Posted on June 23, 2015 by Trace

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Pixies were known for exploring eccentric subjects,  which Francis described as being about “Japanese businessmen doing murder-suicides with their families because they’d failed in business,  and they’re driving off a pier into the ocean.”


In a concert in 2004 Frank Black stated half-jokingly, “This song is from about 15 years ago and while I didn’t invent it,  I was the first guy to sing about El Niño before it became all popular and everything..”

The song appears on the album ‘Doolittle’, the second studio album from the American alternative rock band Pixies, released in April 1989. Pixes drummer David Lovering describes this as a very “un-Pixies-like” song, calling it “gentle and dreamy.” He told Music Radar: “It’s an easy song to play, but it’s very effective in the way it grabs people. It’s got a very odd, arresting spirit. There’s nothing else that sounds quite like it.”

“Wave Of Mutilation” is borderline indecipherable. It deals with a false suicide and with living in a fantastical sea, but otherwise eludes interpretation. Francis, though, had a specific meaning in mind when he wrote the song — he revealed in one interview that the protagonist is a disgraced Japanese businessman who tries to kill himself and his family by driving off of a pier. The only hint in the lyrics themselves is the presence of the Marianas Trench, which is near Japan. At least, that’s one interpretation; in other interviews, Francis has said variously that the song is about “sea currents and nice animals” or “nothing.”

pixies80sA range of music magazines have since acclaimed Doolittle as one of the quintessential alternative rock albums of the 1980s. Rolling Stone, reviewing Doolittle again in 2002, gave the album a maximum score of five stars, remarking that it laid the “groundwork for Nineties rock.” 
Doolittle has received a number of international accolades and is consistently noted as one of the best albums of the 1980s in any genre.

Source: a dilution of wiki, songfacts and Stereogum

Cease to resist, giving my goodbye
Drive my car into the ocean
You’ll think I’m dead, but I sail away
On a wave of mutilation
Wave of mutilation
Wave of mutilation

I’ve kissed mermaids, rode the El Niño
Walked the sand with the crustaceans
Could find my way to Mariana
On a wave of mutilation
Wave of mutilation
Wave of mutilation

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