MCMLXXXVIII #thiswasweirdbutcool

The YouTube channel Justin Hawkens Rides Again did a video about the Pixies this week.

As a source for blog posts, some time ago I joined in reading a blog that encouraged its readers to write about songs inspired by specific words in the titles or lyrics of songs.

A Valentine’s Day prompt was the following: Brain/Mind/Think

Inside Our Heads – A Unique Title For Me (wordpress.com)

The Pixies are an influential alt-rock band in the US. The word mind is in both the title and the lyrics of the Pixies’ 1988 song, Where is My Mind? …so both checkmark boxes have been scratched.

Inside Our Heads took us to task by asking what song invokes the words Brain, Mind or Think. That Valentine’s Day I was wondering if the special someone in my life might be there to stay. Where is My Mind? is a wonderful indie rock song, that, for example, helps to conclude an excellent feature film, and it would be a spoiler to tell you which movie.

An anti-hero doesn’t always get the girl.

In 1988, the Pixies were a band who were combining punk rock and surf rock. I don’t know right away what Where is My Mind? is about. You can see that the title is an apologetic expression, which means: it’s unfortunate that I have not been paying attention.

The word mind is in the title of the song and furthermore provides the band with the chorus, written and sung by Black Francis, with some repetition.

where is my mind?

it’s what you say when your head callaspes and there’s nothing in it.

with your feet in the air
your head on the ground
try this trick
and spin it

by “marooned” October 31, 2004, https://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=where%20is%20my%20mind%3F

This was a definition provided by a different encyclopedia than Wikipedia. Urban Dictionary explains this meaning. The line-up of the Pixies, in its incarnation in the eighties and nineties, includes singer Black Francis, which is a stage name, and Kim Deal, playing the bass guitar. Joey Santiago plays the lead, and David Lovering, the drums.

Known as “Black Francis”, Charles Thompson IV is an American singer, songwriter and guitarist. Come 1988, Thompson (“Frank Black”) put together seventeen songs. He had met Kim Deal for the first time when she was looking to join a band and answered his newspaper ad.

They got their first songs together, and after several rejections, which is surely customary, the Pixies struck a deal with the record label 4AD. Their first release, as a band, was the EP Come on Pilgrim.

Where is My Mind?

The EP is from the year 1987, followed by a 1988 LP, Surfer Rosa, on which you will find Where is My Mind?.

Pixies

YouTube’s Rock N Roll True Stories says that the Pixies’ 1989 album Doolittle was the one that was most commercially successful, with two hits in the US, and a third in the UK.

Eight years late, the cover of the 1997 retrospective Death to the Pixies bears a kind of tagline which identifies that the Pixies are a punk band, presenting 1987 as the band’s first year together. The Internet encyclopedia Wikipedia explains that Where is My Mind? is the seventh track on the LP. That tune was composed by Black Francis while he went to the University of Massachusetts in Amherst, with, perhaps, recollections of scuba in the Caribbean.

Until an unknown visitor to my blog commented to me about the Pixies and their reunion in 2004, the first since 1993, I held the mistaken belief that Kim Deal had quit the Pixies, opting not to rejoin when the band first synched up again. It seemed to me, from Rock N Roll True Stories, that Deal rejoined long enough to do one new song, and there was an accompanying Best of the Pixies release.

By the way, the word “stop” in the first line of Where is My Mind? has, from time to time, got me thinking of why listeners wouldn’t consider stopping the album during play. By the way, Black Francis sings the word mind nine or ten times during the song.

Where Is My Mind? PixiesOfficial https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=49FB9hhoO6c

Pixies

Ooh, stop
Ooh
Ooh
With your feet on the air and your head on the ground
Try this trick and spin it, yeah
Your head will collapse
But there’s nothing in it
And you’ll ask yourself
Where is my mind?
Where is my mind?
Where is my mind?
Way out in the water
See it swimming
I was swimming in the Caribbean
Animals were hiding behind the rock
Except the little fish
Bump into me, swear he’s
Tryin’ a talk to me, say wait wait
Where is my mind?
Where is my mind?
Where is my mind?
Way out in the water
See it swimming
With your feet on the air and your head on the ground
Try this trick and spin it, yeah
Your head will collapse
If there’s nothing in it
And you’ll ask yourself
Where is my mind?
Where is my mind?
Where is my mind?
Way out in the water
See it swimming
Ooh
With your feet on the air and your head on the ground
Try this trick and spin it, yeah
Ooh
Ooh
Ooh
Ooh
Ooh

Songwriter: Black Francis
Where Is My Mind? lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group

4 thoughts on “MCMLXXXVIII #thiswasweirdbutcool

  1. I didn’t concoct Song Lyric Sunday, as I inherited it from the previous host who got sick and this challenge dates all the way back to June 19, 2016. I have herd of the Pixies, but I did not know this song, thanks for adding it.

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