Colin Newman ‎– Commercial Suicide

Crammed Discs ‎– CRAM 109
CD, Album, Reissue, O-Card


1 Their Terrain
2 2-Sixes
3 Metarkest
4 But I...
5 Commercial Suicide
6 I'm Still Here
7 Feigned Hearing
8 Can I Explain The Delay
9 I Can Hear Your...
Bonus Tracks
10 Interview
11 Disco Dub Interview Remix

Companies, etc.


Jewel case in O-Card

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode: 5410377001602
  • Matrix / Runout: Sony DADC A0100463188-0101 11 A1
  • Mastering SID Code: IFPI L551
  • Mould SID Code: IFPI 94X3
  • Label Code: LC 08689
  • Rights Society: SABAM/BIEM™
  • Rights Society: GEMA
  • Other (EFA Distribution code): 80290
  • Other (Wagram Distribution code): 3084972WAG320

Other Versions (5 of 16) View All

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
CRAM 045 CD Colin Newman Commercial Suicide(CD, Album) Crammed Discs CRAM 045 CD Belgium 1986 Sell This Version
28CRL-3010 Colin Newman Commercial Suicide(LP) Crammed Discs 28CRL-3010 Japan 1986 Sell This Version
SLP-3109 Colin Newman Commercial Suicide(LP, Album) Sonet SLP-3109 Sweden 1986 Sell This Version
CRAM 109 Colin Newman Commercial Suicide(CD, Album, RE) Crammed Discs CRAM 109 Europe 2003 Sell This Version
32CRD-110 Colin Newman Commercial Suicide(CD, Album) Crammed Discs 32CRD-110 Japan 1986 Sell This Version


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February 15, 2009

As a huge Wire fan I had slowly gotten into the solo projects of the three artistic members of the group, especially Gilbert and Lewis's end with Dome, He Said, and, ummm, Gilbert.

Anyway, as much as I love A-Z, when I got Commercial Suicide I just could not get into it no matter how hard I tried. Having heard about its orchestral concept beforehand--an idea that I felt was pretty gimmicky to begin with--is enough to show Newman's out of ideas. Thinking on this albums brings to mind the other cliched material he's released, the 'Fish' album, a Drum & Bass album, and the pretentious Githead project. Colin Newman is a great musician, but he doesn't give himself enough creative room when he attempts to be different just for the sake of being so. Take the title itself; it just shows that he's trying his hardest to pretend not to care which reveals just the opposite.

The music on this album is flowery pop/orchestral work that sends shivers down my spine (and not good ones). I don't blame him for trying something new, since this more positive sound was already being heard on Not To it's not all that surprising to hear again, but this is just too much. His lyricism, which is almost always strong, fails miserably here as well.

The only redeeming quality about this remaster, for me at least, are the bonus 'interview' sections. Even though I think these pieces of work are rather self-indulgent themselves, especially since he's not even being interviewed, just talking about himself, the music in the background is really interesting to listen to, and the dub is even better. Still, the bonus material is not enough to hold my interest for long.