Wire Biography

Wire are an English rock band, formed in London in October 1976 by Colin Newman (vocals, guitar), Graham Lewis (bass, vocals), Bruce Gilbert (guitar), and Robert Gotobed (drums). They were originally associated with the punk rock scene, appearing on The Roxy London WC2 album--a key early document of the scene--and were later central to the development of post-punk.

Inspired by the burgeoning UK punk scene, Wire are often cited as one of the more important rock groups of the 1970s and 1980s. Critic Stewart Mason wrote, "Over their brilliant first three albums, Wire expanded the sonic boundaries of not just punk, but rock music in general."

Wire are a definitive art punk and post-punk ensemble, mostly due to their richly detailed and atmospheric sound, often obscure lyrical themes, and, to a lesser extent, their Situationist political stance. The group exhibited a steady development from an early raucous punk style (1977's Pink Flag) to a more complex, structured sound involving increased use of guitar effects and synthesizers (1978's Chairs Missing and 1979's 154). The band gained a reputation for experimenting with song arrangements throughout its career.

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Wire to release new album 'Change Becomes Us'

The post-punk legends will also play London's Heaven on March 24

  • Jan 23, 2013

Wire announce plans for UK tour later this year – ticket details

The trio start a 15-date run this November

  • Aug 16, 2011

Wire announce April 2011 North American tour details

Group will begin the gig-run in Toronto, Ontario on April 1

  • Nov 23, 2010

Wire announce February 2011 UK and Ireland tour and ticket details

Group will begin the gig-run in Brighton on February 1

  • Nov 15, 2010

Wire to play first Oxford show in 25 years to help homeless

Audioscope event organisers also line up compilation album featuring Four Tet and Deerhoof

  • Oct 21, 2010

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Wire Music Videos

Bottom Line (Flako Remix) Play Video

Bottom Line (Flako Remix)

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Bottom Line

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If These Are the Last Days (Eliphino Remix) Play Video

If These Are the Last Days (Eliphino Remix)

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If These Are the Last Days

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Wire Reviews

Wire - 'Change Becomes Us'

Wire - 'Change Becomes Us'

Post-punk stalwarts Wire revisit old ideas with underwhelming results

  • Mar 25, 2013

Album Review: Wire - Red Barked Tree (Pink Flag)

The cult concern's 12th record is unrelenting, witty pop

  • Jan 17, 2011

Wire : Read & Burn

Original art-rock punks return...

  • Jul 25, 2002

London Highbury Garage

As if you needed reminding, these men are not your friends. Heroes only to the sort of people who won't admit to having heroes, the [a]Wire[/a] reunion continues to be a source of marvel and confusion

  • Jun 6, 2000

London South Bank Royal Festival Hall

Then they go again, smiling smugly. We came to praise [a]Wire[/a]. The wankers went and buried themselves.

  • Mar 8, 2000

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