Between 1988 and 1994 Charles Thompson — working under the noms du rock Black Francis and Frank Black — recorded six amazing albums, four with the Pixies and two as a solo artist. Of these, Teenager of the Year was the last and in some ways the best. It’s awfully hard to pick a favorite among them but Teenager, if nothing else, is the longest, comprising 22 songs and 63 minutes.
Those 63 minutes are crammed full of delicious, noisy, poppy goodness, and again it’s hard to pick a favorite among the 22 songs. But this week I’ve been digging this one, an exuberant exhortation to get out and enjoy the wonders of nature: