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A Rock / Post Punk / Avant-Garde / Art Punk / Experimental / SynthPunk / Punk band, formed out of London during October 1976.


They were formed by;-

  • Colin Newman (vocals, guitar)
  • Graham Lewis (bass, vocals)
  • Bruce Gilbert (guitar)
  • Robert Gotobed (drums)

Wire were originally associated with Punk scene, appearing on The Roxy London WC2 album – a key early document of that world, and later, they were cited as a major part of the development of Post Punk.

Inspired by the burgeoning UK Punk scene, Wire are often also cited as one of the more important Rock groups of the 1970s and 1980s. Critic Stewart Mason wrote, "Over their brilliant first three albums, Wire expanded the sonic boundaries of not just punk, but rock music in general".

Wire are also a definitive "Art Punk" and Post Punk ensemble, mostly due to their richly detailed and atmospheric sound, often obscure lyrical themes, and, to a lesser extent, their Situationist political stance.

The group exhibited a steady development from an early raucous Punk style (1977's Pink Flag) to a more complex, structured sound involving increased use of guitar effects and synthesizers (1978's Chairs Missing and 1979's 154).

They have also gained a reputation for experimenting with their song arrangements throughout their career.

Studio Albums List

  1. Pink Flag (1977)
  2. Chairs Missing (1978)
  3. 154 (1979)
  4. The Ideal Copy (1987)
  5. A Bell Is a Cup (1988)
  6. IBTABA (1989)
  7. Manscape (1990)
  8. The Drill (1991)
  9. The First Letter (1991)
  10. Send (2003)
  11. Object 47 (2008)
  12. Red Barked Tree (2010)
  13. Change Becomes Us (2013)
  14. Wire (2015)

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