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Colin Newman

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Newman is a member of the art rock band, Wire. When the band temporarily split in 1980, Newman pursued a solo career. His first solo LP, A-Z, was released in 1980 on the Beggar’s Banquet label. The album veered from extremely skewed pop to more mainstream numbers, such as “Order for Order”, which was compared by some to Gary Numan. A track from the demos for this LP (featured on CD versions but not included on the original vinyl release), “Not Me”, was covered by 4AD ensemble This Mortal Coil on their It’ll End in Tears LP, the group’s next album Filigree & Shadow would also feature an interpretation of Newman’s “Alone”, also from A-Z. This track was also used in Johnathan Demme’s 1991 film “Silence Of The Lambs”.
Newman’s second LP, the entirely instrumental Provisionally Entitled The Singing Fish (where all the tracks were titled for numbered fish), was released on the 4AD Records label in 1981. A third LP, Not To, which along with original compositions reworked a number of tracks originally written for Wire , was released in 1982 on 4AD.
Wire reformed in 1984. In 1986 another solo LP, Commercial Suicide was released on the Crammed Discs label. A massive change in style for Newman, the album is reflective and highly orchestrated. His next LP, It Seems, followed a similar path, albeit with far more use of sequencers — something Newman would continue to work with for a number of years. Both Crammed albums featured Malka Spigel who has been included in all subsequent solo & collaborative work.

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  • Sefyrot

    My love.

    7 May 10:17am Reply
  • cauda_vulpecula

    Колян Наумов.<з

    26 Mar 5:04pm Reply
  • limonad_limonad

    Сольники очень понравились.

    7 Nov 2013 Reply
  • SuperMelonMan

    such an amazing songwriter

    2 Nov 2013 Reply
  • TheCitizens

    The Singing Fish stuff is hypnotizing.

    16 Dec 2012 Reply
  • trashcity_

    It might be his best but like Mr. Mocha said, Commerical Suicide and It Seems are worth checking out too.

    19 Jul 2012 Reply
  • prominence_la

    So...was A-Z Newman's only stellar solo album?

    19 Jul 2012 Reply
  • sainbrol

    …after listening to the dull "Bastard", "A-Z" is pure joy.

    27 Jun 2012 Reply
  • bravodiegobra

    Newmanism! [3]

    28 Apr 2012 Reply
  • mrmocha

    I like the profile picture, Professor Newman. I agree with you shootmeadeer. Commercial Suicide and It Seems shouldn't be written off either.

    29 Mar 2012 Reply
  • blue_bell_knoll

    автор описание нуждается в том, чтобы ему как следует присунули

    10 Mar 2012 Reply
  • Junker_of_life

    лучше бы ничего в описании не писали, ололош

    22 Feb 2012 Reply
  • Anatake

    Описание явно какая-то тупая баба писала.

    23 Jan 2012 Reply
  • Detective_Kane

    крутое описание

    19 Jan 2012 Reply
  • ferminchoar

    Order for Order!!!!!!

    3 Nov 2011 Reply
  • trashcity_

    a damn shame that a lot of his albums are now out of print

    5 Aug 2011 Reply
  • cherrycherry_

    A-Z is a masterpiece! [2]

    8 Jun 2011 Reply
  • mydesperateicon

    A-Z is a masterpiece!

    7 Jun 2011 Reply
  • spacemangraig

    i'm addicted to A-Z. briliant. looking for singing fish now, please pm me if you know where to find them.

    28 May 2011 Reply
  • fastlane01

    Agree, but couldn't help thinking when I saw him last night playing with Wire (very good concert btw) that he looks like middle aged English teacher nowadays. Graham Lewis has somehow managed to keep a more rock 'n roll look. What what its worth. Their music is much more important!

    15 Feb 2011 Reply
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