Black Francis's Silent Film Score Now Available as Five-Disc Box Set
Published Feb 17, 2010With his 18th solo album on the way and a new record planned from his Grand Duchy project, you'd think Pixies front-man Black Francis would have exhausted all of his recording material by now. If you thought that, however, you'd be wrong, as the prolific songwriter has just released another solo project for your consumption.
In 2008, Francis wrote and performed a live score for Paul Wegener's 1920 silent film The Golem. Ever since the performance, Francis has been hard at work to turn the work into some sort of tangible release.
Speaking with Pitchfork soon after the performance, he mentioned the possibility of a box set, saying, "It's just a big chunky box. Like one of those, you ever seen one of those Chunky candy bars? You know the ones I'm talking about? They're square and thick and they got raisins in them? I like those. They're kind of fat, squat little candy bars? It's a fat, squat little project."
Well, that box set has finally been released, and includes a two live CDs and two studio CDs of the score, along with a book containing photos and notes from Francis. The set also comes with a DVD of the film synced to the score.
The Golem is now available through Black Francis's website, but you better act immediately, because it's limited, hand-numbered and autographed at 500 copies.