Wave Of Mutilation: Best Of Pixies

Release date
12 May 2004
Running length
23 tracks
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    Track     Duration Listeners
Gigantic (single version) 0:00 34,083
Vamos (Surfer Rosa) 0:00 28,484
Allison 1:17 229,426
Here Comes Your Man 5:09 625,712
Gouge Away 2:53 377,886
Caribou 3:14 275,742
Hey 3:54 543,580
Bone Machine 3:25 385,296
Broken Face 1:29 321,848
Velouria 3:40 277,128
Dig for Fire 3:02 254,837
Where Is My Mind? 3:47 995,822
Monkey Gone to Heaven 2:54 754,935
U-Mass 3:02 211,358
Tame 1:55 386,136
Debaser 3:07 575,223
Planet of Sound 2:06 210,778
Wave of Mutilation 2:03 469,906
Alec Eiffel 2:47 179,230
Winterlong 3:06 115,247
Into the White 4:40 136,511
Nimrod's Son 2:16 200,776
The Holiday Song 2:14 196,354

About this album

4AD tries, tries again with Wave of Mutilation: The Best of the Pixies, the second Pixies best-of they’ve released since the band broke up in 1992 and the companion piece to the long-awaited, simultaneously released DVD Pixies. Lessons have been learned from 1997’s half-baked Death to the Pixies: this compilation’s track listing is in more or less chronological order (although Surfer Rosa’s “Where Is My Mind?” pops up in the middle of the album, after a string of Doolittle tracks), which helps the flow of the collection; since each of the Pixies’ albums had its own distinctive feel , the cut’n’paste approach of the previous best-of didn’t always serve the songs it collected. More importantly, Wave of Mutilation boasts 23 songs, as opposed to the 17 on the best-of disc on Death to the Pixies. While, theoretically, 23 tracks should be enough to capture most, if not all, of the band’s definitive moments, that’s not quite the case here. The collection does a good job of compiling the band’s singles, two excellent B-sides (“Into the White” and “Winterlong”), and many of their key album tracks, but those are so numerous that, for the second time, more than a few of the Pixies’ best songs have been left off of their best-of album. The picks from Doolittle are more or less perfect (although including the wonderfully creepy “I Bleed” certainly would’ve earned some extra credit), but several near-essential songs from each of their other albums are missing in action. Surfer Rosa’s “Cactus” and “River Euphrates are at the top of that list.

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  • Evilninja1337

    Django Django?

    16 Oct 2013 Reply
  • kissesneverdie

    @vivid: it looks like a double penis.

    22 May 2013 Reply
  • DunkeIheit

    I really dislike this Where is my Mind? version.

    31 Dec 2012 Reply
  • tenilite

    Best version of "Where is my mind?".

    6 Dec 2012 Reply
  • asmackofham

    Where's Levitate Me?

    31 Jan 2012 Reply
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  • moostiffi

    i have been trying to figure that out for so long now! i got to your comment through a google search--that's how much i want to know. anyway...this might just be me, but i'm pretty sure it resembles a sex toy that i saw on tv when i was in the eighth grade. it's made for girls. i can't help but wonder if that's actually it, though.

    6 Apr 2009 Reply
  • robertroe

    This might be a stupid question... but what is this cover art actually of??

    18 Oct 2006 Reply

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