Wire

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, SHSP 4076(I) Wire Pink Flag (Album) Harvest, Harvest SHSP 4076, SHSP 4076(I) UK 1977 Sell This Version
1C 064-06 801 Wire Chairs Missing (Album) Harvest, Harvest 1C 064-06 801 Germany 1978 Sell This Version
SPSLP 299 Wire 154 (EP, Album) Harvest, Harvest SPSLP 299 UK 1979 Sell This Version
Rough 29, Rough 2912 Wire Document And Eyewitness (MiniAlbum, Album) Rough Trade, Rough Trade Rough 29, Rough 2912 Italy 1981 Sell This Version
STUMM 42 Wire The Ideal Copy (Album) Mute, Mute STUMM 42 UK 1987 Sell This Version
C STUMM 54 Wire A Bell Is A Cup... Until It Is Struck (Album) Mute C STUMM 54 UK 1988 Sell This Version
INT 146.852, STUMM 66 Wire It's Beginning To And Back Again (Album) Mute INT 146.852, STUMM 66 Germany 1989 Sell This Version
CDStumm 80, CDSTUMM 80 Wire Manscape (Album) Mute, Mute CDStumm 80, CDSTUMM 80 UK 1990 Sell This Version
INT 146.869, STUMM 74 Wire The Drill (Album, Comp, Single) Mute INT 146.869, STUMM 74 Germany 1991 Sell This Version
PCD-23321 Wire Send (Album) Pinkflag PCD-23321 Japan 2003 Sell This Version
PF6L Wire Metro, Chicago, 14th September 2002(CD) Pinkflag PF6L UK 2003 Sell This Version
PF7TV Wire On The Box: 1979 Pinkflag PF7TV US 2004 Sell This Version
PF8TV Wire The Scottish Play: 2004 (Album) Pinkflag PF8TV US 2005 Sell This Version
PF9-10 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, EP) Pinkflag PF 17 USA, Canada & UK 2008 Sell This Version
PF 18 Wire Red Barked Tree (Album) Pinkflag PF 18 UK, Europe & US 2010 Sell This Version
pfb802 Wire 21 Jul 1985 Bloomsbury Theatre, London(DVD-D, NTSC, Ltd) Pinkflag pfb802 UK 2011 Sell This Version
PF 19 Wire The Black Session(CD, Album) Pinkflag PF 19 UK, Europe & US 2011 Sell This Version
PF143 Wire Change Becomes Us (Album) Pinkflag PF143 Australia 2013 Sell This Version
PF22LP Wire Wire (Album) Pinkflag PF22LP UK, Europe & US 2015 Sell This Version
PF23LP Wire Nocturnal Koreans (MiniAlbum) Pinkflag PF23LP UK & Europe 2016 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

HAR 5144 Wire Mannequin (Single) Harvest HAR 5144 UK 1977 Sell This Version
3C 006-06 891 Wire Outdoor Miner (Single) Harvest, Harvest 3C 006-06 891 Italy 1978 Sell This Version
HAR 5151 Wire I Am The Fly (Single) Harvest HAR 5151 UK 1978 Sell This Version
HAR 5161 Wire Dot Dash (Single) Harvest HAR 5161 UK 1978 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 5 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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