Wire

Formed October 1976.

UK rock band

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Wire catch up with Marc Riley

Influential punk rockers Wire catch up with Marc Riley.

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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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BBC Reviews

  1. Review of The Black Session: Paris, 10 May 2011

    The Black Session: Paris, 10 May 2011 2012

    Reviewed by Alex Deller
    A neat manifesto update for those who’ve not been paying full attention.
  2. Review of Red Barked Tree

    Red Barked Tree 2011

    Reviewed by Garry Mulholland
    They play alternative guitar music better than any young British band you can name.
  3. Review of Object 47

    Object 47 2008

    Reviewed by Nick Reynolds
    ...driven along by sparse, toe tapping, head shaking, bouncy, slinky grooves.
  4. Review of Live At The Roxy/Live At CBGB Theatre

    Live At The Roxy/Live At CBGB Theatre 2006

    Reviewed by Nick Reynolds
    ...Even at their worst, Wire still sound thrillingly modern.
  5. Review of Pink Flag/Chairs Missing/154

    Pink Flag/Chairs Missing/154 2006

    Reviewed by Sid Smith
    Bold and direct, they don't make them like this anymore.
  6. Review of Send

    Send 2003

    Reviewed by Nick Reynolds
    Detractors have claimed that Wire are deaf old men making an unsubtle racket. This...
  7. Review of Read & Burn 01

    Read & Burn 01

    Reviewed by Nick Reynolds
    'Is this the Sex Pistols?' said my brother in law. I had to shut the door so he...
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