|Single by The Mars Volta|
|from the album The Bedlam in Goliath|
|B-side||"Pulled to Bits"|
|Released||November 28, 2007|
|Format||Digital download, CD single, 7" vinyl|
|Genre||Progressive rock, experimental rock, noise rock, post-hardcore|
|Songwriter(s)||Cedric Bixler-Zavala, Omar Rodríguez-López|
|The Mars Volta singles chronology|
"Wax Simulacra" is a single from the album The Bedlam in Goliath by The Mars Volta. The single debuted on November 18, 2007, on San Francisco's Live 105 FM. It has previously been played live by the band under the name "Idle Tooth". The B-side "Pulled to Bits" is a cover of a Siouxsie and the Banshees song.
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