Pavement - WOWEE ZOWEE

Bill Cummings 30/10/2006

Lo fi pioneers Pavement are set to re-release their much loved album "Wowee Zowee." Originally released by Matador in April 1995 on the eve of Pavement's infamous mud-bespattered mainstage appearance at Lollapalooza, began life as a controversial release. Fresh off the success of Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain with its charttopping Modern Rock hit “Cut Your Hair,” the band went into the studio and came out with a deliberately chaotic and eclectic album that sounded nothing like its predecessor. With influences from the Groundhogs to the Frogs, Captain Beefheart to the more obscure mid- '80s central California hardcore bands featured on Maximum Rock'n'Roll comp 'Not So Quiet On The Western Front,' Wowee Zowee confused critics and alienated fans. It went onto become a cult success. A return to their pre- Crooked cacaphony, the songs have a darkness that now seems appropriate, and with Bryce Goggin at the mixing desk, the production was the band's most rocking to date.So much so that its been re-released in a new super duper form. This super-deluxe remastered compilation has some good extras:

• An embossed slipcase containing 2 CDs plus 64-page perfect-bound book
• 50 tracks total, 18 unreleased recordings
• The entire remastered original album
• 6 never-released songs, outtakes or live
• 9 non-album B-sides from the “Rattled By The Rush” single, the “Father To A Sister Of Thought” single, and the Pacific Trim EP
• 4 period compilation tracks, from the 'Schoolhouse Rock! Rocks' tribute album, the 'Homage' tribute to the Descendents, and soundtracks to 'I Shot Andy Warhol' and 'Kids In The Hall: Brain Candy' soundtracks
• 5 BBC Evening Session tracks
• 7 JJJ (Aus) Live at the Wireless tracks
• 2 VPRO (Holland) Session tracks
• 1 track from the Medusa Cyclone split 7”
• 1 alternate mix

To celeberate this release we have two Pavement videos from the Wowee Zowee era for your viewing pleasure:

"Rattled ByThe Rush"
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"Father To A Sister OF Thought"
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