Where Is My Mind?  

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"Where Is My Mind?" is a song by the American alternative rock band Pixies. It is the seventh track on their 1988 album Surfer Rosa. The song was written by frontman Black Francis while he attended the University of Massachusetts Amherst, inspired by his experiences scuba diving in the Caribbean. He later said he had "this very small fish trying to chase me. I don't know why—I don't know too much about fish behavior."

Use in films

"Where Is My Mind?" was prominently featured during the final scene and ending credits of the 1999 film Fight Club.

The 1998 film The Adventures of Sebastian Cole also used the song during closing credits.

In 2005 the song was used in an episode of Veronica Mars and in some commercials for The Weather Man.

It was featured in an HBO commercial for The Dark Knight

In 2006, it appeared as intro in the episode "Sex, Birth, Death" of the CBS's series Criminal Minds.

In 2007, it also appeared in the 45th chapter of The 4400, considered the series finale.

A cover by City Wolf is also featured in the 2009 film Observe and Report.

In 2010, it appeared in Mr. Nobody and in the closing credits of BBC Documentary Madness in the Fast Lane


"Where is My Mind?" was voted in at number 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 transmitted "Where is My Mind?" to Mars to wake up the Mars rover Spirit in honor of its software transplant.

Cover versions

"Where Is My Mind?" has been covered by artists such as Alice Donut, City Wolf, James Blunt, The Frames, Placebo, Pearl Jam, Midtown, Toadies, M.I.A., Hurra Torpedo, Chantal Kreviazuk, The Coral Sea, Nada Surf, Ghoti Hook, A+ Machines, Tyler Harry, Emmy the Great, Zox, Hey, Finch, Moda Disordini, Gavin Rossdale, Raine Maida, Mike Baiardi, Greater Than B, House of Wires, Invincibles, Storm Large, Leit Motif, Paul Nagi, Roadsaw, Stereotypewriter, John Strohm, Tallywood Strings, Yoav, Bobby Bare, Jr., Zombina and the Skeletones, Bassnectar and Yeah Yeah Yeahs. A German translation has been covered by Locas Electronicas, a project of the Cologne Indie-Rock-Band Locas in Love.

The song is heavily sampled in Sri Lankan rap artist M.I.A.'s song "20 Dollar" which uses the track's chorus. It also appears opposite "Hate Me Now" by Puff Daddy and Nas (among other songs) in "Hold Up" by mashup artist Girl Talk. British rock band Feeder used a snippet of this song at their 2005 live shows as an interlude before performing "Buck Rogers". American rock band Kings of Leon have played it in their 2010 live shows in full.

End of Fashion have been criticised for their uncredited copying of the guitar riff from the "Where Is My Mind?", for their song "O Yeah". For example, Rockus Online Magazine reviewer Jonathon Miller called the song "disturbingly Pixies-ish" and went on to write:

"End of Fashion are having no problem appealing to the 95% of people that haven't heard (and still remember) the Pixies' "Where Is My Mind?" and have never experienced a truly exciting live show, and if that's what the band is aiming for, then they are a complete success."

Black Francis re-recorded the song in 2004 and released it on his album Frank Black Francis.

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