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Some bands can look back at their history and easily polish down their music to the few good songs they actually recorded. When bands release a greatest hits album it is usually a couple of good songs they were known for and the rest is still filler. For some bands an EP's-worth of greatest hits is .
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Some bands can look back at their history and easily polish down their music to the few good songs they actually recorded. When bands release a greatest hits album it is usually a couple of good songs they were known for and the rest is still filler. For some bands an EP's-worth of greatest hits is usually enough. The Pixies are a different story. Their work is being confined to one disc here, when they easily could have made this a two disc set. But I'll digress in that greatest hits albums are made for the uninitiated and anyone who is uninitiated would not feel like paying for two CDs.

"Wave of Mutilation" is the bare essentials for anyone who wants to become familiar with the Pixies. Even though there's room for two or three more songs on the CD (no "Havalina" or "Trompe le Monde"?) and maybe room to remove some in the place of others (is "Into the White" really a great song?), this has nearly every song I would suggest to someone who wants to know what the Pixies are all about.

The tracks are presented chronologically, which does not offer much in the way of organizing songs how they flow best together, but the songs are still damn good. "Bone Machine" and "Nimrod's Son" kick it off with the wild ramblings of Black Francis, showing the casual listener just how fucking crazy the Pixies are. The main appeal of the Pixies, besides their overall quirkiness, is their coverage of a wide range of musical styles. They could slow it down and be real mellow with songs like "Caribou" and "Hey". Conversely, they could freakin' rock out like in "Debaser", "Nimrod's Son", and "Planet of Sound". They have poppy songs like "Here Comes Your Man", "Gigantic", and "Alec Eiffel" and they have deeper, serious songs like "Monkey Gone to Heaven", "Where Is My Mind", and "Velouria".

I can't describe the Pixies sound. It's something that is damn hard to do. This band was years ahead of its time. "Come on Pilgrim" came out in 1987, but these guys could be a brand new band if I didn't know better. Without these guys alternative music would literally not be the same as it is today. Landmark bands like Weezer and Nirvana would be wholly different bands -- if bands at all. And I mean that 100%.

If you know the Pixies, then you know these songs and you know which ones you love. I think most people would agree that this is a near perfect lineup of songs for anyone who has never heard a Pixies song before. If you want to get into this band, now's your chance, pick up this album now.

 

 
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Anonymous (December 27, 2005)

"Into the White" has been a fan favorite for years, and I think it's a brilliant song with some of Kim's best vocal performances.

Anonymous (August 2, 2004)

I'm pretty sure 4AD isn't owned by a major label they just signed a US distribution deal with Elektra for the Pixies after Surfer Rosa. I'm pretty sure they did the same thing with Sirre for the Throwing Muses

Anonymous (May 27, 2004)

No one mentioned Nirvana for "street cred" purposes in 1996 or 1997, but now it's becoming fashionable.

Foo Fighters are not a great band, but they're still a better band than the martyred mediocrity and pseudo-intellectual blandness of Nirvana. Perhaps, one reason I find the Foo Fighters to be more palatable (beyond the essential fact that they are a better band, writing better music) is the fact that no one praises them from high heaven. Nirvana, on the otherhand, get's credit for crapping in the toilet. Fucking A.

Anonymous (May 27, 2004)

Foo Fighters are terrible radio rock. Nirvana, while played on the radio, certainly was not. And who the hell wants street cred by naming Nirvana as a huge influence? If we wanted 'street cred' we'd name some hardcore band you've never heard of.

...evildeadalive

ps - Pixies rule.

Anonymous (May 25, 2004)

Foo Fighters are a MUCH MUCH BETTER band than Nirvana.

Quit pretending Nirvana was good. It's annoying that a relatively mediocre band that came out at the right time is martyred by chumps who desperately want "street cred."

Anonymous (May 25, 2004)

contrary to what you might think, using the word "shite" doesnt make your argument any more sound

Anonymous (May 25, 2004)

Mudhoney.. so fuck off.

Nirvana was shite.

