Wowee Zowee

Label
Matador
Release date
11 Apr 1995
Running length
20 tracks
Running time
60:52

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Tracklist

    Track     Duration Listeners
1 We Dance 2:59 69,863
2 Rattled by the Rush 4:15 72,374
3 Black Out 2:09 64,075
4 Brinx Job 1:31 60,891
5 Grounded 3:39 89,774
6 Serpentine Pad 1:15 57,530
7 Motion Suggests 3:14 37,520
8 Father to a Sister of Thought 3:29 60,707
9 Extradition 2:11 55,043
10 Best Friend's Arm 2:18 40,901
11 Grave Architecture 4:14 57,751
12 AT&T 3:33 14,289
13 Flux = Rad 1:45 44,965
14 Fight This Generation 4:21 62,478
15 Kennel District 2:57 61,097
16 Pueblo 3:23 49,412
17 Half a Canyon 6:08 47,326
18 Western Homes 1:49 45,708
At & T 3:31 44,507
Flux=Rad 2:11 22,753

About this album

Wowee Zowee is the third studio album by Pavement. The album showcased a more experimental and spontaneous side of the group, returning them to the clatter and unpredictability of their early recordings after the classic rock vibe of 1994’s Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain. The cover art was painted by New York-based artist Steve Keene and resembles the cover of Guru Guru’s 1972 album, “Känguru.”

Rolling Stone speculated that the relative success of their previous album (having sold 169,000 copies by this time) was a reason for this album’s eclectic nature; the magazine’s review claimed Pavement were afraid of success. Stephen Malkmus later refuted this, attributing the stylistic shift to excessive marijuana consumption. Rolling Stone voted Wowee Zowee the 12th Coolest Album of all time.

The songs “Grounded,” “Flux=Rad,” “Pueblo,” and “Kennel District” were originally written at the same time as the songs that became Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain, and rough versions appear on Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain: LA’s Desert Origins disc 2.

The album was recorded at Easley Studios in Memphis, Tennessee, with the exception of some tracks recorded at Random Falls, in NY.

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