Pavement reissue ‘Wowee Zowee’

The Sordid Sentinals edition with 50 tracks is out on 4 December 2006 on Domino Records

Wowee Zowee, originally released in April 1995 on the eve of Pavements 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 RocknRoll comp Not So Quiet On The Western Front, Wowee Zowee confused critics and alienated fans. How fantastic, then, that it went on to scan 122K copies and became many fans fave Pavement album. 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 bands most rocking to date.

Get Wowee Zowee: Sordid Sentinels Edition [Limited Edition] [Box set] from Amazon.co.uk

This super-deluxe remastered compilation has:

* 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

“Confounding, but packed with insights” SPIN

Release date: 4 December 2007
Formats / Cat No.s: CD / vinyl (REWIG31)
Distribution: Vital

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