chris boring (doktor242) wrote,
chris boring

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oh what a pearl...

I think that '154' by Wire is possibly the best record of the 1970s. (It narrowly edges out Joy Division's 'Unknown Pleasures' in my book. Your results may vary of course.)

It's a shame it didn't get much promotion, as it was really quite excellent. Wire was alredy known for being obtuse and strange, and they certainly obliged on that front with tracks like 'The Other Window' and 'Let's Panic Later,' but there were some absolute perfect pop songs on there as well, like 'The 15th' (recently covered by Fischerspooner,) the absolutely gorgeous 'Blessed State,' and the soaring 'Map Ref. 41º North 93º West' which presaged groups like My Bloody Valentine and Lush by nearly a decade. Hard to believe this was the same group who brought you the blistering speed punk of 'Pink Flag' a scant two years earlier.

The reason I bring this up is that I can't fucking find my copy of this cd, which I've owned for about 13 years. Fuck! I went onto SoulSeek and re-obtained it, but I have to admit, the packaging on the Wire cds is nice enough to want to keep intact.

Anyway, if you've ever been curious about Wire, this is an excellent jumping-on point.
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