Though they recorded just four full-length albums and lasted only four years, the Pixies were easily one of the most influential bands of the 1980s. Wave of Mutilation is a fairly concise effort at capturing some of the band's greatest moments, with 23 tracks spanning their albums, with a bunch of quality B-sides and rarities thrown in to keep fans happy (there's even the hard-to-find Neil Young cover "Winterlong").
Inevitably, however, trying to distil the essence of a band like this into just one CD is going to annoy some of the more die-hards (there's no "I've Been Tired", for example). But as befits the Pixies, every song here is a gem. From the Latin-pop of "Nimrod's Son" to the heavenly Kim Deal vocals on "Gigantic" to the theremin-led "Velouria" to the bitingly sarcastic "U-Mass", Wave of Mutilation is a good introduction to perhaps the best band Massachusetts ever produced. That said, there's nothing here that should prevent anyone from investing in their entire back catalogue. Nirvana would never have existed without the Pixies, and few record collections should be allowed to exist without them. --Ted Kord
During their six years together, the Pixies released five albums to fan, peer and critical acclaim. This new 23-track best-of CD runs almost chronologically and expands on the previous compilation, Death To The Pixies, with a couple of B-sides, the live favourite "Into the White", and a cover of Neil Young's "Winterlong".
The Holiday Song
Monkey Gone To Heaven
Wave Of Mutilation
Here Comes Your Man
Where Is My Mind?
Into The White
Dig For Fire
Planet Of Sound
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