Pavement and The Pixies were all fine and dandy, but they still just played within the same medium.

Anonymous (May 24, 2004)

ten years later, they still sound more exciting than every generic band on drivethru/vagrant/whatever. point is, they basically laid out the blueprint for indie/alternative. they laid the blueprint for nirvana, and even if all these nu-punk bands wouldve existed without nirvana, they wouldnt ever have had a chance to get radio play without them.

viceroymonarch (May 24, 2004)

nnbbn

Anonymous (May 24, 2004)

Let's not confuse "relevant" with "good."

Yeah, ten years later they still sound good.

That's about all, munglovers.

Anonymous (May 24, 2004)

i'm not a huge fan but anyone who doesnt hear the influence they had on nirvana/weezer is a dope. 'my velouria' is the template to every weezer song written. these guys were groundbreaking and still sound pretty relevant over 10 years after the fact. good shit.

Anonymous (May 24, 2004)

Midnight Aria,
My theory stands.

-MATEO D'CAY
(PS This score is for purevolume.com and every kid who IMs me, disturbing my porn download, asking me to "please check out his band on purevolume.com.")

Anonymous (May 24, 2004)

Hey Midnight Aria guy,
I have a theory that there are no decent bands on purevolume.com. I've yet to hear an original, if not decent sounding band on that damn site.
Let's give you a try...

-MATEO
(PS this score is for never hearing a Pixies song but wanting with full heart to do so...)

Anonymous (May 24, 2004)

Bigwig would never exist if it weren't for Sergey Rachmaninov.

ROCK maninov.

Asskicking Stage will triumph above all others!!!

Anonymous (May 24, 2004)

even though it's true, this statment sounds hilarious: 'and they have deeper, serious songs like "Monkey Gone to Heaven"'

anyway, surfer rosa's still the best. if you can't say it for the music, say it for the production. i've never heard an album sound better in my entire life. albini's masterstroke.

inagreendase (May 23, 2004)

How did this entire thread stem from one overlooked sarcastic comment?

Anonymous (May 23, 2004)

The Pixies were on a major, since the album were licenced to Electra from 4AD. 4Ad is not, and never was, a major. Their only affiliation with a major was through the Pixies, and now all the Pixies album are available from indies (either 4AD or Spin Art). So go get their albums, they did have an either a obvious or subtle influence on almost every loud Indie/Alt/Punk/Modern rock band after them.

Anonymous (May 23, 2004)

I'm going to say that you're wrong.

If it weren't for Beethoven, Taking Back Sunday would still exist for two reasons...

1. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

2. Someone would have done it sometime sooner or later. If The Beatles were never a band, then all of a sudden Bad Finger would have been the biggest band in the world, rocking out Shea Stadium.

Anonymous (May 23, 2004)

Jeez, didn't mean for this to blow up into a whole discussion. Yes it is stupid to go all the way down the line to say "this band wouldn't exist without this band". I was just stating a fact. I'm not out to bash taking back sunday and I'm not criticizing anyone's opinions. Let's just leave it as, The Pixies wouldn't exist without the Beatles or Elvis, and Nirvana and Weezer wouldn't exist without the Pixies, and so on and so on. Hell if it weren't for Beethoven, taking back sunday wouldn't exist.

to change the topic...man the Pixies sure do rock.

-benz

Anonymous (May 23, 2004)

never huge into these guys, but i got this album of the irc's this weekend and it's really amazing. i'll have to pick up an album or two proper by these guys when i get the scratch.

Anonymous (May 23, 2004)

Yeah, I hear a lot of Nirvana in TBS. And a lot of Pixies in Nirvana.

Rrrrrrrright.

Shut it.

Anonymous (May 23, 2004)

uh, you people are retarded. Saying stuff like TBS wouldn't be here if it wasn't for the Pixies is down right stupid. You know the Pixies had to have their own influences, and those influences had to have influences.

It could go all the way back, and we could be here saying if it wasn't for some lame 70s band that Pixies wouldn't be around.

