Where is my Mind? :: Pixies
from the album, Surfer Rosa
About the song:
Where Is My Mind? is a song by the band Pixies. It is the 7th track on their 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.
Black Francis described the scuba experience as “this very small fish trying to chase me. I don’t know why — I don’t know too much about fish behavior.”
Although the song was never released as a single, it is one of the band’s most popular, often considered his signature songs. A live version of the song recorded at 2004’s Coachella was released for free through BitTorrent.
The song has been used in numerous television shows, commercials and movies, most notably in the final scene of the film Fight Club, the song becoming signature to the theme and scene, and becoming forever one of the most memorable music in movie moments.
Where is My Mind? was voted # 29 in the “Hottest 100 of All Time” music poll conducted by Australian radio station Triple J. Over half a million votes were cast in the poll.
On Tuesday, April 13, 2004, NASA used Where is My Mind? to wake up the team working on the Mars rover Spirit in honor of its software transplant.
The spooky continues in this first week of October (still not quite October, but we are almost there). Starting this week, and continuing through to Halloween, there will be spooky-installments every day, some through our regular features, and other bonus posts.
Though this song isn’t a horror song, or intentionally spooky, it is a feeling of unease to think about losing your mind and not knowing where, what, or who it is lost to. There is uncertainty here, desperation, and a chilling reality setting in as the question is asked, again and again, where is my mind?