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The Pixies: No Time-Wasters!

Andy Gill, Q, September 1990

"IT'S NOT I'M ORIGINAL or anything." Charles Kittridge Thompson IV, aka Black Francis, Pixies frontman, is describing how he comes up with the lyrics to the band's songs. It's characteristic that he should depreciate his own efforts like this; he uses the word "just" more than most and stresses the simplicity of the band's approach, makes it seem like, y'know, no big deal. As for the lyrics, well, Charles shouts at mirrors.

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