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|1. Bone Machine|
|2. Nimrod's Son|
|3. The Holiday Song|
|5. Broken Face|
|6. Gigantic (single version)|
|7. Vamos (Surefer Rosa)|
|9. Monkey Gone To Heaven|
|11. Gouge Away|
|12. Wave Of Mutilation|
|13. Here Comes Your Man|
|15. Where Is My Mind?|
|16. Into The White|
|19. Dig For Fire|
See all 23 tracks on this disc
Wave of Mutilation is an almost chronological compilation of 23 tracks from the band's career spanning 5 albums and 6 years.
The early Come On Pilgrim days are represented by the tale of incestuous union and live favourite "Nimrod's Son", thrashing guitar classic "Holiday Song" and fresh as ever sounding "Caribou". These three tracks from their '87 debut include the twisted surfcore rock, the broody bass lines, screeching vocals and dark lyrical content that's so unique to The Pixies.
Then along came the Surfer Rosa album where, without realising it at the time, a pre-Nevermind Steve Albini produced the blueprint for grunge and a legend was born. In 1989 Doolittle took the band to the next stage with producer Gil Norton sharpening the melodies and mastering the band dynamics. This is arguably the album you should experience first if you're a newcomer to this seminal indie rock band.
This retrospective captures all the key moments of the band's brief but eventful career. Hearing the beautiful pop genius of "Here Comes Your Man" and the impassioned screaming punk racket that is "Debaser" alongside gems like "Gigantic" tickles the nostalgia hairs on the back of my neck and reminds me why The Pixies mean so much to so many.
There is little to attract the serious Pixie lover on Wave Of Mutilation due to the previous Death To The Pixies & Complete B-sides compilations. (Though the inclusion of the Neil Young cover "Winterlong" and live favourite "Into The White" will please their obsessive fans). However, it's still great to get another chance to reflect on the musical achievements of a band as pioneering as this. The world is a better place for having them. --Jacqueline Hodges
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I'd like to say i was bitter, if only the Pixies weren't so darned GOOD! this best of'll be a great intro to the band, and even though the standards might vary a little towards the end, the first half should remind everyone what a huge influnce this lot have had on each and every band that release records today.
Still....... Doolittle might just be the better first purchase, an awesome band at their peak. Lets just hope that the reunion gets them writing again.
There's not really a "bad" pixies-song. I like 'em all, and most of them are assembled here on this compilation, which imho is a better oversight than previous ones. Probably I'll buy this too, to get my collection complete. Just like people who buy this compilation, will get into buying the whole backcatalogue..