Friday, July 16, 2010

Wire



7-16-10


Wire – Singles


I recently recommended Wire to a friend who lives in Washington state. He liked my recommendation! I told him their best stuff were their “punk singles”. I recommended he buy a collection CD of their older material…


DOT DASH / OPTIONS R

HARVEST UK HAR 5161, 1978 2 TRKS with pic sleeve

I AM THE FLY / EX LION TAMER

HARVEST UK HAR 5151, 1978 2 TRKS with pic sleeve

MANNEQUIN / FEELING CALLED LOVE / 12XU

HARVEST UK HAR 5144, 1977 3 TRKS with pic sleeve

MAP REF. 41N 93W / GO AHEAD

HARVEST UK HAR 5192, 1979 2 TRKS with pic sleeve

OUR SWIMMER / MIDNIGHT BAHNHOF CAFE

ROUGH TR UK RTO 79, 1979 2 TRKS with pic sleeve

OUTDOOR MINER / PRACTICE MAKES PERFECT

HARVEST UK HAR 5172, 1978 2 TRKS with pic sleeve, white vinyl

QUESTION OF DEGREE, A / FORMER AIRLINE

HARVEST UK HAR 5187, 1979 2 TRKS with pic sleeve


If hard pressed, I think I like “A Question Of Degree” and “Our Swimmer” the best. I think “Our Swimmer” is about their most commercial singles ever released – yet, it’s what got them off of EMI (and onto Rough Trade).


Wire were certainly popular with the artsy crowd in 1978/9. Some people “got it” immediately – others didn’t know what to make of their punk minimalism. I think I finally got the message about the time of “154”, which I still think is their strongest album. I never saw them play live.


I tried to follow Colin Newman through a solo career – but only got as far as his first few solo releases. I never got very many of the re-formed Wire albums / singles – though I understand they are popular with the post-new wave crowd.


I don’t think there were ever music videos made for any of the above listed singles – well, I certainly never saw any! Another friend eventually gave me some Wire videos, but I think they were live shows, not ‘produced’ music videos.


So, all hail Wire! But I do still enjoy other UK early new wave bands more: Magazine, XTC, Ultravox (Mk. I) etc.

3 comments:

REVO said...

One of the most amazing videos in my collction was the appearance of Wire on "The Late Show." That was the Fox talk show started up as a Carson competitor with Joan Rivers hosting. By the time Wire appeared, JR had flown the coop. So the guest host that evening was wait for it... Suzanne Somers!!!!

The band appeared and performed a live + loud version of "Drill" from their "Snakedrill" EP. The entire performance sounded "in the red!" I can only imagine the pain that occurred in the ears of the Hollywood audience of elderly Joan Rovers fans! Somers appeared stunned by the impact and even stupider than normal and as a woman in her mid-40s at the time of the taping, she look ridiculous in her heavy metal barbie outfit.

Adding to the surrealism of the appearance, Bruce Gilbert was videotaping the "interview" with his own camera after their performance and interrogation at the hands of bimbo supremo Somers.

REVO said...

A video is worth 10,000 words!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WrpVS7m3tX0

Ron Kane said...

Amusing stuff, Jim-san!