Wire - 'Change Becomes Us'

Wire - 'Change Becomes Us'

Post-punk stalwarts Wire have revisited their own under-developed (and previously unreleased) songs from 35 years ago. Can you see the problems with this idea? It’s a curious approach for a band that’s usually relentlessly evolving, and some...

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

Wire - Red Barked Tree (Pink Flag)

Despite influencing everything from US hardcore to electroclash and Britpop magpie Damon Albarn since forming in 1976, Wire have bizarrely remained a cult concern. This ought to change with the release of their 12th record, 11 clever tracks of...

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Wire : Read & Burn

Wire : Read & Burn

In the late '70s, Wire were punks out of step with punk. Now, after sporadic reincarnations and experimental projects, we find the band regrouped once more, reprising their most influential blueprint and, happily, no less out of step. As...

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London Highbury Garage

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 Wire reunion continues to be a source of marvel and confusion. Like so much else about this austerely enigmatic...

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London South Bank Royal Festival Hall

London South Bank Royal Festival Hall

We came here tonight to praise Wire , not to bury them. While the reformation of other punk-era bands has only served to remind how quickly the spirit of '76 turned into classic rock, Colin Newman , Graham Lewis , Bruce Gilbert and Robert...

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On Returning (1977-1979)

On Returning (1977-1979)

What, no 'Map Ref. 41:N 93:W'? Still, it's easy to listen to Wire 's 'On Returning' - their 1989 compilation from their three EMI albums now on gleaming, modern CD - and hear nothing less than the ultimate pre-post and post punk band....

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