Chairs Missing

Release date
27 Mar 2006
Running length
15 tracks
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    Track     Duration Listeners
1 Practice Makes Perfect (2006 Digital Remaster) 4:11 1,109
2 French Film Blurred (2006 Digital Remaster) 2:35 977
3 Another The Letter (2006 Digital Remaster) 1:07 916
4 Men 2nd (2006 Digital Remaster) 1:44 899
5 Marooned (2006 Digital Remaster) 2:21 874
6 Sand In My Joints (2006 Digital Remaster) 1:50 870
7 Being Sucked In Again (2006 Digital Remaster) 3:14 808
8 Heartbeat (2006 Digital Remaster) 3:18 857
9 Mercy (2006 Digital Remaster) 5:46 772
10 Outdoor Miner (2006 Digital Remaster) 1:44 674
11 I Am The Fly (2006 Digital Remaster) 3:09 981
12 I Feel Mysterious Today (2006 Digital Remaster) 1:58 613
13 From The Nursery (2006 Digital Remaster) 2:59 685
14 Used To (2006 Digital Remaster) 2:23 532
15 Too Late (2006 Digital Remaster) 4:14 523

About this album

Chairs Missing is the second album by the band Wire. It was released in .

Although it shares a -derived “outsider” voice with the band’s debut, Pink Flag, it features more developed song structure (taking some cues from 70’s , and ) and a broader palette of emotional and intellectual subject matter. The album was produced by Mike Thorne, who added keyboard and synthesizer elements (compare the versions of Outdoor Miner; with and without the piano accompaniment), which were later expanded upon by the band members on their later releases. These contributions add to the album’s identification as the release in which the band largely transcended and abandoned the punk genre. The pop sensibilities that would come to the fore in their later incarnation of are evident in songs such as “Outdoor Miner” and I Am The Fly.

EMI appreciated the more melodic sound of “Outdoor Miner” so much that they asked the band to create an expanded version of the song for release as a single (which was rather strange, considering the fact that single releases are normally shortened versions of album tracks).

The title is a British slang term for a mildly disturbed person, “as in ‘that guy has a few chairs missing in his front room.’”

Extra tracks have been removed from the remastered reissues, because they, according to the band, didn’t honor the “conceptual clarity of the original statements”.

Professional Reviews
★★★★★ - AllMusic
10.0/10 - Pitchfork

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  • gyrobius

    But I only listened to it once, so it'll probably grow on me.

    31 Oct 2013 Reply
  • gyrobius

    It's a good album that shows their pop sensibilities, but it's missing the energy that I enjoyed on Pink Flag, and the keyboard and synthesizer parts sound dated.

    31 Oct 2013 Reply
  • mightymightyp

    the best of the first three albums.

    12 Oct 2013 Reply
  • dI-__-Ib

    5 Aug 2012 Reply
  • Zelda7

    My least favourite of the first three albums, but still pretty great.

    25 May 2012 Reply
  • Corn_Syrup

    The great post-punk album.

    10 Nov 2011 Reply
  • AlCapwnUK

    So good; but from "Heartbeat" on it's flawless

    30 Oct 2011 Reply
  • since93

    last song feels like could fit on Pink Flag.

    6 Aug 2011 Reply
  • oldwallpaper


    31 Jul 2011 Reply
  • mydesperateicon

    fave Wire album ♥

    13 Jun 2011 Reply
  • a1rhendr1x

    Just listened to this last night from beginning to end... twice. I had to keep reminding myself this was recorded in 1978. More than 30 years on, there is still nothing on this album that would date it to the late 70s, 90s or even 00s. Not to my ears. Absolutely incredible.

    20 Jan 2011 Reply
  • Fury112


    11 Dec 2010 Reply
  • Ragasmurf

    Better than almost anything else!

    23 Jun 2010 Reply
  • snakekiller23

    Less coherent as a statement and darker than Pink Flag, but the they are showing their more inventive and atmospheric side, making this actually a prototype for indie and post-rock at some points. Still, I prefer the debut.

    6 Feb 2010 Reply
  • palexbluexeyes

    Funny and depressive.

    11 Nov 2009 Reply
  • shakermaker1984

    ha,my favourite punk album!

    3 Aug 2008 Reply
  • wire154

    Another the Letter is another one of those crazy/short wire songs. Nonetheless, this whole album is great.

    10 Mar 2008 Reply
  • Slobbers


    11 Feb 2008 Reply
  • AC128

    Beautiful album. Hard to forget.

    30 Apr 2007 Reply
  • buttgammon

    Even better than Pink Flag! Better than sex, in fact, better than anything else!

    24 Nov 2006 Reply
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