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Background informationWire (band)_header_cell_0_1_0
Also known asWire (band)_header_cell_0_2_0 WirWire (band)_cell_0_2_1
OriginWire (band)_header_cell_0_3_0 London, EnglandWire (band)_cell_0_3_1
GenresWire (band)_header_cell_0_4_0 Wire (band)_cell_0_4_1
Years activeWire (band)_header_cell_0_5_0 1976–1980, 1985–1992, 1999–presentWire (band)_cell_0_5_1
LabelsWire (band)_header_cell_0_6_0 Wire (band)_cell_0_6_1
Associated actsWire (band)_header_cell_0_7_0 DomeWire (band)_cell_0_7_1
WebsiteWire (band)_header_cell_0_8_0 Wire (band)_cell_0_8_1
MembersWire (band)_header_cell_0_10_0 Colin Newman

Graham Lewis Robert Grey Matthew SimmsWire (band)_cell_0_10_1

Past membersWire (band)_header_cell_0_12_0 Bruce Gilbert

Margaret Fiedler McGinnisWire (band)_cell_0_12_1

Wire are an English rock band, formed in London in October 1976 by Colin Newman (vocals, guitar), Graham Lewis (bass, vocals), Bruce Gilbert (guitar) and Robert Grey (drums). Wire (band)_sentence_0

They were originally associated with the punk rock scene, appearing on The Roxy London WC2 album, and were later central to the development of post-punk, while their debut album Pink Flag was influential for hardcore punk. Wire (band)_sentence_1

Wire are considered a definitive art punk and post-punk band, due to their richly detailed and atmospheric sound and obscure lyrical themes. Wire (band)_sentence_2

They steadily developed from an early noise rock style to a more complex, structured sound involving increased use of guitar effects and synthesizers (1978's Chairs Missing and 1979's 154). Wire (band)_sentence_3

The band gained a reputation for experimenting with song arrangements throughout its career. Wire (band)_sentence_4

History Wire (band)_section_0

Wire's debut album Pink Flag (1977) – "perhaps the most original debut album to come out of the first wave of British punk", according to AllMusic – contains songs that are diverse in mood and style, but most use a minimalist punk approach combined with unorthodox structures. Wire (band)_sentence_5

"Field Day for the Sundays", for example, is only 28 seconds long. Wire (band)_sentence_6

Their second album, Chairs Missing (1978) marked a retreat from the stark minimalism of Pink Flag, with longer, more atmospheric songs and synthesizer parts added by producer Mike Thorne. Wire (band)_sentence_7

"Outdoor Miner" was a minor hit, peaking at number 51 in the UK singles chart. Wire (band)_sentence_8

The experimentation was even more prominent on 154 (1979). Wire (band)_sentence_9

Creative differences split the band in 1979, leading to the Document and Eyewitness LP (1981), a recording of a live performance that featured, almost exclusively, new material, which was described as "disjointed", "unrecognizable as rock music" and "almost unlistenable". Wire (band)_sentence_10

The LP came packaged with an EP of a different performance of more new material. Wire (band)_sentence_11

Some of these songs, along with others performed but not included on the album, were included on Newman's post-Wire solo albums (5/10, We Meet Under Tables), while others were released by Gilbert's and Lewis' primary post-Wire outlet Dome (And Then..., Ritual View). Wire (band)_sentence_12

Between 1981 and 1985, Wire ceased recording and performing in favour of solo and collaborative projects such as Dome, Cupol, Duet Emmo and several Colin Newman solo efforts. Wire (band)_sentence_13

In 1985, the group re-formed as a "beat combo" (a joking reference to early 1960s beat music), with greater use of electronic musical instruments. Wire (band)_sentence_14

Wire announced that they would perform none of their older material, hiring The Ex-Lion Tamers (a Wire cover band named after a song title from Pink Flag) as their opening act. Wire (band)_sentence_15

The Ex-Lion Tamers played Wire's older songs, and Wire played their new material. Wire (band)_sentence_16

In June of 1988, Wire were part of a lineup that included Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark and Thomas Dolby supporting Depeche Mode at the Pasadena Rose Bowl where they played to over 60,000 people. Wire (band)_sentence_17

