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Words: Emily Mackay, Matt Wilkinson, Barry Nicolson, Mark Beaumont, Laura Snapes, Dan Martin, Sam Wolfson, Martin Robinson, Jaimie Hodgson


At 45, Pixies’ chief bogeyman has emerged from the darkness again

In the guise of Black Francis, Pixies’ rotund frontdude brought his band’s white squall to terrifying life with some of rock’s most blood-curdling literature.

His songs formed body-horrific fairy tales where eyeballs were diced and everythingwent bump in the night. His solo work as Frank Black might have had more real-world concerns, but delightfully, Pixies’ comeback seems to have scratched his fantastical itch. Black Francis was re-animated for 2008’s ‘Svn Fngrs’ and this year’s ‘Nonstoperotik’. DM

Key lyric: “There was a guy, an underwater guy who controlled the sea/ Got killed by 10million pounds of sludge from New York and New Jersey”
(‘Monkey Gone To Heaven’, from ‘Doolittle’, 1989)


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