Sure, the Pixies were influential, but saying something like most of the bands around today wouldn't be here if not for the Pixies is one lame-ass thing to say.

Anonymous (May 23, 2004)

ok, well according to an interview with john from tbs, he was really influenced by nirvana, who in turn was influenced by the pixies.
what's that- 2 degrees?

Anonymous (May 23, 2004)

So it's like "Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon?"

Come on, man. Don't be so silly.

So, then, What are the "Six Degrees of The Pixies" that influenced Taking Back Sunday?

And don't take this to be a pro-TBS or anti-Pixies post, because you all know that's not what I'm saying, I just wonder about this notion of "huge influence" that people attribute to great older bands, rather than a time period or a group of bands or whatever. (instead of one band something like Manchester late 70s early 80s).

Anonymous (May 23, 2004)

any band you kids listen to most likely wouldnt exist without the pixies. even if a piece of shit band like taking back sunday wasnt directly influenced by them, i guarantee all their influences were.

Anonymous (May 23, 2004)

"I bought Sufer Rosa a few months ago and I've found it to be rather forgetable. Do they have a better album?"

Buy Doolittle. Personally, I like it much better than Surfer Rosa. Then buy Trompe le Monde.

Anonymous (May 23, 2004)

maybe what that person was saying was that the pixies influenced the music of some band, who in turn influenced taking back sunday.

Anonymous (May 22, 2004)

"What I meant by that is Taking Back Sunday would not be the same band that they are now if there was no Pixies. I was just irritated that some kid could yawn at the Pixies, one of the most exciting bands I've ever heard."

Right... and what I was saying was that I believe your first statement is wrong.

Look... I like The Pixies and I think Taking Back Sunday ain't too shabby either. I'll recognize that, as of now, I don't think many people will be talking about TBS fifteen years down the road, like people are still talking about The Pixies. I think that when all is said and done, The Pixies are and will be viewed as, relatively clearly, the more "important" band.

BUT... to say that TBS would not be the same band now if there were no Pixies?!? I think that's a little heavyhanded. I think a band like TBS could entirely exist in 2004 without having heard some good indie pop music that was coming out of Boston when they were in grade school. I mean, why the hell not? This is what I was trying to get at with the comment about friends in bands who don't need to know all sorts of music that predates them.

hungryjoe (May 22, 2004)

I've got 4 for the first toronto date in November. This is going to be the longest 6 months ever.

sweetsugarpezz (May 22, 2004)

im not sure i should pick this up since i have all of their albums , including "death to the pixies" (music cock ), but i may pick this up just cause.

this score, however, is for the 4 tickets i got to see them in october at the fox theater in atlanta. hella sweet.

-sweetsugarpezz

Anonymous (May 22, 2004)

What I meant by that is Taking Back Sunday would not be the same band that they are now if there was no Pixies. I was just irritated that some kid could yawn at the Pixies, one of the most exciting bands I've ever heard.

-benz

Anonymous (May 22, 2004)

I say buy "Doolittle," but if you weren't into "Surfer Rosa" you might not like anything else they did.

Anonymous (May 22, 2004)

Fuck Taking Back Sunday. Fucking bullshit.

sciulli (May 22, 2004)

I bought Sufer Rosa a few months ago and I've found it to be rather forgetable. Do they have a better album?

Anonymous (May 22, 2004)

Yes, "Into the White" is really a great song. Amazing in fact. Kim Deal's vocal on it is enough for me. Even though she might not be that pretty, she is fucking hot because of her voice. Pixies rule, I think only the Beatles wrote better pop songs.

Anonymous (May 22, 2004)

Look... first off, I need to say that I am a BIG Pixies fan... I like them a ton.

But can you really say that TBS wouldn't exist without The Pixies? I don't think you can go back and point to one band, especially a popular but in no means a band with Beatles historic significance, and say that they are THE reason other bands can exist 15 years down the line.