In 1989, Wire released IBTABA, a "live" album of mostly reworked versions of songs from The Ideal Copy and A Bell Is a Cup, heavily rearranged, edited, and remixed. Wire (band)_sentence_18

A new song from the album, "Eardrum Buzz", was released as a single and peaked at number 68 in the UK singles chart. Wire (band)_sentence_19

Gotobed left the band in 1990, after the release of the album Manscape. Wire (band)_sentence_20

After his departure, the band dropped one letter from its name, becoming "Wir" (still pronounced "wire"), and released The First Letter in 1991. Wire (band)_sentence_21

There followed a further period of solo recordings, during which Newman founded the swim ~ label, and later Githead with his wife (ex-Minimal Compact bassist Malka Spigel), while Wire remained an occasional collaboration. Wire (band)_sentence_22

It was not until 1999 that Wire again became a full-time entity. Wire (band)_sentence_23

With Gotobed back in the line-up (now using his birth name, Robert Grey), the group initially reworked much of their back catalogue for a performance at Royal Festival Hall in 2000. Wire (band)_sentence_24

Wire's reception during a short tour in early May of the US, and a number of UK gigs, convinced the band to continue. Wire (band)_sentence_25

Two EPs and an album, Send (2003), followed, as well as collaborations with stage designer Es Devlin and artists Jake and Dinos Chapman. Wire (band)_sentence_26

In 2006, Wire's 1970s albums were remastered and re-released with the original vinyl track listings. Wire (band)_sentence_27

A third Read & Burn EP was released in November 2007. Wire (band)_sentence_28

A full-length album of new material entitled Object 47 was released in July 2008. Wire (band)_sentence_29

Bruce Gilbert was not involved in this recording, although, according to Newman, he did feature in a minimal capacity on the third Read and Burn EP. Wire (band)_sentence_30

In January 2011, Wire released Red Barked Tree, which according to the band's press release "rekindles a lyricism sometimes absent from Wire's previous work and reconnects with the live energy of performance, harnessed and channelled from extensive touring over the past few years". Wire (band)_sentence_31

The album was written and recorded by Newman, Lewis and Grey, but speaking to Marc Riley on the day of the release, Newman introduced as "a new boy" guitarist Matt Simms (from It Hugs Back), who had been a touring member with the band since April 2010. Wire (band)_sentence_32

In March 2013 the band released Change Becomes Us, their 13th studio album, which was very well received. Wire (band)_sentence_33

Their fourteenth album, eponymously titled Wire, was released in April 2015. Wire (band)_sentence_34

The following year, in April 2016, the band's 15th studio album, entitled Nocturnal Koreans, was released on their label Pinkflag. Wire (band)_sentence_35

It consisted of eight songs recorded during the sessions for their previous album, but were cut from the track listing. Wire (band)_sentence_36

Stereogum named Nocturnal Koreans the Album of the Week. Wire (band)_sentence_37

Reviews for the album were mostly positive.. Wire (band)_sentence_38

In 2017 Wire celebrated 40 years since their debut gig on 1 April 1977 by releasing their 16th studio album Silver/Lead and headlining the Los Angeles edition of their DRILL : FESTIVAL. Wire (band)_sentence_39

In late October 2019, the band announced that they would be releasing an album entitled Mind Hive on 24 January 2020. Wire (band)_sentence_40

It will be released on their own Pinkflag label. Wire (band)_sentence_41

The band appeared on the front cover of Wire magazine (issue 432) published in January 2020; it featured an interview with the band about the new album and discussed the enduring nature of the group. Wire (band)_sentence_42

In March 2020, the band announced an eight song album entitled 10:20 that would be released on Record Store Day. Wire (band)_sentence_43

The album consists of tracks recorded for Red Barked Tree and Mind Hive but remained unreleased. Wire (band)_sentence_44

Influence Wire (band)_section_1

Wire's influence has outshone their comparatively modest record sales. Wire (band)_sentence_45

In the 1980s and 1990s, Big Black, Minutemen, and Sonic Youth all expressed a fondness for the group. Wire (band)_sentence_46

Minutemen bassist Mike Watt described their influence as key saying of Pink Flag "I don’t know what we would have sounded like if we didn’t hear it." Wire (band)_sentence_47

