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Band: Wire

Postby Dylan on Fri Aug 27, 2004 9:44 am

I've been told by a lot of people that I should like this band. I just can't get into it. Maybe all of you will finally lose all respect for me for this. Oh well. I still won't be into Wire.

I unfortunately will have to vote CRAP.
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Postby 154 on Fri Aug 27, 2004 10:01 am

uhhh? lemme guess, you heard 'manscape' or something and figured all their stuff sounded like that?

their first 3 albums are perfect. not crap
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Postby kerble on Fri Aug 27, 2004 10:09 am

I dunno, 154.

I gave pink flag a really good whirl and I think it's about half good. The pompous arrangements are kinda kool, but that one doude has one of the wackest most godawful singing voices/styles I've heard. Not the one guy but the other guy. That other guy is dicks.

He totally distracts from the music with his crappy singing self. He should let the other guy sing all the songs. If it turns out there's just one guy and not two guys singing, he should stop singing in that one way.



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Postby 154 on Fri Aug 27, 2004 10:18 am

one guy sings all of pink flag (colin newman, except for backing vocals of course). graham lewis didn't start singing until 'chairs missing'.
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Postby Macho Man Angry_Dragon on Fri Aug 27, 2004 10:56 am

If you didn't like Pink Flag, then check out Chairs Missing. It is worth it for the song Outdoor Miner alone. I actually think that Pink Flag is the worst of the original 3 albums. It's still good but...
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Postby tmidgett on Fri Aug 27, 2004 11:27 am

great band

still a great band. weirdly. the new stuff makes 'lowdown' sound baroque.
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Postby 154 on Fri Aug 27, 2004 11:34 am

tmidgett wrote:great band

still a great band. weirdly. the new stuff makes 'lowdown' sound baroque.


heh, true. i would like the new stuff a lot more if it wasn't just looped parts over and over..
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Postby Dylan on Fri Aug 27, 2004 11:53 am

154 wrote:uhhh? lemme guess, you heard 'manscape' or something and figured all their stuff sounded like that?

their first 3 albums are perfect. not crap

The prompt was hearing "Map Reference Whatever The Fuck" on the radio and feeling completely neutral by it. I don't know what album it's on, so I can't make any statements about what era I've heard.

I've never immersed myself in one of their albums. I worked at a record store, and someone would throw it on occasionally. It just never hit me as being awesome or total shit. Let's agree to disagree that I haven't really given them a fair chance.
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Postby 154 on Fri Aug 27, 2004 1:11 pm

I've never immersed myself in one of their albums. I worked at a record store, and someone would throw it on occasionally. It just never hit me as being awesome or total shit. Let's agree to disagree that I haven't really given them a fair chance.


i understand. i think the first time i ever gave the Beatles a serious listen was 'rubber soul' and i remember thinking "what's so special about this?" but both the beatles and wire are extremely diverse and pretty difficult to pin down after listening to a few songs. one song can be pretty and poppy, the next song can sound downright demonic, and you get my point..

i'd agree to give 'chairs missing' a listen. it was the one that grabbed me most immediately for some reason. '154' seemed pretty schizophrenic at first and 'pink flag' really pushes your limits as to what passes for a 'song'. but taken as a whole with some time, they are all perfect.
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Postby GuyMercier on Fri Aug 27, 2004 4:45 pm

Dylan wrote:The prompt was hearing "Map Reference Whatever The Fuck" on the radio and feeling completely neutral by it.


I'm not thinking of Wire as a radio band. I saw them open for Roxy Music in a hall with 10.000 people (early 80s) that was so extremely tight and i'd never seen a drummer lined along the rest of the band and the first album, man, NOT CRAP.
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Postby aaron on Fri Aug 27, 2004 7:41 pm

154 wrote:their first 3 albums are perfect. not crap


and they are still great when they play!

_chairs missing_ is my favorite

go see 'em!

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Postby Edward on Fri Aug 27, 2004 11:51 pm

Pink Flag is second only to Double Nickels on the Dime on my all-time greatest rock records list.

Needless to say, NOT CRAP.
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Postby Stef on Mon Aug 30, 2004 2:44 am

NEVER CRAP! 154 is easily one of the greatest albums ever recorded. Seeing them live in 2000 was the greatest musical experience of my entire life. What was surprising about that show was how funny Colin Newman was onstage. It's not like he was up there telling jokes; his stage persona is what was so funny- kind of this silly, yet wise guy. Graham Lewis was also super intense on stage as well. Anyone who does not like the music of WIRE is mentally retarded.
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Postby shagboy on Mon Aug 30, 2004 2:48 am

pink flag and chairs missing are two of my favourite albums ever.

i'll probably get into 154 at some point, but it hasn't happened yet.
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Postby placeholder on Mon Aug 30, 2004 9:04 am

NOT CRAP. One of the best bands ever.

Saw them in 2002 and was blown away. Of course, the first three albums can't be touched, but I actually enjoy a good lot of their mid-to-late '80s first reunion/"beat combo" stuff. Not as much as the first three, or the Read and Burn EPs, or Send, but I still like most of it. The Behind the Curtain compilation is pretty great.

154 is my favorite by the narrowest of margins over Chairs Missing, Document and Eyewitness, Turns and Strokes, and Pink Flag.
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Postby ing curtis on Sun Mar 20, 2005 7:49 pm

i am truly baffled that this band isnt worshipped whole heartedly on this board.

the new "wire on the box" cd/dvd set is 17.99 and is one of the most intense/creepy performances i have ever seen.
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Postby shagboy on Sun Mar 20, 2005 9:08 pm

what does worshipped wholeheartedly mean?

16 not crap and 2 crap is a pretty standard ratio for "universally praised on the EA forums" bands, i think
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Postby MissAnthrope on Sun Mar 20, 2005 9:11 pm

i really enjoy Wire,
but it took me a few years to appreciate them as much as i do now,
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Postby Rog on Mon Mar 21, 2005 8:13 am

Isn't my opinion of Wire well known?
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Postby Andrew L. on Tue Mar 22, 2005 12:30 am

I just finished listening to a 40 minute + interview with Bruce Gilbert (from 2000) while cleaning my house. Good interview:

http://www.bravenewwaves.ca/bnmedia/arc ... bert.shtml

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