Maybe the guys in TBS listened to The Pixies and were heavily influenced. It doesn't matter. All I am saying is I think TBS could exist in 2004 without ever having heard The Pixies. Sure, TBS couldn't exist if they hadn't heard ANY other music, but to isolate it to The Pixies seems rather silly. They can have huge cd collections. I know plenty of people who have a ton of music and are in fairly legitimate yet similar bands who don't know any Pixies stuff beyond "the song from Fight Club" or anything by The Smiths except for "How Soon Is Now" or anything by Joy Division beyond "the song from Donnie Darko." People don't have to listen to or be familiar with one or two specific bands in order to do what they do.

Still like The Pixies, but the version of "Wave of Mutilation" from Pump Up The Volume is better... UK Surf... Christian Slater used to be pretty goddamn cool.

Pump Up The Volume, Heathers, Gleaming the Cube, The Name of The Rose, Kuffs... the list goes on.

This score is for Martha Dumptruck, Hard Harry, and Aristotle's work on comedy.

Anonymous (May 22, 2004)

4ad broke away from elektra, so the pixies are no longer on a major label

Anonymous (May 22, 2004)

"yawn...

in other news, the new taking back sunday track is sweet"

wait.

wait a second, i'm slightly confused.

you started your post with "yawn". Now, I assume that yawn is in reference to the music of the Pixies and/or this specific album ("Wave of Mutilation").

you proceeded to state, rather abstractly, as it had not been mentioned before "in other news, the new taking back sunday track is sweet".

By means of deduction I believe you are saying that Taking Back Sunday is significantly less boring than the Pixies.

Now, I propose to you a question: "Are you serious?"

Taking Back Sunday wouldn't exist without the Pixies, and the Pixies are heavier, more dangerous, more bold, smarter, and overall better than a boring band like TBS. Granted, I've heard the new TBS song, and yes it is catchy. Will I be listening to it a year from now? No. Will I be listening to the Pixies a year from now? Hell yes.

Sorry, I ranted.

-benz

Anonymous (May 22, 2004)

If you wouldn't buy this album merely because it was released on a major label, you are an idiot.

-benz

Anonymous (May 22, 2004)

ahem. pixies were one 4AD/elektra. major.

Anonymous (May 22, 2004)

Only a naive person would noy buy an album just because it's on a major. Ramones, Nirvana, Iggy Pop, the Pixies & many other bands were on majors & made great records. Meanwhile, there's tons of crap on indie labels...there's really killer stuff on indie, but a ton of garbage! Story of the Year is a generic so-called "alternative" band when they offer nothing exciting to the public. Indie & majors have good stuff, don't be ignorant.

Anonymous (May 22, 2004)

"yawn... blah blah taking back sunday"

well, while we're ignoring the pixies and talking about bullshit music, that new story of the year video is hot. mtv plays it so much it has to be good, right?

Anonymous (May 22, 2004)

Hmmm, I still think Far's cover of Monkey Gone To Heaven is better than the original.

I never could get into the band.

-El Vaquero

Anonymous (May 22, 2004)

yawn...

in other news, the new taking back sunday track is sweet.

Anonymous (May 21, 2004)

the pixies are better than any other band that has ever or will ever be discussed on this website

Anonymous (May 21, 2004)

The Pixies eat total ass, Planet of Sound? more like Planet of SHIT.

Anonymous (May 21, 2004)

Pixies are superb.

-Strewtho

MattHomeslice (May 21, 2004)

Yeah! Screw the major labels! Unfortunately, I think 4ad is owned by a major.

Anonymous (May 21, 2004)

Was this released on an indie label? If so, I might check it out.

Anonymous (May 21, 2004)

the pixies are one of the best bands ever, for sure, but a greatest hits album by them is as unnecessary as the one from nirvana. in the case of both bands, just get the albums. interpunk has the surfer rosa/come on pilgrim import for a great price, and you can't go wrong with doolittle.

Anonymous (May 21, 2004)

100% agree, Pixies invented the Indie sound.

This is the first review this year that is actually recommending a worthwhile product.

i would start with "Doolittle" first though

Anonymous (May 21, 2004)

The Pixies are fucking amazing. The best band ever.

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