Wire were influential on American hardcore punk. Wire (band)_sentence_48

Fans included Ian MacKaye of Minor Threat and Henry Rollins, formerly of Black Flag. Wire (band)_sentence_49

Minor Threat covered "12XU" for the Flex Your Head compilation, as did Boss Hog on their I Dig You EP. Wire (band)_sentence_50

Rollins, as Henrietta Collins & The Wife-Beating Childhaters, covered "Ex Lion Tamer" on the EP Drive by Shooting. Wire (band)_sentence_51

Michael Azerrad reported, in the book Our Band Could Be Your Life, that at Minor Threat's second gig, each of the seven bands on the roster performed a version of a Wire song. Wire (band)_sentence_52

Big Black covered Wire's "Heartbeat" twice, once as a studio version that was released as a single (also included on The Rich Man's Eight Track Tape compilation) and also as a live version, featuring Bruce Gilbert and Graham Lewis, included on the VHS version of the live album Pigpile. Wire (band)_sentence_53

R.E.M. Wire (band)_sentence_54

covered "Strange" on their album Document. Wire (band)_sentence_55

Robert Smith has described how, after seeing the group live, Wire influenced The Cure's sound after their first album. Wire (band)_sentence_56

The shoegaze band Lush covered "Outdoor Miner" in the 90s. Wire (band)_sentence_57

A plagiarism case between Wire's music publisher and Elastica over the similarity between Wire's 1977 song "Three Girl Rhumba" and Elastica's 1995 hit "Connection" resulted in an out-of-court settlement. Wire (band)_sentence_58

Guided By Voices' Robert Pollard is a self-proclaimed fan of Wire, stating that the existence of a large number of songs on GBV's albums is a direct Wire influence. Wire (band)_sentence_59

One of My Bloody Valentine's last releases prior to reconvening in 2007 was a cover of "Map Ref 41°N 93°W" for a Wire tribute entitled Whore. Wire (band)_sentence_60

The song was selected as a favourite cover by Flak Magazine. Wire (band)_sentence_61

Fischerspooner (who covered "The 15th" on their album #1), Britpop bands like Elastica and Menswe@r and post-punk revival bands like Bloc Party, Futureheads, Blacklist and Franz Ferdinand have cited Wire as an influence. Wire (band)_sentence_62

The Smiths' Johnny Marr has confirmed that he is a fan of the band and has acknowledged that seeing Wire live helped give him the confidence to release his first solo album in 2013. Wire (band)_sentence_63

The British electronic band Ladytron included Wire's "The 15th" on the mix compilation Softcore Jukebox. Wire (band)_sentence_64

Ladytron member Reuben Wu claimed Wire as a musical influence. Wire (band)_sentence_65

The Feelies, since their 2008 reunion, have covered the "Outdoor Miner". Wire (band)_sentence_66

The slowcore band Low included an early, previously unreleased cover of "Heartbeat" on their career-spanning box set in 2007. Wire (band)_sentence_67

Ampere recorded a cover of "Mr. Suit" for their 2006 split with Das Oath. Wire (band)_sentence_68

New Bomb Turks also recorded a cover of "Mr. Suit" on the 1993 album !!Destroy-Oh-Boy!!. Wire (band)_sentence_69

The chorus of Ministry's "Thieves" was influenced by "Mr. Suit" as well. Wire (band)_sentence_70

Helmet guitarist Page Hamilton cites Wire as one of his "top five bands" and as an influence on his music. Wire (band)_sentence_71

Discography Wire (band)_section_2

Main article: Wire discography Wire (band)_sentence_72

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Band members Wire (band)_section_3

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  • Robert Grey – drums (1976–1980, 1985–1990, 1999–present)Wire (band)_item_2_18
  • Graham Lewis – bass guitar, vocals (1976–1980, 1985–1992, 1999–present)Wire (band)_item_2_19
  • Colin Newman – vocals, guitar (1976–1980, 1985–1992, 1999–present)Wire (band)_item_2_20
  • Matthew Simms – guitar (2010–present)Wire (band)_item_2_21

Former members Wire (band)_sentence_73

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Timeline Wire (band)_sentence_74


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