Posted April 15, 2020 by Jeff in Tunes

Matador Records Reissuing Pavement’s ‘Wowee Zowee’

Pavement, Credit Michael Wong
Pavement, Credit Michael Wong

Matador Records will release a special picture disc commemorating the 25th anniversary of Pavement’s 1995 album Wowee Zowee.

Cut in the shape of the speech bubble found on the cover of Wowee Zowee, the reissue features the tracks “Sensitive Euro Man” and “Brink of the Clouds/Candylad” that first debuted on Wowee Zowee: Sordid Sentinels, the expanded edition that was released on CD in 2006. This is the first time they’re available on vinyl. 

Limited to a one-time press of 3,000 copies, the picture disc is available to pre-order exclusively through the Matador webstore. Originally released 25 years ago on April 11, 1995, Wowee Zowee was Pavement’s third studio album.

On its most eclectic album, the band ignores genre limitations as it delivers a range of material, including the country-tinged “Father to a Sister of Thought,” the bluesy intro “Extradition” and the psychedelic number “Brinx Job,” all strung together by singer Stephen Malkmus’s “idiosyncratic wordplay.”

The release serves as the second entry in the 2020 edition of Matador’s Revisionist History series. Over the course of the year, Matador will mark anniversaries for some of the most celebrated releases in its catalogue with new reissues and re-pressings that’ll include rare live footage, photos, music videos and more.

Photo: Michael Wong


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