Wave of Mutilation: Best of Pixies

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Wave of Mutilation: Best of Pixies [1]
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Greatest hits album by
ReleasedMay 3, 2004 (2004-05-03)
Genre Alternative rock, college rock
Language English
Label 4AD CAD 2406
Producer Steve Albini, Gil Norton, Pixies, and Gary Smith
Pixies compilations chronology
Complete 'B' Sides
Wave of Mutilation: Best of Pixies [2]
Professional ratings
Review scores
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Blender Star full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar empty.svgStar empty.svg [4]
Drowned In Sound 9/10 [5]
NME 8/10 [6]
Pitchfork Media 8.5/10 [7]
Robert Christgau A [8]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide Star full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar empty.svgStar empty.svg [9]
Uncut Star full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar empty.svg [10]

Wave of Mutilation: Best of Pixies is a compilation album by the Pixies. It was released on May 3, 2004 in the United Kingdom and the following day in the United States alongside a companion DVD featuring a live show, promotional videos and two documentaries. Early batches of the record feature a fault on the track "Hey", where Black Francis' opening shout of "Hey" is missing.

A compilation album comprises tracks, which may be previously released or unreleased, usually from several separate recordings by either one or several performers. If by one artist, then generally the tracks were not originally intended for release together as a single work, but may be collected together as a greatest hits album or box set. If from several performers, there may be a theme, topic, time period, or genre which links the tracks, or they may have been intended for release as a single work—such as a tribute album. When the tracks are by the same recording artist, the album may be referred to as a retrospective album or an anthology.

Pixies (band) American alternative rock band

Pixies are an American alternative rock band formed in 1986 in Boston, Massachusetts. The original lineup comprised Black Francis, Joey Santiago, Kim Deal and David Lovering (drums). The band disbanded acrimoniously in 1993, but reunited in 2004. After Deal left in 2013, Pixies hired Kim Shattuck as a touring bassist; she was replaced the same year by Paz Lenchantin, who became a permanent member in 2016.

United Kingdom Country in Europe

The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, commonly known as the United Kingdom (UK) or Britain, is a sovereign country located off the north-western coast of the European mainland. The United Kingdom includes the island of Great Britain, the north-eastern part of the island of Ireland, and many smaller islands. Northern Ireland is the only part of the United Kingdom that shares a land border with another sovereign state, the Republic of Ireland. Apart from this land border, the United Kingdom is surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean, with the North Sea to the east, the English Channel to the south and the Celtic Sea to the south-west, giving it the 12th-longest coastline in the world. The Irish Sea separates Great Britain and Ireland. The United Kingdom's 242,500 square kilometres (93,600 sq mi) were home to an estimated 66.0 million inhabitants in 2017.


This album replaces 1997's compilation Death to the Pixies in 4AD's catalog, which previously served as the label's "greatest hits" collection for the Pixies.

<i>Death to the Pixies</i> 1997 greatest hits album by Pixies

Death to the Pixies was the first Pixies best-of compilation, released by 4AD in the UK on October 6, 1997 and 4AD/Elektra the following day in the United States to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the band's debut. It covered the years 1987 to 1991. It is now out of print, having been replaced by the 2004 compilation Wave of Mutilation: Best of Pixies. A limited edition of the compilation also included a second CD with a live performance taken from Vredenburg, Utrecht, Netherlands on September 25, 1990.

4AD record label

4AD is a British independent record label, founded by Ivo Watts-Russell and Peter Kent in 1980. It was originally funded by, and an imprint of, Beggars Banquet.

As of 2015, sales in the United States have exceeded 316,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan. [11] In 2006 the album received a diamond certification for 250,000 copies sold in Europe by Independent Music Companies Association. [12]

Nielsen SoundScan is an information and sales tracking system created by Mike Fine and Mike Shalett in 1991. SoundScan is a method of tracking sales of music and music video products throughout the United States and Canada. Data is collected weekly and made available every Sunday and every Monday to subscribers, which include record companies, publishing firms, music retailers, independent promoters, film and TV companies, and artist managers. The Nielsen SoundScan is the sales source for the Billboard music charts, making it the largest source of sales records in the music industry.

The Independent Music Companies Association (IMPALA), originally the Independent Music Publishers and Labels Association, is a non-profit trade association established in April 2000 to help European independent record labels represent their agenda and promote independent music. Its offices are in Brussels, Belgium. IMPALA's main mission is to grow the independent music sector, along with promotion of cultural diversity, and improving the perceptions of the industry.

