Every generation needs its poets and here's the 23 musical scribes who define 2010.
Meanwhile, you can vote for the best lyricists ever here.
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)
Bass player speaks for first time since leaving US band in November
Lenchatin, who has previously played with Zwan and A Perfect Circle, replaces Kim Shattuck
- Dec 9, 2013
Band join Arcade Fire and Neutral Milk Hotel on the bill
- Dec 2, 2013
Doesn’t reach the impossibly high standards of their back catalogue, but there’s promise
- Oct 4, 2013
Much ado about ’little. Brixton Academy, London, Tuesday, October 6
- Oct 19, 2009
The nicest guy in rock (official!), Ross Millard from The Futureheads, gets giddy with excitement at being allowed to support his childhood heroes, the Pixies
- Sep 19, 2005