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Editors’ Notes

After being hailed as post-punk icons for 30 years and producing some of the most highly regarded, influential records of all time, three of the original four are still making music together as diverse, powerful, and unique as they did back in the day (guitarist Bruce Gilbert has moved on to more experimental efforts). “Circumspect” and “Patient Flees” are hazy and atmospheric, Colin Newman’s voice conveying a wary world view, while “Are You Ready?” juxtaposes clackety dance beats against an inquisitive line of questioning: “Are you searching for something/You don't understand?/ Do you still hold ambitions/Of being a man?”  The buzzing sturm und drang of “All Fours” and “Perspex Icon” are built with original, vintage Wire edge, but “Four Long Years” is tempered with the softened tones of ‘80s Wire. The strongest track is the opener, “One of Us,” a distant cousin to “Outdoor Miner” with its bouncy bass line, clamorous guitars and seemingly innocuous look at a long relationship that turns acidic with the chorus: “One of us will live to rue the day we met each other!”  It’s criminal how overlooked this band is, but we’re grateful everyday for their continued existence.

Customer Reviews


How do these guys make music that gets cooler and cooler and how aren't they any bigger? Awesome songs from an awesome band.

genius band

genius CD. how many jonus brothers CD's will you people buy before you wake up to the real music out there?

Timeless Punk

They're getting older, but the music keeps getting better, especially since they've returned to something closer to their original hard-edged sound. Since their launch in the 1970s on Pink Floyd's Harvest label Wire (and various solo projects) have continued to amaze with their unique blend of punk, art, metaphysics, and intelligence. Their first album "Pink Flag" helped set the pattern for the "louder, faster, shorter" ideal of early punk rock,packed with 21 songs at a time when the time-limits of vinyl made it a revolutionary act. "Object 47" is another powerful release by one of the more unique punk-era bands of the 1970s, a great addition for Wire collectors, and a great introduction for people who'd like a taste of timelessness... .


Formed: 1976 in London, England

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Wire emerged out of the British punk explosion but, from the outset, maintained a distance from that scene and resisted easy categorization. While punk rapidly became a caricature of itself, Wire's musical identity -- focused on experimentation and process -- was constantly metamorphosing. Their first three albums alone attest to a startling evolution as the band repeatedly reinvented itself between 1977 and 1979. That capacity for self-reinvention, coupled with a willingness to stop recording indefinitely...
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