Forty years of Wire and they stand alone, no-one does Art Punk quite like them, something in the rhythm, something in the melody, something in the lyrics, something in the mood. Experimental, accessible, thoughtful, driving, edgy, soft, scary, catchy, unpredictable, straightforward, beautiful, challenging – they never disappoint.
With three original members – Colin Newman on guitar and vocal, Graham Lewis on bass and Robert Gotobed (Grey) on drums (original guitarist Bruce Gilbert left in 2004) there have been some lengthy gaps in their long life but they seem to have never lost the vision of an ancient future, darkness and light, mesmeric genre crossing experimental Pop, Psychedelic Punk.
Once you have discovered this album, buy everything all the way back to Pink Flag (1977), Chairs Missing (1978) and 154 (1979). I would write some superlatives about 154 but the computer can’t take it.