The centerpiece of Wire mk. 2′s career was the “monophonic monorhythmic repetition” of “Drill”; they ended most of their shows with it, and they were obsessed enough with the song’s possibilities that they recorded an entire album’s worth of variations on it between 1989 and 1991. Some have new lyrics, some have altered riffs, some have Graham Lewis singing instead of Colin Newman. The opener here, “In Every City?,” highlights the affinities between “Drill” and Pink Flag‘s “12XU.” There’s not a lot here to recommend to anyone who’s not already a Wire fanatic, though, aside from a 12-minute live version of the original song — labeled as “(A Chicago) Drill” — which is ferocious and almost impossibly fast.
By Douglas Wolk on 07.14.11 in Icons
One way of describing Wire is to say that they've effectively been three different bands with (mostly) the same lineup: the blazing art-punk mutants of their 1976-80 incarnation, the monomaniacal electro-brainiacs of the...
By Garry Mullholland on 09.09.14 in Features
The U.K. post-punks on the self-sabotage of their bizarre live album 'Document & Eyewitness.'
By Robert Ham on 08.18.14 in Reviews
It feels like the reissue of Wire's Document & Eyewitness 1979-1980 should have happened sooner. The 1981 live recording has been out of print for more than 20 years now, and many of the songs on it were used as the basi...
By Andrew Parks on 07.01.14 in News
In today's In Case You Missed It department, The Village Voice has dug up an old Dangerous Minds post about a St. Louis zine that featured Chuck Berry reviewing classic punk records and "so-called new stuff" like Wire an...