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Wire is a band formed in 1976 in Watford, England and after splitting in 1980, have reformed three times. They consist of Colin Newman (vocals, guitar), Graham Lewis (vocals, bass) and Robert Gotobed (drums). Founding guitarist Bruce Gilbert left in 2004. In 2008, Margaret Fielder McGinnis of Laika joined the band as their touring guitarist, but as of 2010 has been replaced by Matt Simms.

Wire’s debut album, Pink Flag (1977), contains songs which are diverse in mood and style, but most use a minimalist punk approach, unorthodox structures, and several songs are under a minute in length; “Field Day For The Sundays” is only 28 seconds long.

Chairs Missing followed in 1978, and found Wire stepping back from the stark minimalism of Pink Flag, with longer, more atmospheric songs and synthesizer parts added by producer Mike Thorne. The experimentation was even more prominent on 154 (1979). Many of the songs had bassist Graham Lewis on lead vocals.

In 1979, creative differences pulled the band in different directions, leading to the Document and Eyewitness LP (1981), a recording of a performance that featured, almost exclusively, new material. The LP came packaged with an EP of a different performance of more new material. Some of these songs, along with others performed but not included on the album, were included on Colin Newman’s post-Wire solo albums (“5/10”, “We Meet Under Tables”), while others were released by Gilbert and Lewis’ primary post-Wire outlet Dome (“And Then…”, “Ritual View”). The band disbanded for the first time in 1980


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  • TheBlackRaven87

    154 is one of my most favourite albums of all time. Chairs Missing is behind, but still very very good. The Drill is another album I have of them, and it's strangely addictive. Don't know why but I love to listen to it while playing stuff like Sonic 3 or games via amiga emulator. underrated album for me. Tried to get into A Bell Is A Cup, but I find it horribly boring...

    8 Dec 8:53pm Reply
  • GhostHaunted

    Отличная музыка.

    5 Dec 12:56pm Reply
  • Massive_Anus

    the varety on 154 is unbeatable.

    26 Nov 8:54pm Reply
  • Vendum

    это кач

    17 Nov 12:26pm Reply
  • GriendClub

    HaHaHaYoureDead, чем же это?

    25 Oct 8:37am Reply
  • dallinkapp

    20 Oct 5:05am Reply
  • AngryGermanKid

    Alfredo_Poo, you're wrong. Early Wire and almost the whole Pink Flag is pure punk.

    17 Oct 11:28pm Reply
  • AndAgainAnd

    Oh yeah, Document and Eyewitness!

    21 Aug 11:13am Reply
  • Alfredo_Poo

    Wire never was a punk band, post punk maybe.

    6 Aug 1:53am Reply
  • ddddbbbb

    A Bell is a Cup until it is Struck is an underrated album, great stuff

    1 Aug 5:56pm Reply
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    4 Jul 12:26am Reply
  • ffg

    I wouldn't hold my breath for Wire doing the Pink Flag start-to-finish thing. Colin Newman: " I’m well aware of what is commercially right for Wire, and it’s commercially wrong for Wire to go down a path of, y’know, a revival thing. We could have one year of playing lots of big festivals and making a lot of money and then it’s finished. In ten years time that one year would so heavily outweigh what we did in the meantime as would be commercial suicide, actually. To be honest I don’t think most groups have that much vision, so they just go where the obvious money is." -- from

    25 Jun 10:12pm Reply
  • S1D1991

    Greetings from Ukraine)

    7 Jun 4:34pm Reply
  • trashcity_

    Does anyone have the interview where John Lennon mentioned liking 154?

    10 Apr 6:06am Reply
  • veinity

    When I saw them last summer they only played the title track

    21 Mar 2:57am Reply
  • helvettt

    Imagine them touring and playing the entire Pink Flag. Looks like something that only could take place at All Tomorrow's Parties.

    13 Mar 4:16am Reply
  • LittleGib

    @Synthetic: I'd suggest picking up Wire On The Box: 1979; most of their best material and amazing passionate performance! I really need to get this myself! Haven't heard many of the recent ones. The Scottish Play has a good tracklist if like me you love Send...

    1 Mar 5:31pm Reply
  • Synthetic

    Have been listening to a lot of WIRE recently (after a long absence). Can anyone recommend some good live material? I know there's a few live albums around.. am wondering what would be best to pick up..

    28 Feb 9:25pm Reply
  • HaHaHaYoureDead

    одна из самых значимых экспериментальных групп пост-панка

    20 Feb 12:39pm Reply
  • Storchel

    how did i make it this far without hearing WIRE? [2]

    5 Feb 4:44pm Reply
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