Category Archives: Frank Black/Black Francis

Turtlenecking with the Best

Before he and John Linnell started They Might Be Giants, John Flansburgh was in a band called the Turtlenecks (even though it seems to be Linnell who actually WORE turtlenecks more often), which he’s mentioned before as sort of a … Continue reading

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Killing John Barleycorn

“John Barleycorn” is a British folk song with written versions dating back to the sixteenth century, personifying the barley crop as a dying and reborn figure. It can get pretty graphic about the torments heaped upon poor John, who is … Continue reading

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Dinah, Won’t You Blow Your Horn?

I remember thinking when I was a kid that, in the song “I’ve Been Working on the Railroad,” Dinah was actually the train. I’m don’t know that I was entirely sure about it even then, as how could a train … Continue reading

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My Murdered Remains Are Incapable of Learning Anything

They Might Be Giants, I Like Fun – There was a time when I would have been a lot more preoccupied by the release of a new TMBG album. I mean, it’s still exciting, but not the event it was … Continue reading

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The Way You Swing Your Head While Strolling Fancy Free

Pixies, Head Carrier – It seems that this album was released with little fanfare, but then, I don’t keep up with Frank Black news like I used to. He actually hasn’t put out a solo album in some time, which … Continue reading

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‘Tis the Season to Be Frank

Frank Black, Christmass – I talked a bit about this record when it first came out, but I thought it might be worth revisiting since I’ve been looking back at Frank’s work and it’s near Christmas. Not that the album … Continue reading

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The Method of Stop-Tap-Spin

Pixies, Complete B-Sides – Released in 2001, this is just what it says on the package, a collection of songs previously only released as B-sides. What more is there to say, really? As is typical with such things, it’s a … Continue reading

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