Wire ‎– The Ideal Copy

Mute ‎– CD STUMM 42, Mute ‎– CDSTUMM 42
CD, Album, Black Text


1 Point Of Collapse 3:22
2 Ahead 4:59
3 Madman's Honey 4:29
4 Feed Me 5:59
5 Ambitious 4:05
6 Cheeking Tongues 2:08
7 Still Shows 4:10
8 Over Theirs 5:23
9 Ahead (II) 3:29
10 A Serious Of Snakes 4:42
11 Drill 5:03
12 Advantage In Height 3:02
13 Up To The Sun 2:42
14 Ambulance Chasers 2:55
15 Feed Me(II) 4:28
16 Vivid Riot Of Red 2:22



Recorded in Hansa Tonstudio Berlin, Strong Room London and Metropol Berlin (Live 1986).
Thanks to Daniel Miller. Thanks to Monica Döring (Metropol).
Published by Dying Art except tracks 10 to 16 Lewis/Opal Ltd.

℗ & © Mute Records Ltd 1987.
Made In England

Catalogue number (On Spine/Rear): CD STUMM 42
Catalogue number (On CD): CDSTUMM 42

Issued in a standard jewel case with six page foldout booklet. This original version has the rear tray credits in black text. A later version has the same text in blue. Small round sticker on jewel case with the text "Contains Eight Extra tracks".
Tracks 9 to 16 are taken from the 'Ahead' & 'Snakedrill' 12" singles.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Matrix / Runout: CD STUMM 42 : MASTERED BY NIMBUS
  • SPARS Code: AAD

Other Versions (5 of 30) View All

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
4XO-73270 Wire The Ideal Copy(Cass, Album) Enigma Records (3) 4XO-73270 US 1987 Sell This Version
4X0-73270 Wire The Ideal Copy(Cass, Album) Enigma Records (3) 4X0-73270 Canada 1987 Sell This Version
STUMM 42 Wire The Ideal Copy(LP, Album, W/Lbl) Mute STUMM 42 Italy 1987 Sell This Version
7 73270-1 Wire The Ideal Copy(LP) Enigma Records (3) 7 73270-1 US 1987 Sell This Version
STUMM 42 Wire The Ideal Copy(LP, Album, TP, Gre) Mute STUMM 42 UK 1987 Sell This Version


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September 12, 2018
For a band so prone to shifting through the sonic landscape, this album stands out as the one where their experimentation seemed to profit the most. It hits the sweet spot, landing neatly between post-punk and new wave. There are moments so catchy that even the most stoic of human beings can't help but bob their stubborn heads (Ahead), and yet there are also moments so sublime that they almost feel like a dream (Madman's Honey). As a teenager, this album was a musical awakening to me. It presented sonic possibilities that I'd never encountered before. It was everything I'd loved about music in one package.


August 7, 2018
Somebody said this was released on the DAT format.
Is that true? Because I don't see it here.


September 22, 2017
Their most underrated album, no doubt, this and Pink Flag are their very best and shows such astonishing progression, adaptation and slight mutation - truly magnificent !


January 4, 2015

"Tracks 9 to 16 are taken from the 'Ahead' & 'Snakedrill' 12" singles."
Are they?
Track 09 is about 5:00 minutes on the 12'' single and not 3:29!
Maybe it's from the 7'' Single?


November 6, 2011
edited over 6 years ago
So underated and absolutely brilliant. From experimental to commercial and everything in between to offer on this album. I just think it's a classic in all senses of that word. Go out and get it if you want to see how versatile this group can be.


November 10, 2010
edited over 7 years ago

A fuckin Masterpiece album wich enriches all the electronic sounds from the eighties, recorded and produced superbly by the wonderful Gareth Jones in the mythic Hansa Tonstudio in Berlin.
The Ideal copy is a perfect picture of that time, and a photo of the time of the band at the point they were ready for a new strong second coming with better loaded spirits after Indian Meditations and Swedish astractions.Thie music is magically in inversed in time like the group:
this was normal and old in the 1987 and totally new and actual in 2010.

A milestone full of tracks where the minimun i can say is that they are epic: the opening Point of Collapse, the astonishing Feed Me thaty give you the creeps, only to mention two of the eight track bunch.
All the tracks are perfect and well balanced with a distinctive weight and progressive effects layers.

This is perfect for warming when you get up from bed in the morning at 8 o'clock or later or for a start in the early evening.
On the first listening you will be surprised how works after the woke up!


"skinnig the rabbit, dressing the skin, selecting an ear, tearing about, tearing about...."