Black Francis (Frank Black from the Pixies)

Black Francis (Frank Black from the Pixies)

Black Francis is the stage name contrived by and for Charles Thompson during his residency in college rock band the Pixies, a period that ran from the group's formation in Boston during 1986 until 1993 when the group split up. Thompson's next show business identity was as Frank Black, often in the band leading context of Frank Black and the Catholics. Publishing bean counters can watch for songwritingcredits under both pseudonyms as well as under Charles Thompson; in the latter case he should not be confused with the famed classic jazz keyboardist whose works were recorded by Charlie Parker and many others. Thompson released many albums under his Frank Black moniker, but returned to the Black Francis name for 2007's Bluefinger, which was a concept album about the life and death of Dutch painter/punk rocker Herman Brood and featured some of Black's most ferocious rock in years. Still working under his Black Francis moniker, Black released the sexually charged NonStopErotik in 2010. Abbabubba, a B-sides and demos collection, arrived in 2011 along with The Golem, Francis' score for the 1920 silent film of the same name.

Reid Paley

Reid Paley (born in Brooklyn, New York) is an American musician and songwriter. He previously sang and wrote for post-punk blues-band-from-hell The Five, which he founded in the 1980s in Pittsburgh. The band later moved to Boston for several years, headlining clubs, playing to enthusiastic crowds, and releasing a vinyl LP posthumously.

Returning to Brooklyn in the early 1990s, Paley continued writing and began performing solo in rock clubs on the Lower East Side, singing his songs accompanied by a 1955 Gretsch archtop guitar and a 1965 Fender amplifier.

After a series of self-released tapes available only at shows, Sub Pop released his solo debut, the vinyl single Time For You b/w The Best Of All. Paley’s first solo album Lucky’s Tune was produced by Frank Black (formerly and again Black Francis), and released by GoodNoise in 1999. This was followed in 2000 by the album Revival, featuring Paley accompanied by Robert Lee Oliver on the three-string bass and James Murray on the trap kit, and produced by Eric Drew Feldman, who along with Jim Duffy also guests on the album. This is the first recorded appearance of the Reid Paley Trio.

Throughout the late 1990s and early 2000s, Paley played across the USA and Western Europe, including numerous tours as support for Frank Black. Paley and Black have also collaborated on the writing of a number of songs, some of which appear on the Frank Black albums Honeycomb, Fast Man Raider Man, and Christmass. A Frank Black & the Catholics recording of Paley’s “Take What You Want” appears on their limited edition single “Everything Is New.”


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