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Colin Newman - A-Z/provisionally entitled the singing fish/ Not To album review

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Forget Chairs Missing – where did the melodies go on Colin Newman's reissued debut?

Wire’s development over the course of their first three albums (between 1977 and ’79) was stunning. Describing an upward trajectory from Pink Flag’s savant simplicity through the minimalist art-pop sophistication of Chairs Missing to the post-punk blueprint of 154, the quartet were originally misidentified as mere punks, then lauded as a dressed-down Roxy Music for the arch and impatient. Unsurprisingly then, upon their split in 1980, much was expected of their guitarist, vocalist and songwriting frontman, Colin Newman.

You’ll smirk to I’ve Waited Ages, but long for I Am The Fly.


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