Sunday, June 23, 2013

Wire: "We Don't Play Requests" on Rockpalast (1979)

At least once or twice a year for the last three decades, I have listened to Pink Flag and am reminded of Wire's singular genius. They were, in some ways, the punk band's punk band. They had an inscrutable stage presence, sometimes withdrawn, other times seemingly anguished. Colin Newman could deliver an obtuse line with anxious force. It's all on display in the full, televised Rockpalast concert available (for now) in the clip below. I don't think "genius" overstates my case.



To my joyous surprise, Wire's recent output has much good stuff in it, especially 2008's Object 47, which I anticipated disliking because of the absence of original guitarist Bruce Gilbert. Below is the official video for the opening song, "One Of Us." They've long since embraced injecting standard choruses into their songs, and to memorable effect, as heard here with "One of us will live to rue the day we met each other."

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