Wire – Singles
I recently recommended Wire to a friend who lives in
DOT DASH / OPTIONS R
HARVEST UK HAR 5161, 1978 2 TRKS with pic sleeve
I AM THE FLY / EX LION TAMER
MANNEQUIN / FEELING CALLED LOVE / 12XU
MAP REF. 41N 93W / GO AHEAD
OUR SWIMMER / MIDNIGHT BAHNHOF CAFE
OUTDOOR MINER / PRACTICE MAKES PERFECT
QUESTION OF DEGREE, A / FORMER AIRLINE
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