This Day In Music 06.04.2016
Charles Michael Kittridge Thompson IV was born in Boston, Massachusetts, U.S., on april 6, 1965.
When Thompson was 12, his mother and stepfather joined a church that was tied to the evangelical Assemblies of God, a move that influenced many of his songs written with the Pixies, which often refer to the Bible.
He studied at the 'University of Massachussetts Amherst' majoring in Anthropology. Thompson shared a room with another roommate for a semester, before moving in, with future Pixies guitarist Joey Santiago.
He spent 1985 working in a warehouse, "managing buttons on teddy bears”, composing songs on his acoustic guitar, and writing lyrics on the subway train. In January 1986, Thompson formed the Pixies with Santiago.
He leaded the band under the stage name Black Francis. In 1993, after 5 album with the Pixies, Black Francis announced, during a BBC radio interview, that the group was disbanding.
Following the band's breakup, he embarked on a solo career under the name Frank Black. After releasing two albums with two different record label, he left and formed a new band, Frank Black and the Catholics.
In late 2003, following long-standing rumors, an official announcement was made that the Pixies were rehearsing for a reunion tour. The band played publicly for the first time in 12 years in April 2004, and went on to tour extensively throughout the U.S., Canada and Europe in the same year.
Thompson released many albums under his Franck 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.
The Pixies, minus original bassist Kim Deal, reunited for a United States and world tour in 2014.
Below a rare video by The Pixies performing Hey to promote Surfer Rosa, debut album, in 1988.