Colin Newman

Real Name:
Colin John Newman
English musician, record producer and record label owner, born 16 September 1954, in Salisbury, Wiltshire. Co-founder of Swim ~.
Please do not confuse with Colin Newman (3)
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BEGA 20 Colin Newman - A-Z album art Colin Newman A-Z (Album, Comp) Beggars Banquet BEGA 20 New Zealand 1980 Sell This Version
CAD 108 Colin Newman - Provisionally Entitled The Singing Fish album art Colin Newman Provisionally Entitled The Singing Fish (Album, Comp) 4AD, 4AD CAD 108 Canada 1981 Sell This Version
BEG 58 425, BEG K 58 425 Colin Newman - Not To album art Colin Newman Not To (Album, Comp) 4AD BEG 58 425, BEG K 58 425 Germany 1982 Sell This Version
ST-73245 Colin Newman - Commercial Suicide album art Colin Newman Commercial Suicide (Album) Crammed Discs ST-73245 US 1986 Sell This Version
INT 146.840, CRAM 058 Colin Newman - It Seems album art Colin Newman It Seems (Album) Crammed Discs INT 146.840, CRAM 058 Germany 1988 Sell This Version
Wm3 Colin Newman - Bastard album art Colin Newman Bastard (Album) Swim ~ Wm3 US 1997 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

BEG 48, K 18381 Colin Newman - B album art Colin Newman B(7") Beggars Banquet, Beggars Banquet BEG 48, K 18381 UK 1980 Sell This Version
BEG 52 Colin Newman - Inventory / This Picture album art Colin Newman Inventory / This Picture(7", Single) Beggars Banquet BEG 52 UK 1981 Sell This Version
AD 209 Colin Newman - We Means We Starts / Not To album art Colin Newman We Means We Starts / Not To(7") 4AD AD 209 UK 1982 Sell This Version
CRAM 051, NORMAL 39 Colin Newman - Interview album art Colin Newman Interview Crammed Discs, Normal CRAM 051, NORMAL 39 Europe 1986 Sell This Version
CRAM 13457 Colin Newman - Feigned Hearing album art Colin Newman Feigned Hearing(7", Single) Crammed Discs CRAM 13457 Belgium 1986 Sell This Version
CRAM 17457 Colin Newman - Better Later Than Never album art Colin Newman Better Later Than Never(7", Single) Crammed Discs CRAM 17457 Belgium 1988 Sell This Version
Vwm 3 Colin Newman - Voice album art Colin Newman Voice (EP) Swim ~ Vwm 3 UK 1995 Sell This Version
i220/Tilde Colin Newman - The Narrativ album art Newman* / Izzo* Newman* / Izzo* - The Narrativ(12", Ltd) i220 i220/Tilde Germany 1999 Sell This Version


7 72397-2 Colin Newman - Provisionally Entitled The Singing Fish / Not To album art Colin Newman Provisionally Entitled The Singing Fish / Not To (Comp) 4AD 7 72397-2 US 1988 Sell This Version


Soundsheet #5 Colin Newman - Bush Whacked / Si Tu Attends album art Devo / Colin Newman Devo / Colin Newman - Bush Whacked / Si Tu Attends(Flexi, 6", Shape) Reflex Magazine Soundsheet #5 US 1988 Sell This Version

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May 31, 2022
As I have written elsewhere, Not Me for me is a critical single, and yet it only appears on the special 2 x cd version of A-Z. On the second A-Z disc there are two demos of Not Me, the fantastic studio quality Riverside demo then the home demo.

It would be great if Colin attended to a proper 7"single release of Not Me (like the Riverside demo).



April 28, 2022
phaks - I like your 'draft' and your notes specific to each album. I’ll be interested in your further details . . .

Colin Newman has produced so much music. It can be hard to keep up (especially if you are like me and you also listen to other stuff!). It’s too easy to get lost in Newman, then when you add Wire and all the offshoots – totally lost. It’s a good kind of lost.

Colin Newman is post-punk, having taken apart, he pieces it all back together, with expert musicianship, a voice with things to say. There is punky venting, some shouting, and with considered experiment, he takes music much further, some songs are very moving / poignant and yet, those same poignant songs can have an amazing edge. One good example was used in a peculiar movie scene, a pit, skin, little puppy. I still remember watching the film, and my surprise to hear Colin Newman’s haunting voice in the background. The film? Silence of the Lambs. Retain a sense of humour, it’s easy when you discover post punk track used eerily and effectively in a Hollywood film. Bizarre. The track? Alone. So, while there are many people who haven’t heard of “Colin Newman” there are millions who have heard his music. (The music industry doesn’t truly back our genius musicians.)

I first heard Colin Newman with his A-Z album, which is still my favourite album of his. I couldn’t state a favourite, but one track I constantly go to is S-S-S-Star Eyes, for the sheer, frenetic joy of it. But it’s best to hear the album in full, starting with I’ve Waited Ages (!!!). The early Eighties were an incredible time of musical brilliance. This album still sounds fresh, an outstanding breakthrough in music, no doubt a personal endeavour for Colin Newman. The whole album deserves a listen, but I suppose I have to lamentably add the tired adage: “it’s not everybody’s cup of tea”. Well: I don’t like tea.

[I also enjoyed Newman’s ventures with Malka Spigal, Minimal Compact (New Clear Twist) and the Swim label. Spigal’s voice, like Newman’s has a lot of character (Autumn Leaves). I’m diverging, and that is what happens when you get into Colin Newman’s music, he’s ventured far . . . ]


April 4, 2020
I've got a note to say that It Seems came with a free LP called Music From 12 Countries. Is this correct -as I cannot find it here. David P Housden


March 1, 2017
Colin Newman was my first love and he will be my last! Always liked his cool-to-hysterical english voice and his lyrics. More known for being the singer of WIRE. 'Selling on Ebay all that is yours.'
A-Z - a great record, in the style of Wire 154, full of ideas, heavy rhythms, sentimental melodies, partly very noisy. My all-time favourite.
Provisionally Entitled... - very calm, more ambient.
Not To - a light version of A-Z, songs all sound rather restrained.
Commercial Suicide - beyond good and evil, general suicide.
It Seems - never heard it.
Bastard - quiet fine, more into electronic sounds.
Will try to be more detailed later. This is a draft.

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