Where Is My Mind?

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  • This disorientation anthem was written by Pixies lead singer Frank Black, who was inspired by a snorkeling adventure. Under water, sometimes the only way to know which way is up is by looking at the air bubbles. Black told Select (October 1997): "That came from me snorkeling in the Caribbean and having this very small fish trying to chase me. I don't know why - I don't know too much about fish behavior."
  • In a Songfacts interview with Frank Black, he talked about "Where Is My Mind?" Said Black: "In terms of the content, you don't know where that's going to come. It's such a ricochet, 'pinball wizard' kind of thing - these things bouncing into each other: words, concepts, manic thinking. Half the songs I've written, I had no idea what I was talking about. Certainly, anything that appears into the abstract, I don't know."
  • This was used in the last scene of the 1999 mind-bending movie Fight Club, which helped introduce the Pixies to a new audience. Many other TV series and movies have used the song, often when a character is questioning his or her grip on reality. Movies to use it include:

    Horns (2013)
    Sucker Punch (2011) - Emily Browning version
    Observe and Report (2009) - City Wolf version
    Mr. Nobody (2009)
    Hold Me Thrill Me Kiss Me (1992)
    A Matter of Degrees (1990)

    TV series include:

    The Tick ("Where's My Mind" - 2017)
    Beyond ("The Hour of the Wolf" - 2017)
    The Good Wife ("Battle of the Proxies" - 2012)
    Mr. Robot ("eps1.8_m1rr0r1ng.qt" - 2015) - Maxence Cyrin version
    Cold Case ("True Calling" - 2008)
    How I Met Your Mother ("Cupcake" - 2006)
    Criminal Minds ("Sex, Birth, Death" - 2006)
    Veronica Mars ("Driver Ed" - 2005)
  • Nada Surf covered this for the 1999 album Where Is My Mind? A Tribute To The Pixies; The Toadies covered it on their 2004 album Best Of Toadies: Live From Paradise. >>
    Suggestion credit:
    Rachel - London, England
  • Producer Steve Albini used some unusual recording techniques on Surfer Rosa as he was desperate to avoid "the studio sound." For instance he moved all the studio equipment to its bathroom in the hope of achieving a real rather than studio echo on bassist Kim Deal's backing vocals for this and her lead vocals on Gigantic. Albini later admitted that the record could have been completed in a week were if not for the time wasted experimenting on projects like this.
  • Frank Black acknowledges he would never have completed the song without some words of encouragement from his then-girlfriend and future wife, Jean Walsh.

    "I was strumming the guitar in the bedroom, and she stuck her head out and said, 'Finish that song, that's a good one,'" he recalled to ABC Audio. "So I was, like, 'Oh, OK.' And she had never said anything like that to me before, and hasn't ever since."
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Comments: 36

  • Jon from Enumclaw , WaI love how this song is used at the end of Fight Club - so fitting and such a great song for such a great movie.
  • Rick from Outthere, CoRead the next 2 posts :

    Try this trick and spin it YEAH.....
  • Rick from Outthere, Cosoooooooo, feet in the air head on the ground ( All Turned Around )

    the lyrics: he swears
    Tryin' to talk to me, coy koi. ( All Turned Around } - I swear he ( the little fish ) was trying to talk to me.
  • Rick from Outthere, Coi was swimmin' in the Carribean ( Rich People Go There )
    animals were hiding behind the rocks ( Materialistic People Hiding Behind Their Wealth )
    except for the little fish ( Every Day People )
  • Karl from Ingatestone, United Kingdomi am surprised the space station NASA used this Pixies classic to wake up their system. i was delighted when i heard that, well, let alone if NASA came over to Ingatestone, they be playing 'Wave Of Mutilation' through the speakers
    Surfer Rosa! what an album. even though i have to wait until Christmas 2012 to get it
  • Jeff from Austin, Txthis song is better every time I listen to it....which must be over 1000 times since the early 90s.
  • Hunter from Flint, Migo to iTunes. there are dozens of covers, more than just placebo and toadies and whoever. none, of course, are nearly as good ad the original.
  • Jonas from Nashport, OhIm sure all them covers are great, but for a song so bizzare"most of the pixies songs" Its blasphemy to concider a cover better. original song writer + very innovative recording leads to a true masterpeice.
  • Gottfried from Cocks, AzerbaijanFrank Black, from the band, lives in Eugene Oregon, as I do. I heard in a guitar shop that he might live in a nearby neighborhood from where I live (the clerk was apparently lived somewhere near me).
    A guy who they toured with (somewhat recently) once served me a burger at McMennimens. It was very awesome.
  • Nicolas from Montreal, QcSometimes songs are so open to interpretation that many things can make sense. Frank Black said it was about snorkeling in the carribean, but I don't think that's how David Fincher felt about it. This song playing in the final scene of fight club is probably one of the most perfect moments in movie history, "where is my mind" can be seen as a perfect metaphor for being lost in a lifestyle of consumerism and empty goals, an ocean of useless things... "way out in the water see it swimming..." That's my interpretation, and that'S what's great about music.
  • Josh from Flint, MiThis song was also covered by M.I.A. in her song 20 dolla. Check it out.
  • Cody from Grafton, OhThe james blunt cover of this is terrible =[
    Daaron Malakian of system of a down also did a rare cover of this, it was very good. ^.^
  • Stephen from Baltimore, Md"Can anyone tell the placebo/pixies versions of this song apart?"

