News Pop / Rock 16/09/2005

Frank Black Covers Iggy Pop!

NEW YORK (ALR) - AMERICAN LAUNDROMAT RECORDS (ALR) and FACE DOWN RECORDS (FDR) are proud to announce PIXIES frontman, and indie rock cult hero, Frank Black will cover IGGY POP's 'REPO MAN' for their upcoming tribute CD, HIGH SCHOOL REUNION. The tribute will also feature artists Matthew Sweet, John P. Strohm (Blake Babies, Lemonheads), Kristin Hersh (Throwing Muses), The Caulfield Sisters, and many more covering songs from some of the 80's most popular teen films. The release date, which was originally scheduled for mid-October, has been pushed back to November 23rd to accommodate some of the artist's busy schedules.

REPO MAN was the title track from the 1984 cult film of the same name which was written and directed by Alex Cox (Sid and Nancy), and starred a young Emilio Estevez as a punk-slacker who is apprenticed in the ways of repo men. The film had a heavily punk-influenced soundtrack, and because of its dark comedy and quirky characters, quickly earned a loyal cult following. The theme song ‘REPO MAN' was written and performed by legendary rock ‘n' roll wildman, Iggy Pop (The Stooges), who is widely accepted as the ‘Godfather of Punk'.

FRANK BLACK (born Charles Michael Kittridge Thompson IV in April of 1965), who is also known as Black Francis, has earned a cult following equal to his own heroes; Iggy Pop, David Bowie, and Lou Reed. Black is responsible for forming THE PIXIES, one of the most well-regarded rock bands in history. The Pixies defined the late 80's with their alt-country, punk-inspired sound, and influenced scores of alternative bands in the 90's including Weezer, Radiohead, and Nirvana. As a solo artist Frank Black has released several critically acclaimed records, and continues to earn praise as one of the most important figures in American music.

'I'm a huge fan of the film Repo Man, and Frank Black was the only possible choice to cover the title track. I said early on that if he couldn't do it, I'd cut the track from the record altogether. No one else would approach it with the same reverence the song deserves. I knew he was an Iggy Pop fan and I suspected he was a Repo Man fan like myself. Thankfully he loved the record concept and wanted to cover the song. I wasn't sure how he was going to fit it in with his busy schedule, but he committed to make it work, and finished recording it this August at a friend's studio in Connecticut.' Joe Spadaro, ALR founder & president.

HIGH SCHOOL REUNION will feature 20 cover tracks from some of the 80's most popular teen films; including Sixteen Candles, Fast Times at Ridgemont High, Say Anything, Pretty in Pink, Repo Man, The Breakfast Club, Valley Girl, Weird Science, and more.

The songs to appear (in alphabetical order) on HIGH SCHOOL REUNION are:
American Girl - Matthew Sweet
Bring on the Dancing Horses - The Atomic Hep Cats
Danke Schoen - The Wading Girl
Don't You (Forget About Me) - AM
I Go Crazy - PC Munoz
If You Were Here - The Smarties
In Your Eyes - Lori McKenna
Little Bitch - Nova Social
Love My Way - The Modifiers
Melt With You - Underdog
Million Miles Away - Dipsomaniacs
Moving In Stereo - The Commons
Please Please Please Let Me Get What I Want - The Caulfield Sisters
Pretty In Pink - To be announced.
Repo Man - Frank Black
Somebody's Baby - John P. Strohm (The Blake Babies, Lemonheads)
Turning Japanese - Blank Pages
Wave Of Mutilation (UK Surf) - Kristin Hersh (Throwing Muses, 50 Foot Wave)
Weird Science - The Bennies
Within Your Reach - Bastards of Melody

AMERICAN LAUNDROMAT RECORDS is a New York based record label that has been compared to a young SubPop and 4AD. Since launching the label in April of 2004, ALR has managed to build an impressive roster of artists and release records that have been embraced by press and radio. ALR is also home to the legendary NYC garage-punk band The Atomic Hep Cats.

FACE DOWN RECORDS is a New Jersey based record label that is best known for releasing two critically acclaimed tribute CD's: 'Left of the Dial: a Pop Tribute to the Replacements', and 'Who's Not Forgotten' a tribute to The Who, which featured covers by such greats as ‘Guided By Voices' and Pat Dinizio (The Smithereens). FDR is also homebase for the long standing NJ garage rock/power pop band Dipsomaniacs.
For more information about HIGH SCHOOL REUNION or AMERICAN LAUNDROMAT RECORDS, please contact Joe Spadaro:, or visit:
For more information about FACE DOWN RECORDS, please contact Mick Chorba:, or visit:

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