Track listing

All tracks are written by Black Francis, except where noted.

Black Francis American singer, songwriter and guitarist

Charles Thompson IV is an American singer, songwriter, and guitarist. He is best known as the frontman of the influential alternative rock band Pixies, with whom he performs under the stage name Black Francis. Following the band's breakup in 1993, he embarked on a solo career under the name Frank Black. After releasing two albums with record label 4AD and one with American Recordings, he left the label and formed a new band, Frank Black and the Catholics. He re-adopted the name Black Francis in 2007.

1."Bone Machine"  Surfer Rosa (1988)3:03
2."Nimrod's Son"  Come On Pilgrim (1987)2:16
3."Holiday Song" Come On Pilgrim2:15
4."Caribou" Come On Pilgrim3:14
5."Broken Face" Surfer Rosa1:29
Surfer Rosa3:13
7."Vamos" Surfer Rosa4:18
8."Hey"  Doolittle (1989)3:28
9."Monkey Gone to Heaven" Doolittle2:55
10."Debaser" Doolittle2:51
11."Gouge Away" Doolittle2:42
12."Wave of Mutilation" Doolittle2:34
13."Here Comes Your Man" Doolittle3:21
14."Tame" Doolittle1:56
15."Where Is My Mind?" Surfer Rosa3:53
16."Into the White"  Here Comes Your Man Single (1989)4:45
17."Velouria"  Bossanova (1990)3:40
18."Allison" Bossanova1:17
19."Dig for Fire" Bossanova3:02
20."U-Mass"  Trompe le Monde (1991)3:00
21."Alec Eiffel" Trompe le Monde2:47
22."Planet of Sound" Trompe le Monde2:06
23."Winterlong" Neil Young Dig for Fire Single (1990)3:08


Singing act of producing musical sounds with the voice

Singing is the act of producing musical sounds with the voice and augments regular speech by the use of sustained tonality, rhythm, and a variety of vocal techniques. A person who sings is called a singer or vocalist. Singers perform music that can be sung with or without accompaniment by musical instruments. Singing is often done in an ensemble of musicians, such as a choir of singers or a band of instrumentalists. Singers may perform as soloists or accompanied by anything from a single instrument up to a symphony orchestra or big band. Different singing styles include art music such as opera and Chinese opera, Indian music and religious music styles such as gospel, traditional music styles, world music, jazz, blues, ghazal and popular music styles such as pop, rock, electronic dance music and filmi.

Guitar Fretted string instrument

The guitar is a fretted musical instrument that usually has six strings. It is typically played with both hands by strumming or plucking the strings with either a guitar pick or the finger(s)/fingernails of one hand, while simultaneously fretting with the fingers of the other hand. The sound of the vibrating strings is projected either acoustically, by means of the hollow chamber of the guitar, or through an electrical amplifier and a speaker.

Kim Deal American alternative rock musician

Kimberley Ann Deal is an American singer-songwriter. She rose to prominence as bassist and co-vocalist in the alternative rock band the Pixies, before forming the Breeders in 1989.

Steve Albini American record engineer and rock musician

Steven Albini is an American musician, record producer, audio engineer and music journalist. He was a member of Big Black, Rapeman and Flour, and is a member of Shellac. He is the founder, owner and principal engineer of Electrical Audio, a recording studio complex in Chicago. In 2018, Albini estimated that he had worked on several thousand albums during his career.

Gary Smith is an entrepreneur, record producer, and artist's manager known for his work recording albums by alternative rock musicians since the mid-1980s at Fort Apache Studios. Smith, who is sole owner of the studio, first became a partner co-owning the studio business in the late 1980s, moving it from Cambridge, Massachusetts, to Bellows Falls, Vermont, in 2002.

Gil Norton is an English record producer known for his work with alternative rock bands such as Pixies, Echo & the Bunnymen, Foo Fighters, Tribe, Jimmy Eat World, Dashboard Confessional, Feeder, The Distillers, Maxïmo Park, Counting Crows, Terrorvision, The Triffids, Del Amitri, James, The Feelers, The Beekeepers, Twin Atlantic, General Fiasco, Span and Intergallactic Lovers.


RegionCertification Certified units/sales
Canada (Music Canada) [13] Gold50,000Double-dagger-14-plain.png

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone

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