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Album Review

Originally offered on Eye-Q Records, this disc was also packaged together with another Eye-Q release, Mogwai Fear Satin Remixes, and distributed through Jetset. Like the band that inspires them, the DJs and producers at work on Kicking a Dead Pig: Mogwai Songs Remixed go to both noisy and gentle extremes as they infiltrate their Young Team-era cuts. Things get kicked off on the softer side as mostly mellow mixes of "Like Herod" (Hood) and "Helicon 2" (Max Tundra) present a breezy, meditative soundscape. This pattern holds for the most part as the remaining cuts overlay hip-hop, techno, and other dance-oriented beats onto generally mellow Mogwai tracks, with the chaotic Alec Empire's Face the Future remix of "Like Herod" being the noisy exception. While there are some decidedly uninspired white-noise explosions, there is also enough interesting material on Kicking a Dead Pig: Mogwai Songs Remixed to interest devoted fans. New listeners should probably avoid this compilation, however, as Mogwai's trademark subtlety of texture and performance dynamics are aggressively (and in some cases destructively) modified on this release.

Customer Reviews

Only really worth it for the MBV Remix

Everything else is a bit mixed, but the Kevin Shields remix of Mogwai Fear Satan is a masterpiece.

Their other remix album (A Wrenched Virile Lore) is a lot better, and the remixes on the Music Industry 3... EP.


Formed: 1996 in Glasgow, Scotland

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

The cosmic post-rock band Mogwai was formed in Glasgow, Scotland in 1996 by guitarist/vocalist Stuart Braithwaite, guitarist Dominic Aitchison, and drummer Martin Bulloch, longtime friends with the goal of creating "serious guitar music." Toward that end, they added another guitarist, John Cummings, before debuting in March 1996 with the single "Tuner," a rarity in the Mogwai discography for its prominent vocals; the follow-up, a split single with Dweeb titled "Angels vs. Aliens," landed in the Top...
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