Where Is My Mind?
|"Where Is My Mind?"|
|Song by Pixies|
|from the album Surfer Rosa|
|Released||March 21, 1988|
|Studio||Downtown Recorders, South End, Boston|
Sample of end of 3rd verse and part of chorus
"Where Is My Mind?" is a song by the American alternative rock band Pixies, and is the seventh track on the band's album Surfer Rosa. Although the song was never released as a single, it is one of the band's signature songs. It received a Silver certification from the BPI for UK singles.
Background and release
"Where Is My Mind?" is the seventh track on the Pixies' 1988 debut album Surfer Rosa. The song was written by frontman Black Francis while he attended the University of Massachusetts Amherst, inspired by his experiences while scuba diving in the Caribbean. He later said he had "this very small fish trying to chase me. I don't know why—I don't know too much about fish behavior." A live version of the song recorded at 2004's Coachella was released free through BitTorrent.
The song has been covered by many popular bands and artists, which include the following:
|Ghoti Hook||Songs We Didn't Write||1998|
|Nada Surf||Where Is My Mind? Tribute to the Pixies||1999|
|Toadies||Best of Toadies: Live from Paradise||2002|
|James Blunt||Chasing Time: The Bedlam Sessions||2004|
|Storm Large||Crazy Enough||2007|
|Rockabye Baby!||Lullaby Renditions of The Pixies||2008|
|Maxence Cyrin||Novö Piano||2009|
|Sunday Girl||Where Is My Mind? (Single)||2011|
|Trampled by Turtles||Live at First Avenue||2011|
|Yoav & Emily Browning||Sucker Punch||2011|
|The Supervillains||Volume 8||2013|
|Unlike Pluto||Where Is My Mind? (Single)||2018|
|Harley Poe||Have A Great Life.||2019|
After being featured in the 1999 film Fight Club (in which the song plays over the final scene), the song gained an even wider audience and became iconic. "Where Is My Mind?" was voted number 29 in the "Hottest 100 of All Time" music poll conducted by Australian radio station Triple J in 2009. Over half a million votes were cast in the poll.
Mr. Nobody, a film released in 2009 also featured the song. HBO drama The Leftovers featured both the Pixies version and Maxence Cyrin's piano cover in the show’s acclaimed second season. Cyrin's cover of the song has also been featured on Mr. Robot.
End of Fashion have been criticized for their uncredited copying of the guitar riff from "Where Is My Mind?", for their song "O Yeah". For example, Rockus Online Magazine reviewer Jonathon Miller called the song "disturbingly Pixies-ish" and went on to write:
End of Fashion are having no problem appealing to the 95% of people that haven't heard (and still remember) the Pixies' "Where Is My Mind?" and have never experienced a truly exciting live show, and if that's what the band is aiming for, then they are a complete success.
|UK Singles (Official Charts Company)||199|
|United Kingdom (BPI)
*sales figures based on certification alone
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