Friday, February 12, 2010

Looking Back: Wire's Pink Flag

Originally posted on September 11, 2008

Wire released their first album Pink Flag (Harvest) in late 1977. It didn’t exactly sell briskly. Nonetheless it brought listeners a music beyond punk. Elemental progressions, slightly off kilter, and less obviously abrasive vocals combined with a variety of rhythmic textures and tempos distinguished the overall sound.

They proved rather influential but generally remained beneath the surface of the consciousness of the majority of scenesters. Today, they don’t sound so bad at all. A new album is in the works today. Here’s to longevity.

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