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Editors’ Notes

The definitive post-punk record that would come to epitomize a genre, Pink Flag snuck onto the scene when the Sex Pistols and the Clash were playing to their safety-pinned, Mohawk’d crowds. Three of the four members of Wire came from an art-school background, enabling them to take the basic punk esthetic (simplicity and brashness) and mold it into a completely different and more sophisticated form. Enhancing that punk core with white space, meticulously controlled repetition, and pop hooks camouflaged under an abrasive sheen, the songs on Pink Flag threaten to burst apart: sometimes short and explosive, other times rumbling with a slow fuse, they impact the listener with visceral force. Wire’s debut has more than withstood the test of time, especially with tunes like “Three Girl Rhumba,” “Ex-Lion Tamer” and “1 2 X U” becoming two-and three-chord cult wonders, covered by blossoming punkers everywhere. Pink Flag is an astounding document of musical evolution that imparts utter timelessness in its perfection.

Customer Reviews

Greatest Punk Record Ever

Short powerful yet creative songs, intelligent and provocative lyrics. Not sure why the iTunes editor refers to this as “post punk” when it is directly from the heart of the storm, old-school-Punk, and one of the significant influential bands from the eye-of-the-storm in the 1970s.

Best ever

I agree with rpphoto (was that it?) 100%... Best punk record ever and always can be listened to....

I agree with rpphoto also

This is one of the most influential and essential albums for any musician passionate about understand the true roots of punk which was on the bleeding edge of the movement.


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 and decades after, 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...
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