|"Where Is My Mind?"|
|Song by Pixies|
|from the album Surfer Rosa|
|Released||March 21, 1988|
|Studio||Downtown Recorders, South End, Boston|
Sample of end of 3rd verse and part of chorus
"Where Is My Mind?" is a song by the American alternative rock band Pixies, and it is the seventh track on the band's 1988 debut album Surfer Rosa. Although the song was never released as a single, it is one of the band's signature songs, inspiring a multitude of covers. The song was featured on the 2021 version of Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Songs of All Time, ranked at No. 493.
The song was written by frontman Black Francis while he attended the University of Massachusetts Amherst, inspired by his experiences while 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." A live version of the song recorded at 2004's Coachella was released free through BitTorrent.
After being featured in the 1999 film Fight Club (in which the song plays over the final scene), the song gained an even wider audience. "Where Is My Mind?" was voted number 29 in the "Hottest 100 of All Time" music poll conducted by Australian radio station Triple J in 2009. Over half a million votes were cast in the poll.
Mr. Nobody, a film released in 2009 also featured the song. HBO drama The Leftovers featured both the Pixies version and Maxence Cyrin's piano cover in the show’s acclaimed second season. Cyrin's cover of the song has also been featured on Mr. Robot and It's Kind of a Funny Story.
Other movies that use the song include Gaz Bar Blues, Big Ass Spider! (version by Storm Large), Knock Knock, Sucker Punch (version by Yoav) and the series Warehouse 13 (version by Allison Scagliotti, episode 3x6).
End of Fashion have been criticized for their uncredited copying of the guitar riff from "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.
All Elite Wrestling's Orange Cassidy and Best Friends first used "Where Is My Mind?" as their new entrance theme in March 2021. AEW CEO Tony Khan signed a multiyear agreement to use the song and said, “every use of the song in AEW will live in our content library forever in perpetuity.”
|UK Singles (Official Charts Company)||199|
|Canada (Music Canada)||2× Platinum||160,000|
sales since 2009
|United Kingdom (BPI)
Sales+streaming figures based on certification alone.