4. 'Wave of Mutilation'
Back in the 1980s, there were news stories about Japanese men killing themselves and their families by driving off piers because they had failed in business. Reading that probably didn't make you feel like writing a song, but that's why you aren't Black Francis. He wrote "Wave of Mutilation" about the phenomenon. (Let's hope these poor families merely drowned and weren't mutilated first.) The version on Doolittle is rather fast, but they cut a slowed-down version called "Wave of Mutilation (UK Surf)" as a b-side. Many concerts feature both versions of the tune.