    The answer is simple Linus; the placebo cover is much clearer, that is you can actually hear the words pronounced. Also, the placebo cover leaves out some parts as well as the wooooo thing just doesn't fit
  • Stephen from Baltimore, MdActually the the lyric is "coy koi", it tripped me up for a while till I was watching Fight Club with captions, luckily they had captions for the song as well.
    My personal interpretation of the song is this: The singer has gone insane and is describing a trip to the carribean.
  • Bobby from Boston, Maoh, um, Seth depending on the situation it's perfectly fine to refer to (here i go again) the pixies as just that. unless i was "going to get pixies tickets". why don't you be "smart or something" before you try to school us.
  • Bobby from Boston, Ma"koi koi"? break-dancing?
  • Lexi from Lansing, KsJames Blunt version is NOT good at all.
  • Garoud from Arica, Chilethe "talk to me koi koi" is refered to a type of carp,a fish, that in japanese is called koi.
    "so many useless facts...until now!!"
  • Echo from Normalville, Maand it's not about break dancing
  • Echo from Normalville, Mavery beautiful, very eery song.
  • Kara from Louisville, KySo the best part of this whole song is when he say :"talk to me koy koy"....nobody ever notices how funny that is
  • Ema from Darwin, AustraliaJames blunt also did a cover.
    p.s FIGHTCLUB!!!<3
  • Albert from North Hollywood, CaThis song has been mashed together with Bob Dylan's "Blowin in the Wind" It's pretty good so you all should check it out. The song is called "Blowin' in My Mind"
  • Linus from Hamilton, On, CanadaCan anyone tell the placebo/pixies versions of this song apart?
  • Ej from New York City, NcGreat song to listen to when you're stoned.
  • Sarah from Greensboro, Ncthis song never gets old...
  • Seth from Simpsonville, Scfor future reference, let it be known to everyone that the band is Pixes, just Pixies, not "The Pixies." Not that it really matters, but just a tid bit of information so you can look smart, or something.
  • Noah from Sherborn, Mayeah, craig, you might wanna let your music comments go unsaid from now on....
    anyway, great song, perfect placement in Fight Club
  • Robert from Bergen, NorwayThe song is obviously about a man who breaks his scull trying to do weightless stuff on dry land. Why does he try it? Because his brain is out swimming and thinks the body is in the same element...
  • John from Brighton, MiHearing them play this as the encore of their Lollapalooza set (2005) was a definite all-time highlight. Kim Deal's voice is still angelic yet creepy, and toward the end the crowd was singing the weird background line along with her. Chills!
  • Anne from London, Englandplacebo did cover this song. it's been officially released in 2003 on the special edition of their 4th album 'sleeping with ghosts'

    in 2003 frank black joined placebo on stage for their first live dvd 'sleeping with ghosts - live in paris'.

    placebo watched the pixies perform this song at the hurricane festival 2004 and sung along 'the wohoooo' with their own fans, which had placed themselves infront of the stage to see placebo perform as friday's co-headliner.
  • Ben from Punxsutawney, PaYeah, wow... breakdancing indeed. This song is just awesome. The riff is just so strange and all blended together. Awesome.
  • Leon from Waterbury, CtCraig...next time you have a thought, just let it go.
  • Craig from Beverly Hills, MaThe beginning of the song is about break-dancing.
  • Jason from Everywhere, United StatesThe Toadies also covered it, not a bad rendition considering the only recording is live one.
  • Maddie from Knoxville, TnNo comments on this one? I love this song! The Nada Surf version was not nearly as good at the Pixies. The Pixies rock.
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