Wire

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Wire is an English rock band, formed in London in October 1976 by Colin Newman (vocals, guitar), Graham Lewis (bass, vocals), Bruce Gilbert (guitar), and Robert Gotobed (drums). They were originally associated with the punk rock scene, appearing on the Live at the Roxy WC2 album—a key early document of the scene—and were later central to the development of post-punk.
Inspired by the burgeoning UK punk scene, Wire are often cited as one of the more important rock groups of the 1970s and 1980s. Critic Stewart Mason wrote, "Over their brilliant first three albums, Wire expanded the sonic boundaries of not just punk, but rock music in general."
Wire are arguably a definitive art punk or post-punk ensemble, mostly due to their richly detailed and atmospheric sound, often obscure lyrical themes, and, to a lesser extent, their Situationist political stance. The group exhibited a steady development from an early raucous punk style (1977's Pink Flag) to a more complex, structured sound involving increased use of guitar effects and synthesizers (1978's Chairs Missing and 1979's 154). The band gained a reputation for experimenting with song arrangements throughout its career.
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SHSP 4076, 0C 062-06 564, SHSP 4076(I) Wire - Pink Flag album art Wire Pink Flag (Album) Harvest, Harvest, Harvest SHSP 4076, 0C 062-06 564, SHSP 4076(I) Ireland 1977 Sell This Version
1C 064-06 801 Wire - Chairs Missing album art Wire Chairs Missing (Album) Harvest, Harvest 1C 064-06 801 Germany 1978 Sell This Version
TC-SHVL-819 Wire - 154 album art Wire 154 (EP, Album) Harvest, Harvest TC-SHVL-819 Australia 1979 Sell This Version
ROUGH 29, ROUGH 2912 Wire - Document And Eyewitness album art Wire Document And Eyewitness (MiniAlbum, Album) Rough Trade, Rough Trade ROUGH 29, ROUGH 2912 UK 1981 Sell This Version
STUMM 42 Wire - The Ideal Copy album art Wire The Ideal Copy (Album) Mute STUMM 42 Italy 1987 Sell This Version
50617 Wire - A Bell Is A Cup... Until It Is Struck album art Wire A Bell Is A Cup... Until It Is Struck (Album) Mute 50617 France 1988 Sell This Version
C STUMM 66 Wire - It's Beginning To And Back Again album art Wire It's Beginning To And Back Again (Album) Mute C STUMM 66 UK 1989 Sell This Version
CDStumm 80, CDSTUMM 80 Wire - Manscape album art Wire Manscape (Album) Mute, Mute CDStumm 80, CDSTUMM 80 UK 1990 Sell This Version
ALCB 279 Wire - The Drill album art Wire The Drill (Album) Mute, Mute ALCB 279 Japan 1991 Sell This Version
pf6 Wire - Send album art Wire Send (Album) Pinkflag pf6 UK 2003 Sell This Version
PF7TV Wire - On The Box: 1979 album art Wire On The Box: 1979 Pinkflag PF7TV US 2004 Sell This Version
PF8TV Wire - The Scottish Play: 2004 album art Wire The Scottish Play: 2004 (Album) Pinkflag PF8TV US 2005 Sell This Version
none Wire - Chairs Missing album art Wire Chairs Missing(CDr, Album, Promo, RM) EMI none Europe 2006 Sell This Version
PF9-10 Wire - Live At The Roxy, London - April 1st & 2nd 1977 / Live At CBGB Theatre, New York - July 18th 1978 album art Wire Live At The Roxy, London - April 1st & 2nd 1977 / Live At CBGB Theatre, New York - July 18th 1978(2xCD, Album) Pinkflag PF9-10 UK 2006 Sell This Version
PF 17 Wire - Object 47 album art Wire Object 47 (Album, EP) Pinkflag PF 17 USA, Canada & UK 2008 Sell This Version
PFB 803 Wire - 01 Dec 1987 The Town & Country, London album art Wire 01 Dec 1987 The Town & Country, London (Album) Pinkflag PFB 803 2010
PFB 001 Wire - 08 Dec 2000 Queen's Hall, Edinburgh album art Wire 08 Dec 2000 Queen's Hall, Edinburgh (Album) Pinkflag PFB 001 2010
PFB 003 Wire - 19 Apr 2002 Fleece & Firkin, Bristol album art Wire 19 Apr 2002 Fleece & Firkin, Bristol (Album) Pinkflag PFB 003 2010
PFB 801 Wire - 21 Jul 1988 Astoria, London album art Wire 21 Jul 1988 Astoria, London (Album) Pinkflag PFB 801 2010
PFB 701 Wire - 25 Oct 1978 Bradford University album art Wire 25 Oct 1978 Bradford University (Album) Pinkflag PFB 701 2010
PF 18 LP Wire - Red Barked Tree album art Wire Red Barked Tree (Album) Pinkflag PF 18 LP UK 2010 Sell This Version
PFB 004 Wire - 02 May 2000 Great American, San Francisco album art Wire 02 May 2000 Great American, San Francisco (Album) Pinkflag PFB 004 2011
PFB 804 Wire - 17 Dec 1985 Paradiso, Amsterdam album art Wire 17 Dec 1985 Paradiso, Amsterdam (Album) Pinkflag PFB 804 2011
PFB 703 Wire - 12 Nov 1978, SO36, Berlin album art Wire 12 Nov 1978, SO36, Berlin (Album) Pinkflag PFB 703 2011
PFB 802 Wire - 21 Jul 1985 Bloomsbury Theatre, London album art Wire 21 Jul 1985 Bloomsbury Theatre, London(DVD-D, Ltd, NTSC) Pinkflag PFB 802 UK 2011 Sell This Version

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mekon21

mekon21

March 19, 2016
hi, can anyone say something about a compilation called "Never for money, always for love" (line from "Practice makes perfect")?
Stoffeler10

Stoffeler10

January 16, 2005
edited over 11 years ago
"I've found something no one else is looking for. I've found something that there's no use for. And what's more. I'm keeping it to myself."

Wire was a real phenomenon in the end 70's. And probably THE BAND of that time.
Their first three LPs, all equally brilliant, absorbed or better reflected, what was happening in Europe these days.
Their sound changed from the fast and short punk tracks of "Pink Flag" and leaded to the longer, more complex sounds of "154" .

Wire was a band of four strong individualists with different music preferences.
And that's probably the reason why their collaboration only lasts three LPs at first.
Newman and Gotobed surely were more Rock orientated, while Gilbert and Lewis were interested in more abstract soundscapes. But no doubt , it was this mixture, which made this band so special and ahead of the time during that period.
But it's impossible to talk about Wire, without mentioning their lyrics. Because no other „Punk / New Wave“ band had lyrics like that. To get an idea, just picture a play by Samuel Beckett mixed with Kafka.
Anyway the band paused after this three LPs . Just a compilation of live tracks was released in 1981 on Rough Trade Records, called "Document And Eyewitness".
Gilbert and Lewis released LPs not only under their names, but also under Dome and Duet Emmo. Followed by „He Said“ (a Lewis project).
Newman had several solo albums on Beggar`s Banquet, 4 AD and Crammed. But in 1986 Wire started working together again, released a few albums, until their „final split“ in 1991.
After that the members came up with solo projects again. Newman also launched the label Swim, together with Malka Spigel.

Today Wire is active again with a new label called „Pink Flag“.

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