Pixies - Best of Pixies (Wave of Mutilation)
Label: 4AD – CAD 2406
Format: 2 × Vinyl, LP, Compilation, Album
Country: UK Issue
Style: Alternative Rock
A1 Bone Machine
A2 Nimrod's Son
A3 The Holiday Song
A5 Broken Face
B3 Monkey Gone To Heaven
B5 Gouge Away
B6 Wave Of Mutilation
C1 Here Comes Your Man
C3 Where Is My Mind?
C4 Into The White
D2 Dig For Fire
D4 Alec Eiffel
D5 Planet Of Sound
Mastered At – Loud Mastering
Pressed By – United Record Pressing
Recorded At – Fort Apache
Recorded At – Q Division Studios
Recorded At – Downtown Recorders
Mixed At – Carriage House Studios
Recorded At – Master Control, Burbank
Published By – Rice And Beans Music
Published By – Warner/Chappell Music Ltd.
Designed At – V23
Phonographic Copyright (p) – 4AD
Art Direction, Design – Chris Bigg , Vaughan Oliver
Bass Guitar [Bass], Vocals – Kim Deal
Coordinator [Project Coordinator] – Steve Webbon
Drums – David Lovering
Lead Guitar – Joey Santiago
Mastered By – JONZ
Photography By – Jason Love
Photography By [Portrait] – Andrew Catlin
Vocals, Guitar – Black Francis
Written-By – Black Francis (tracks: A1 to A5, B1 to D5)
House in a gatefold outer sleeve with plain white inner sleeves.
Track A2 to A4 recorded at Fort Apache, Roxbury, MA. From 'Come On Pilgrim'.
Tracks A1, A5, B1 and C3 recorded at 2 Division, Boston, MA. From 'Surfer Rosa'.
Track A6 single version re-recorded from 'Surfer Rosa'.
B4 to C2 recorded at Downtown Recorders, Boston, MA. Mixed at Carridge House Studios, Stamford, CT. From 'Doolittle'.
C4 recorded at Fort Apache, Roxbury, MA. From 'Complete 'B' Sides'.
C5 to D2 from 'Bossanova'.
D6 recorded at Fort Apache, Roxbury, MA. From 'Complete 'B' Sides'.
D3 to D5 recorded at Master Control, Burbank, CA. From 'Trompe Le Monde'.
All songs published by Rice And Beans Music (BMI) except 'Winterlong' published by Warner Chappell Music Ltd.
Tracks 2, 3, 4, 1987 4AD.
Tracks 1, 5, 6, 1988 4AD.
Track 1 1988 4AD.
Tracks 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 1989 4AD
Tracks 1, 2, 4, 1989 4AD.
Track 3, 1988 4AD.
Track5, 1990 4AD.
Tracks 1, 2, 6, 1990 4AD.
Tracks 3, 4, 5, 1991 4AD.
John Dent, Loud Mastering and United Record Pressing are not directly credited on the release but have been identified via their etchings in the vinyl runout.
The Pixies are an excellent alternative/modern rock band, and their greatness shines through on this Best Of album. With a whopping 23 tunes collected in one place, how can you go wrong?
Granted, hardcore Pixie fans might find that many of the tunes contained on the album lack the synergy they have when place in the surrounding context of the original albums from which they are drawn. That's a valid criticism of any and all greatest hit collections, but I nonetheless maintain that anyone who buys this album will not be disappointed.
The songs on the album combine loud, noisy and gritty guitars with catchy melodies-a rare combination indeed. They also write distinctive songs, not formulaic ones. Expect some distinctive lyrics, too. The lead vocals of Black Francis, combined with the (primarily) backing vocals of Kim Deal provide a good harmony. Holiday Song, Gigantic, Monkey Gone to Heaven, and Here Comes your Man are probably the most accessible and radio friendly tunes. However, I basically dig every single track on this album. This album showcases alternative/modern rock at its very best.
Pixies - Here Comes Your Man
Pixies - Debaser (live 1991)
Pixies - Gouge Away (live 1991)
The Pixies - Monkey Gone to Heaven
What I like best about the Pixies is that they have maintained such a low profile even when the music they are making is amazing. They're kind of like a secret
Pixies - Where Is My Mind (Fight Club)
Best movie and song of the 21st Century.
Pixies - Bone Machine
Surfer Rosa and Doolittle are such wonderful albums.
Pixies - Gigantic
According to Deal, the main inspiration for the song was the film Crimes of the Heart, in which a married woman falls in love with a black teenager and the song "Gigantic" is credited to Mrs John Murphy (Kim Deal's pseudonym at the time of Come On Pilgrim and Surfer Rosa and an ironic feminist joke).
The song's voyeuristic lyrics mostly revolve around a woman's observation of an attractive black man making love to another woman, culminating in the oddly light-hearted but sexual chorus: "Gigantic, gigantic, gigantic / A big, big love". Francis later commented on the title of the song and the chorus (in the music magazine SELECT), saying:
"A good chord progression, very Lou Reed influenced. I'd had the word 'gigantic' in my mind just because the chord progression seemed very big to me."
The melody, particularly at the beginning, differs between the album and EP version.
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Pixies - Holiday Song - 1986
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