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Charles Michael Kittridge Thompson IV, born April 6, 1965 in Boston, Massachusetts), is an American musician most famous for being the leader of the influential alternative rock band the Pixies, where he performed under the stage name Black Francis. Since 1993, he has maintained a solo career as Frank Black.
Thompson was raised in Harbor City, California. He studied in the University of Massachusetts, before taking off to Puerto Rico as part of an exchange program. It was here where he reportedly spent six months in an apartment with a "weird, psycho, roommate," who inspired the song "Crackity Jones." Many of the Pixies' early songs refer to Thompson's experiences in Puerto Rico, most notably "Isla De Encanta," incorrectly named after the island's motto, "Isla Del Encanto" (Island of Charm). Thompson finally left his studies after debating whether he would go to New Zealand to view Halley's Comet or to start a rock band with his former roommate from Massachusetts, Joey Santiago.
The Pixies were active from 1986 to 1992. They found modest success (primarily on college radio) in America and beca...
|Born||April 6, 1965|
|Occupation||Singer, Songwriter, Guitarist|