Wax Simulacra

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"Wax Simulacra"
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Single by The Mars Volta
from the album The Bedlam in Goliath
B-side "Pulled to Bits"
ReleasedNovember 28, 2007 (2007-11-28)
Format Digital download, CD single, 7" vinyl
Recorded2007
Genre Progressive rock, experimental rock, noise rock, post-hardcore
Length2:39
Label Universal Records
Songwriter(s) Cedric Bixler-Zavala, Omar Rodríguez-López
Producer(s) Omar Rodríguez-López
The Mars Volta singles chronology
"Viscera Eyes"
(2006)
"Wax Simulacra"
(2007)
"Goliath"
(2008)

"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.

<i>The Bedlam in Goliath</i> 2008 studio album by The Mars Volta

The Bedlam in Goliath is the fourth studio album by American progressive rock band the Mars Volta, released on January 29, 2008, on Gold Standard Laboratories and Universal Motown Records. Produced by guitarist and songwriter Omar Rodríguez-López, the album's creation was subject to "bad luck controversy" after an experience with a ouija that Rodriguez-Lopez bought as a gift for vocalist Cedric Bixler-Zavala. The album is the first to feature drummer Thomas Pridgen, and the last to include guitarist and sound manipulator Paul Hinojos, wind multi-instrumentalist Adrián Terrazas-González, and keyboardist Isaiah "Ikey" Owens.

The Mars Volta American rock band

The Mars Volta is an American progressive rock band from El Paso, Texas, formed in 2001. The band's final lineup consisted of Omar Rodríguez-López, Cedric Bixler-Zavala, Juan Alderete (bass), Marcel Rodríguez-López and Deantoni Parks (drums). The band formed following the break-up of Rodríguez-López and Bixler-Zavala's previous band, At the Drive-In. They were known for their energetic live shows and their concept albums.

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On October 19, 2007, a promotional video for the single was released via the Universal Music Group web site. [1] A video for the song features a montage of clips from the unreleased live DVD of Melbourne and Sydney 2007 shows, filmed by El Bufalo De La Noche director, Jorge Aldana.

On November 20, 2007, the song was released for download on the iTunes Store and the Zune Marketplace. On January 17, 2008, the song was performed on the Late Show with David Letterman . [2] On January 22, 2009, the song was performed on MTV Live.

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The song won the Grammy for Best Hard Rock Performance at the pre-telecast ceremony for the 51st Grammy Awards in 2009. [3]

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The Grammy Award for Best Hard Rock Performance was an award presented to recording artists at the Grammy Awards until 2011.

Track listing

  1. "Wax Simulacra" - 2:39
  2. "Pulled to Bits" - 3:33

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References

  1. "The Mars Volta - Wax Simulacra". YouTube. 2009-11-20. Retrieved 2012-03-14.
  2. YouTube - Mars Volta on Letterman (HD version)
  3. BLABBERMOUTH.NET - THE MARS VOLTA Wins 'Best Hard Rock' GRAMMY For 'Wax Simulacra'