- Title:Wowee Zowee - Sordid Sentinels Edition
- Style:Lo-Fi, Indie Rock
- Date of release:
- Size FLAC version1674 megabytes
- Size MP3 version1529 megabytes
- Size WMA version1664 megabytes
- Formats:VOX AUD AU MP1 APE MIDI MP4
Wowee Zowee is the third studio album by American indie rock band Pavement. The album showcased a more experimental and spontaneous side of the group, returning them to the clatter and unpredictability of their early recordings after the more traditional rock sound of 1994's Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain.
By 1995, Pavement were poised to become alt-rock’s next big things, but with Wowee Zowee they doubled down on their refusal to conform. This sprawling 18-track messterpiece is, at once, crisply recorded and chaotically structured-even its would-be rock anthems, like Rattled by the Rush, sound a little wobbly on their feet. But amid brain-scrambling blurts like Brinx Job and Best Friend's Arm, there are moments of exquisite melancholy, heard in the gleaming guitars of Grounded and the forlorn fuzz pop of Kennel District.
1. Half a Canyon (Live at Wireless) Lyrics.
Matador and Pavement follow their 2xCD expanded reissues of Slanted and Enchanted and Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain with a deluxe Wowee Zowee package that includes B-sides rounding out the first disc, and a second CD of outtakes, radio shots, live songs, and compilation tracks. Stephen Malkmus writes in the liner notes of the expanded 2xCD reissue of Wowee Zowee that many of his friends like this Pavement record best. In 2006, that's not a crazy notion: Wowee Zowee was Pavement's White Album, a little bit of everything thrown together, and as with the Beatles' double, its adherents prefer the band at its loosest, funniest, and most willing to do whatever pops into their heads. But I wonder what . s friends thought when WZ was released in April 1995.
Since it's release in 1995, Wowee Zowee has been splitting Pavement fans into two distinct groups, those who love the album for its eccentricities, and tend to agree that Pavement were at their best when they were writing catchy, quirky pop songs, and those who wish Pavement had stuck with what made them so great in the first place, atonal melodies, questionable. production values, and a healthy dose of feedback now and then
The cover art can be obtained from Matador Records. The entire cover: because the image is cover art, a form of product packaging, the entire image is needed to identify the product, properly convey the meaning and branding intended, and avoid tarnishing or misrepresenting the image.
But Pavement was more important as a rock band than as a post-modern performance piece, and the highlights on Sordid Sentinels are the songs Pavement fans know and love performed the way we already knew and loved them. Here’s the band’s gleeful rewiring of the Schoolhouse Rock! tune No More Kings !
Tracklist Hide Credits
|1-2||Rattled By The Rush||4:16|
|1-8||Father To A Sister Of Thought||3:30|
|1-10||Best Friends Arm||2:19|
|1-12||AT & T||3:32|
|1-13||Flux = Rad||1:45|
|1-14||Fight This Generation||4:22|
|1-17||Half A Canyon||6:10|
|1-20||Brink Of The Clouds||2:25|
|1-24||Mussle Rock (Is A Horse In Transition)||3:26|
|1-25||Give It A Day||2:38|
|1-26||Gangsters & Pranksters||1:30|
|1-28||I Love Perth||1:05|
|2-1||Sensitive Euro Man||2:17|
|2-3||Fight This Generation||8:10|
Engineer – Hans Bunt
Piano – Doug Easley
|2-6||It's A Hectic World||1:03|
|2-8||Golden Boys / Serpentine Pad||4:33|
|2-10||I Love Perth||1:10|
|2-11||Dancing With The Elders||4:14|
|2-12||Half A Canyon||5:27|
|2-13||Best Friend's Arm||3:52|
|2-14||Brink Of The Clouds / Candylad||3:59|
|2-17||Heaven Is A Truck||4:03|
|2-19||No More Kings
Engineer, Mixed By – Davis McCain, Doug Easley
Mixed By – John Croslin
|2-21||We Dance - Alternate Mix||3:02|
- Art Direction – Mark Ohe
- Artwork [Original Wowee Zowee Cover Art & Additional Paintings] – Steve Keene
- Cello – Sibel Firat (tracks: 1-1 to 1-18)
- Design [Book Design] – Frank Longo
- Engineer [At Easley Studio] – Davis McCain (tracks: 1-1 to 1-18), Doug Easley (tracks: 1-1 to 1-18)
- Engineer [At Random Falls] – Mark Venezia (tracks: 1-1 to 1-18)
- Liner Notes [Booklet Notes] – Doug Easley, S.M.*
- Mastered By – Greg Calbi
- Mixed By [At Random Falls] – Bryce Goggin (tracks: 1-1 to 1-18), SM* (tracks: 1-1 to 1-18)
- Mixed By [More Mott Pass] – Jan BL, Rich Costey, SM*
- Performer – Bob Nastanovich, Mark Ibold, Spiral Stairs, SM*, Steve West
- Steel Guitar [Pedal] – Doug Easley (tracks: 1-1 to 1-18)
NotesPackaged with full color booklet in slipcase.
