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Frank Black is Back

Former Pixie won’t play court jester anymore

With just about everyone in the rock biz fixated — as ever — on
the next bigthing, Frank Black’s “small is beautiful” attitude is
pretty darn refreshing.By “small,” we’re not implying that the
round mound of noisy sound has begunmarketing some sort of
post-punk diet plan; he has, however, retreated fromthe major label
ranks in order to focus his energy on music, rather thanmarketing.

“It’s gotten so that everyone is only interested in the home run,
and not inthe guy who can guarantee that he’ll get on base,” says
Black, whose newcombo, the Catholics, will release their first
full-length on the SpinArtlabel early next month. “But I’m not
really complaining: With the Pixies, wehad our little party, we had
street cred and we sold some T-shirts.”

These days, Black says he’s not quite as interested in the ephemera
thatsurrounds making records, preferring to concentrate on
renovating his L.A.home — he proudly notes that he took down his
own mailbox column (on purpose)– and studying up on the shadowy
world of the Masons, since, as he puts it,”they’re behind

“I realized this was a business the first time a club owner gave me
$50 forplaying a show, but it’s just gotten way too lame these past
couple years,” hesays. “I’m never gonna play another one of those
f—in’ radio station showsagain, for one thing. I don’t feel like
I have to dance like a court jester inorder to curry favor with
someone who doesn’t know anything about music.”

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