As the past and present leader of the Pixies, the most influential band in your alt-rock lifetime (insert Nirvana and 157 other band names here), Charles Michael Kittridge Thompson IV (a.k.a. Black Francis, a.k.a. Frank Black) is the undisputed master of melodic post-punk primacy. As an interview subject he is rumored to be affable, yet reserved; amiable, yet remote. But his reputation as a bandmate (at least during the Pixies' first run) is a little pricklier. After all, Thompson is the man who, according to legend, sent a fax to management in 1993 that effectively called the whole... More >>>