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Frank Black Responds To Cash Spinning Reunion Criticisms
Ben Hewitt , April 28th, 2010 12:30

Pixies singer discusses comments made to The Quietus

Frank Black has spoken out over comments he made in an interview with The Quietus, in which he suggested he would only perform further reunion shows with his band if they could "earn a fair wage".

Speaking to, he said: "I'm always a little bit blunt about money because I think that a lot of artists are p---ies. They don't want to admit that money is a part of their life, you know?

"It is art versus commerce, I'm very well aware of that. If it was all about commerce for me, I wouldn't be making the types of records that I make. To me, money is a big part of it. If money isn't a part of it, then I'm just some weekend warrior playing at like parties.

"As soon as I got into music, I tried to be a working, real artist who gets paid for what he does, who doesn't have a day job."

In February, Black refreshingly told The Quietus: "Whatever will happen...if people really wanna know what's gonna happen with the Pixies, they need to talk to promoters and agents. That's where the business is right now - in the live market. And they're the ones that decide all this shit. So whatever is going to happen - whether they tell us directly or in an indirect way because they feel like they have to manipulate us - they're the ones who know.

"We're interested in anything that's going to earn us a fair wage. It's not to say it's not about art, but we made that art fucking twenty years ago. So forget the fucking goddamn art. This ain't about the art anymore. I did the arty farty part. Now it's time to talk about the money. How much do you think we should sell the tickets for? Where do you think we should play? How many shows do you think we should play?"

To read the whole Quietus interview, click here.