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Re: (TV) Re: wire
Mmm. I had a 'Best Of' Wire for ages and hated it, but then I suddenly got it
and started to play it all the time. I agree that 'Chairs Missing' is their
best album. And in fact, I think they were often very humourous, though in a
much darker way than Television. At least, I can't find any other explanation
for lyrics like 'Please dress in your best things, this course was unplanned /
Cos you see up in the bedroom I've got Sarah Bernard's hand'.
There was a phase a few years ago of new Brit guitar bands ripping Wire off
wholesale (Elastica and Menswear, among others). & apparently they're playing
live in London fairly soon. I've never liked the stuff they did since
> Scott wrote:
> Wire's "Pink Flag". Where the hell
> was I when this album came out? It passed me by completely. This album/band
> is completely innovative in terms of song structure, guitar attack, lyrical
> phrasing and content, everything. As arresting an album, in some ways , as
> "Marquee Moon". Anyone else agree?
> Funny i was gonna bring this up at some stage..i think Wire are perhaps the
> closest band in spirit to TV this side of the Atlantic-though never as
> proficient as Tom and co. and definitely lacking the warmth /
> humour / Zen heartbeat of Verlaine's lyricism they were nevertheless as
> adventurous in their
> approach to song structure and imaginative use of the guitar ..my fave is
> actually "Chairs missing".
> The band I used to be in even covered "Mannequin" for a while-great
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