Where Is My Mind? Introduction
"Where Is My Mind?" is the most widely known of all Pixies tunes, despite the fact that it was never released as a single. The song's instant likeability makes it a standout on one of the most highly regarded, eclectic, and influential albums of modern rock history.
About the Song
|Artist||The Pixies||Musician(s)||Frank Black (rhythm guitar and vocals), Kim Deal (a.k.a. Mrs. John Murphy, on bass and background vocals), Joey Santiago (lead guitar), David Lovering (drums)|
|Writer(s)||Frank Black (a.k.a. Black Francis, a.k.a. Charles Michael Kittridge Thompson IV)|
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Supposedly, songwriter Frank Black was inspired to write the song by the experience of being chased by a fish while he was scuba diving. How did something like that inspire such existential ponderings? Maybe there's an answer to that question in poet Elizabeth Bishop's "The Fish," in which an experience with one of our finned friends profoundly impresses her. We could also look to one of the most famous tales of fish, the sea, and man's mental state: Ernest Hemingway's The Old Man and the Sea. (If you were expecting Moby Dick here, remember that whales are mammals, silly.)
On the Charts"Where is My Mind?" was never released as a single. Neither the song nor the album it appears on, Surfer Rosa, charted when released in 1988 in the United States.
According to thepixiesmusic.com, "Surfer Rosa was released in the UK by 4AD on March 21, 1988, entering the UK Indie Chart the following week. It spent 60 weeks in the chart, peaking at number 2."
In 2005, seventeen years after the album's original release, Surfer Rosa was certified gold.
The song also appears on 2004's Wave of Mutilation: The Best of the Pixies, which reached #161 on the Billboard Top 200 and #11 on Billboard's Top Independent Albums chart.
The album appears on many best-of lists, claiming a #7 position on Pitchfork's Top 100 Albums of the 1980s. "Where is My Mind?" appears in that same publication's book, The Pitchfork 500: Our Guide to the Greatest Songs from Punk to the Present. Surfer Rosa also found a place on Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.
The song has made it onto iTunes charts in several countries. You can check out those listings here.