Wave of Mutilation: Best of Pixies


Wave of Mutilation: Best of Pixies [1]
Pixies Wave of Mutilation.jpg
Greatest hits album by
ReleasedMay 3, 2004 (2004-05-03)
GenreAlternative rock, college rock
Label4AD CAD 2406
ProducerSteve Albini, Gil Norton, Pixies, and Gary Smith
Pixies compilations chronology
Complete 'B' Sides
Wave of Mutilation: Best of Pixies [1]
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic4.5/5 stars[2]
Blender3/5 stars[3]
Drowned In Sound9/10[4]
Pitchfork Media8.5/10[6]
Robert ChristgauA[7]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide3/5 stars[8]
Uncut4/5 stars[9]

Wave of Mutilation: Best of Pixies is a compilation album by 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.

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 Pixies.

As of 2015, sales in the United States have exceeded 316,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan.[10] In 2006 the album received a diamond certification for 250,000 copies sold in Europe by Independent Music Companies Association.[11]

Track listing

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

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 YoungDig for Fire Single (1990)3:08




Chart (2004/05) Peak
Australia (ARIA Charts)[12] 64
United Kingdom (Official Charts) 16
United States (Billboard 200) 161


Region Certification Certified units/sales
Canada (Music Canada)[13] Gold 50,000double-dagger
United Kingdom (BPI)[14] Gold 100,000^

^ Shipments figures based on certification alone.
double-dagger Sales+streaming figures based on certification alone.


  1. ^ Discogs - Wave of Mutilation: best of Pixies images, CD 2004-May-03rd 4AD (CAD 2406CD) UK
  2. ^ Allmusic review
  3. ^ Dolan, Jon. "Wave of Mutilation — Blender". Blender. Archived from the original on 2009-04-20. Retrieved 2009-06-14.
  4. ^ "Drowned In Sound review". Archived from the original on 2010-08-25. Retrieved 2010-07-14.
  5. ^ NME review
  6. ^ Pitchfork Media review
  7. ^ Robert Christgau review
  8. ^ Wolk, Douglas (2004). "The Pixies". The New Rolling Stone Album Guide (4th ed.). New York: Simon & Schuster. pp. 640–41. ISBN 0-7432-0169-8.
  9. ^ Uncut review
  10. ^ "The Record: Unfinished Business". Capital Public Radio. 3 February 2015. Retrieved 16 April 2019.
  11. ^ "2006 January-April results Impala European Music Sales award successes" (PDF). IMPALA. 9 May 2006. Retrieved 5 July 2018.
  12. ^ Ryan, Gavin (2011). Australia's Music Charts 1988–2010 (pdf ed.). Mt. Martha, VIC, Australia: Moonlight Publishing.
  13. ^ "Canadian album certifications – Pixies – Wave Of Mutilation: Best Of Pixies". Music Canada.
  14. ^ "British album certifications – Pixies – Best Of - Wave Of Mutilation". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved 22 September 2021.

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