Monday, May 7, 2007
Wire - Not About To Die
This is a collection of early demos from U.K. punk pioneers, Wire. I haven't been able to dig up a lot of info on this record. Apparently, it's a vinyl only release that never saw the light of day in the U.S. which is a shame because it is an interesting listen for fans of Wire's early work. These tracks are extremely rough, but the excellent songs shine through the shitty production. Since I don't know a whole lot about the record itself, I'm just going to tell you how great of a band Wire is. Actually, Wire isn't just a great band, they're a fucking important band. Their first three records (Pink Flag, Chairs Missing, and 154) are absolutely essential listening. Even though Wire emerged from the British punk scene, they never allowed themselves to fit easily into the punk categorization. Instead, Wire was a thinking man's punk band, ignoring the stupid fashion trends of the time and basic three chord verse-chorus-verse song structures in favor of hypnotic rhythms and unorthodox songwriting. My favorite thing about Wire is their ability to constantly reinvent themselves, and never make a record just for the sake of making a record. They've also managed to keep their music relevant after all these years, and not just become a parody of themselves. In 2003 when most of the band was pushing the ripe old age of 60, Wire released the LP Send, which stands beside their first three records as some of the band's finest work.