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03/22/04 10:24 AM
Frank Black / Pixies  

Toe tappers; yes, the man has written just a few of these; so many Bowie tracks have become an international and permanent part of the pop culture. This is a testament to not only great songwriting but beautiful recordings.

Lust for Life, The Idiot: these two records from 1977-78 are arguably Iggy Pop's finest moments. As great a frontman as Iggy is here, it seems to me that fans and critics alike are apt to forget about Bowie's involvement. Not only did Bowie produce, sing and play on them, but he wrote most of the music. The atmosphere on Lust for Life and The Idiot is sophisticated, gritty and powerhouse; and fortunately Iggy rose to the occasion.

I suppose I should mention that Bowie's name appears on two other great Iggy moments; 1973's Raw Power and 1996's Blah Blah Blah.

Bowie commented to me once that Blah Blah Blah would have faired better a few years later, that the techno-dance vibes were perhaps in the wrong place at the wrong time. I tend to agree. Blah Blah Blah is a fine record. I am not ignorant of the Bowie legacy, but since so many other people will be talking about that, I thought I'd mention these records.

Frank Black, 1993, ARENA, May/June, Page 72

03/25/04 00:37 AM
Duets new [re: Adam]  

Well duets are so forced, aren't they? When it's a duet by design I think that it's usually more interesting than when you say, 'Hey, I'm gonna sing with you because, you know...

I shouldn't say that because I had the ultimate of that singing in duet with David Bowie at his concert. Now of course, most of the people at the concert had no idea who I was, but it was pretty fun.

Frank Black, Interview by John Lytle, May 8

03/25/04 00:42 AM
Cactus new [re: Adam]  

David Bowie recently recorded one of my songs…(Cactus). When something like that happens, you say, "Oh well, I guess I'm not a complete idiot." There's something going on. Bowie likes it. What the hell!

Frank Black, 2002 Interview by Dan Kilian, November

03/30/04 10:35 AM
Re: Frank Black new [re: Adam]  

"All those Berlin albums by Bowie and Iggy Pop, they're all kind of dark and brooding and also very arty and poetic. So many bands have used those references as influences and tried to go to Berlin themselves to capture that. The Pixies recorded a song there, at Hansa Ton studios, it's not there any more, unfortunately, but the main recording room used to be a Nazi headquarters and it had a lot of leftover orchestral instruments, including a big timpani drum. The Pixies were tempted to use that on the recording - and I've since realised that on every record ever made at Hansa, you'll hear a timpani drum at some point."

Frank Black, Uncut, April 2001

04/06/04 09:47 AM
Cactus new [re: ziggfried]  

The Pixies' song Cactus is really an underrated song, in my opinion, as is so much of Charles's writing. I never could get over the fact that The Pixies formed, worked and separated without America taking them to its heart or even recognizing their existence for the most part. It was a downright disgrace. Pixies and Sonic Youth were so important to the eighties.

David Bowie, Concert LiveWire Interview, 'Rock's Heathen Speaks', June 16, 2002

09/25/04 04:46 AM
Re: Frank Black / Pixies new [re: Adam]  

"His charisma is overpowering, you know, on his records.....that's why he is so beloved.....because he is just from another planet."

[Regarding Cactus]

"What can I say, it's like hearing Elvis Presley is going to record one of your songs"

Frank Black, Transcript from German Reality Audio Interview, 2003

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