]

  • In 2011, it was featured in the video game Rocksmith.
  • In 2016, it was released as DLC for Rock Band 4.

Cover versions[edit]

Covers in different languages[edit]

  • Locas Electronicas, a project of Locas in Love[36] and Wolke[37] 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."[38]


"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.[39] 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.[40]


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  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
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  16. ^ Gaz Bar Blues (2003) – Soundtracks
  17. ^ Janis and John (2003) – Soundtracks
  18. ^ Observe and Report (2009) – Soundtracks
  19. ^ Ghost Bird – Soundtrack Music
  20. ^ Mr. Nobody (2009) – Soundtracks
  21. ^ Madness in the Fast Lane
  22. ^ Original Soundtrack – It's Kind of a Funny Story
  23. ^ Sucker Punch Advertisements (2011-02-24). "Sucker Punch Movie Soundtrack". Soundtrack-movie.com. Retrieved 2012-03-14. 
  24. ^ A.C.A.B. (2012) – Soundtracks
  25. ^ Detention of the Dead (2012) – Soundtracks
  26. ^ Horns (2013) – Soundtracks
  27. ^ Piven, Shira (2015-05-01), Welcome to Me, retrieved 2016-03-10 
  28. ^ Californication (TV Series) Dicks (2014) – Soundtracks
  29. ^ "Mr. Robot Rundown: Where Is My Mind?". Pajiba. August 20, 2015. Retrieved September 5, 2016. 
  30. ^ Sullivan, Kevin (September 3, 2015). "Mr. Robot creator explains why you were supposed to guess the big twist". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved September 5, 2016. 
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  33. ^ Sweeney, Eamon (2015-12-21). "Glen Hansard at Vicar St, Dublin review: 'An evening of stark contrasts that doesn't leave any musical stone unturned'". Independent.ie. Retrieved 2017-06-28. 
  34. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=20eXqlU8joc
  35. ^ Beatboxer THePETEBOX beatbox and guitar cover of Pixies - Where Is My Mind by Petebox on YouTube
  36. ^ Locas Electronicas – Wo ist mein Kopf – Musik hören & Statistiken bei Last.fm
  37. ^ Wolke – wo ist mein kopf – Musik hören & Statistiken bei Last.fm
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  39. ^ "Countdown | Hottest 100 - Of All Time | triple j". Abc.net.au. 2009-07-20. Retrieved 2010-05-02. 
  40. ^ 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. 

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