Wave of Mutilation

Album: Doolittle (1989)

Songfacts®:

  • Lead singer Black Francis (Frank Black) described this song 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. I just wanted to take credit for that." >>
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    Martin - Rostock, Germany, for above 2
  • Pixes drummer David Lovering describes this as a very "un-Pixies-like" song, calling it "gentle and dreamy." He told MusicRadar: "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."

Comments: 2

  • Rl from NycMariana is a reference to the Mariana Islands in the Western Pacific ocean.

    El Niño is the warm phase of the Pacific Ocean that increases rainfall and warm weather.
  • Ryan from Anahola, HiI'm the first to comment. This song was featured in the music video game, Rock Band.
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