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Posts tagged "wire"
Feb 21, 2013
Wire’s rules of negative self-definition
From Wilson Neate’s 33 1/3 book, on Wire’s Pink Flag:
Wire’s aesthetic was built on subtraction, a consistent withdrawal of superfluous elements. “The reduction of ideas, the reduction of things down to the minimal framework—it just seemed completely natural,” explains Colin Newman. “By closing down possibilities, you very often open up possibilities. You have infinite possibilities of simplicity and subtlety within a frame.” Natural minimalists, Wire pursued a negative sensibility, defining themselves in terms of what they were not…
“The only things we could agree on were the things we didn’t like,” observes Bruce Gilbert. “That’s what held it together and made life much simpler.” Recalling some unofficial Wire rules, Graham Lewis summarizes this negative self-definition: “No solos; no decoration; when the words run out, it stops; we don’t chorus out; no rocking out; keep it to the point; no Americanisms.”
Jun 03, 2012
Wire, “Dot Dash”
My buddy played this the other day and I thought it was off Pink Flag, but it was actually a single, which can make it somewhat hard to find…I think some copies of Pink Flag have it tacked on the end?