One of the few bands who still earn critical respect and manage to release new and interesting content 37 years after forming, did you hear that Rolling Stones? I am listening to this tonight in a place of paralysis and fear, the final ever episode of Breaking Bad is on the horizon and I will effectively have nothing to talk about once it is over. I did get a laugh today though, one of my friends texted me and called it Baking Bad (I love auto-correct) I responded, asking if it were about a group of people cooking a 98% pure meat pie.
I might just be me, but when I heard this at the time I never considered it groundbreaking or ahead of the time, it was just a good New Wave album. But listening to it now in 2013, it sounds incredible, did many bands sound like this in 1979?
Hidden gem; The 15th, showing that they can make pop music too.
Standout track; Map Ref. 41°N 93°W
Micro Review: I have measured out my life with Wire singles, it is an addiction with no known cure.
I am never going to get through my collection at this rate, especially if I keep listening to all these new fangled bands, first One Direction, now Wire. But joking aside, I love the fact that Wire are still making interesting and worthwhile albums, although they are criminally overlooked.
It is an odd album, in a good way, it sounds both classic and contemporary, I suppose that is because of their influence and the fact that some of these tracks are re-works of older ideas.
I always measure music fans against a wire-ometer, generally if people like Wire, they are very serious music geeks. To not like them, is of course OK, other bands are also available.
Hidden gem; Keep Exhaling, but it needs to be about 3 minutes longer.
Stand-out; Time Lock Fog, wonderful classic Wire, beautiful.
An aside; It is about time the BBC took a look at Wire, they need a BBC4 do-over.
An aside 2; The most inappropriate merchandise I have ever seen was a Chairs Missing tea towel (actually, I may have just dreamt that).