Frank Black – Teenager of the Year (1994)
“I’m on a roll, it’s time to go solo”
– Vanilla Ice, Ice Ice Baby
When a member of a beloved group goes solo (regardless of the roll they may/may not be on), the results can vary.
I did not grow up with Pixies (Weezer’s Velouria cover was my belated gateway) but I imagine for those that did, the early Pixies catalogue is sacred.
So when Frank Black embarked on a post-Pixies solo career, fans may have been nervous.
They needn’t have been: Teenager of the Year is terrific.
Pixies purists may not have approved of Teenager‘s tunefulness at the time but 22 years later, these 22 tracks made for a delightful travel companion on my highway adventure.
“Sonic Youth: Pixies without the juice”
– Someone recently in the blogosphere. If you said it, please take credit below and accept my thanks for the great line!
Now is Frank Black-solo better than Pixies? Or superior to Sonic Youth?
That depends on how you feel about ‘Melody’ and ‘Juice.’
A math-y infographic to help decide!
(you can take the teacher out of the classroom…)