By Joseph Viney
If Neil Young is the much vaunted ‘Godfather Of Grunge’ then Black Francis (a.k.a. Frank Black, real name Charles Michael Kittridge Thomson IV) must be at least an uncle. As leader of the inspirational Pixies, Black’s iconic nails-on-a-blackboard voice, twisted guitar hooks and demented lyrics set the blueprint for albums like Nirvana’s Nevermind; penned by self-confessed Pixies obsessive Kurt Cobain. With the Pixies now reduced to nothing more than a touring heritage act dispensing the same old set night after night, Black’s solo albums are where he nurtures his undeniable talent.