ARTIST: Frank Black
TITLE: Frank Black
YEAR RELEASED: 1993
CHART ACTION: #117 US, #9 UK
SINGLES: Los Angeles (#6 Modern Rock), Hang on to Your Ego (#8 Modern Rock)
OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: I Heard Ramona Sing.
LINEUP: Frank Black, Eric Drew Feldman, Nick Vincent, Joey Santiago
WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: Pixies front man releases solo album after the band goes bust, and it’s kinda like a Pixies album.
SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: After Trompe Le Monde and the tour for that album, the Pixies blew apart. It was only a matter of time. Black Francis, not one to lay around, had scraps and bits of songs that he fleshed out in the studio with Feldman. He then invited his compadre Santiago on lead guitar, adapted a new name, and viola, a solo album and career was born.
As for the record, it’s really the next step from Trompe Le Monde, with more emphasis on science fiction and outer space than some Pixies records. What it doesn’t really do is break any new ground. The Pixies were always moving forward – and this record sounds like Black was staying in place. That’s not such a bad thing, really, but it was a bit disappointing at the time.
The songs all could have fit on a Pixies album, though. It definitely filled my Pixies void for a while.
NOTES & MINUTIAE: Originally it was going to be a covers album, but Black had collected enough songs that they only wound up using one cover, a version of the Beach Boys outtake “Hang on to Your Ego.”
IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: No.
GRADE: B+: Nothing ground breaking or earth shattering, but it’ll do if you’re into the Pixies and Frank Black’s odd, twisted songs.