Wave Of Mutilation: Best Of Pixies

Release date
12 May 2004
Running length
23 tracks
Running time


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    Track     Duration Listeners
Gigantic (single version) 0:00 32,406
Vamos (Surfer Rosa) 0:00 26,265
Allison 1:17 223,695
Here Comes Your Man 5:09 596,830
Gouge Away 2:53 363,563
Caribou 3:14 268,146
Hey 3:54 522,876
Bone Machine 3:25 374,084
Broken Face 1:29 313,479
Velouria 3:40 268,612
Dig for Fire 3:02 246,937
Where Is My Mind? 3:47 945,028
Monkey Gone to Heaven 2:54 737,274
U-Mass 3:02 208,277
Tame 1:55 371,636
Debaser 3:07 552,718
Planet of Sound 2:06 205,157
Wave of Mutilation 2:03 452,386
Alec Eiffel 2:47 173,952
Winterlong 3:06 112,767
Into the White 4:40 133,473
Nimrod's Son 2:16 197,648
The Holiday Song 2:14 190,716

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
  • vividserenity

    It looks like they cast a piece of dog poop in some metal and put a irredescent patina on it... but I really have no idea what that is and I was wondering the same thing.

    16 Feb 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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