Charles Thompson IV is an American singer, songwriter, and guitarist. He is best known as the frontman of the alternative rock band Pixies, with whom he performs under the stage name Black Francis. He has released two albums with record label 4AD and one with American Recordings. He declared his solo record career to be over in 2013, when he released his first solo album in 10 years.
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Charles Thompson IV is an American singer, songwriter, and guitarist. He is best known as the frontman of the alternative rock band Pixies, with whom he performs under the stage name Black Francis. His cryptic lyrics mostly explore unconventional subjects, such as surrealism, incest, and biblical violence, along with science fiction and surf culture. His vocal style has varied from a screaming, yowling delivery as lead vocalist of the Pixies to a more measured and melodic style in his solo career. Thompson’s family moved around, first with his father, and then his stepfather, a religious man. He discovered the music of Christian rock singer-songwriter Larry Norman at 13 when Norman played at a religious summer camp that Thompson attended. He spent six months in Puerto Rico as part of an exchange program, which later served as a direct inspiration for the band’s song, “Crackity Jones”; many of his early Pixies songs refer to the experiences he had in the island. Thompson dropped out of college and moved to New Zealand to view Halley’s Comet. He wrote a letter urging the words “we gotta do it, now is the time” to his former bandmate Joe, urging him to join him in Boston. He has released two albums with record label 4AD and one with American Recordings. He left the label and formed a new band, Frank Black and the Catholics, in 2007. He declared his solo record career to be over in 2013, when he released his first solo album in 10 years, “Songs for a New Generation” He has been married to his longtime girlfriend, Melissa Etheridge, since 2007.
They have two children, a son, and a daughter, both of whom live in New York City and Los Angeles. He lives in Westport, Massachusetts, with his wife and two sons. He also has a daughter with his ex-wife, who lives in Los Angeles, California, and has a son with his new wife, who also lives in California. He currently lives in Boston with his husband and two children. He and his wife have three children, one of whom is a daughter-in-law, and one son with whom they have two sons, who live in San Diego, California. Thompson has two stepchildren, one son and one stepdaughter. He was born in Boston and grew up in Marblehead, Massachusetts. He studied at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, majoring in anthropology. He composed several songs that appeared in his later career, including \”Here Comes Your Man\” from Doolittle, and \”Velvety Instrumental Version.\” After graduating from high school in 1983, Thompson studied in San Juan, Puerto Rico, where he met future Pixies guitarist Joey Santiago. He went on to join the band The Cars, a band he described as “very influential on me and the Pixieies” The Cars were his inspiration for many of the songs he wrote in the band.