Disc One: tracks 19 and 29 previously unreleased
1-1–1-18 originally released as OLE-130, "Wowee Zowee", April 1995.
1-19 Wowee Zowee session outtake.
1-20–1-22 from OLE-134, "Rattled by the Rush", March 1995.
1-23–1-24 from OLE-169, "Father to a Sister of Thought", June 1995.
1-25–1-28 from OLE-188, "Pacific Trim", February 1996.
1-29 Wowee Zowee session outtake.
Disc Two: tracks, 2 to 5, 7 to 10, 12 to 18 and 21 previously unreleased
2-1 from the OST "I Shot Andy Warhol", April 1996.
2-2 Wowee Zowee session outtake.
2-3–2-4 Live in the Netherlands recorded at Hilversum, Holland, March 3, 1994.
2-5 Wowee Zowee jam session.
2-6 from "Homage - Lots of Bands Doing Descendents' Songs", 1995.
2-7–2-10 BBC Radio One: Steve Lamacq Evening Session recorded live for the BBC, March 15, 1996.
2-11 from split 7" with the Medusa Cyclone, 1995.
2-12–2-18 Live at the Wireless, JJJ Radio, Australia, recorded July 7, 1994.
2-19 from "Schoolhouse Rock! Rocks", April 1996.
2-20 from the OST "The Kids in the Hall: Brain Candy", April 1996.
2-21 Wowee Zowee session outtake.
Tracks 1-1 to 1-18
Recorded Nov 12-34 1994 at Easley Studio, Memphis, TN
Recorded Feb 10-14 1994 at Random Falls, NYC
Speed Mix: Dec 2-5 1994, Jan 2-5 1995
Tracks 2-7 to 2-10
© 1995 BBC Music. Released by arrangement with BBC Music. First transmaission date: March 15, 1995.
Recorded at Easley Studio, Memphis, TN.
Recorded at Easley Studio, Memphis, TN.
Mixed at Arlyn Studios, Austin, TX, February 1996
Mastering: Sterling Sound, September 2006
All songs by Treble Kicker Music/I Don't Have One (BMI), administered by EMI Virgin Songs, except
"Kennell District," "Western Homes," "Mussle Rock," "Painted Soldiers," by I Don't Have One (BMI), administered by EMI Virgin Songs;
"It's A Hectic World" published by Cesstone Music/Alltudemic Music (BMI) and
"No More Kings" published by American Broadcasting Music, Inc. (ASCAP)
Barcode and Other Identifiers
- Barcode: 744861072225
- Matrix / Runout (Disc 1): Z57174 LN OLE 722-2.1 TEXT 01 M0S1
- Matrix / Runout (Disc 2): Z57171 LN OLE 722-2.2 TEXT 01 M1S2
- Mastering SID Code (Both Discs): ifpi L909
- Mould SID Code (Disc 1): IFPI 2U8J
- Mould SID Code (Disc 2): IFPI 2U8K
|OLE 130-2, 9 45898-2, 2-45898||Pavement||Wowee Zowee (CD, Album)||Matador, Matador, Matador||OLE 130-2, 9 45898-2, 2-45898||US||1995|
|RTD 131.3030.2||Pavement||Wowee Zowee (CD, Album, Promo)||Rough Trade||RTD 131.3030.2||Germany||1995|
|CAROL LP009||Pavement||Wowee Zowee (2xLP, Gat)||Caroline Records||CAROL LP009||Spain||1995|
|OLE 130-2||Pavement||Wowee Zowee (CD, Album, RE)||Matador||OLE 130-2||US||1996|
|REWIGCD31P||Pavement||Wowee Zowee (2xCDr, Comp, Promo)||Domino||REWIGCD31P||UK||2006|