Category: Wire

Wire – Pink Flag

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TITLE:  Pink Flag

YEAR RELEASED: 1977

CHART ACTION: None

SINGLES: Mannequin

OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: Thee Girl Rhumna, Ex Lion Tamer, 12 XU and Strange were all covered by big name bands.

LINEUP: Bruce Gilbert, Robert Gotobed, Graham Lewis, Colin Newman

WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: Short, taut, tight dispatches from the arty side of punk that influenced about every alternative-type band that followed.

SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: It’s lumped in to punk rock’s UK first wave, mainly because of when it came out and that the songs were short and deceptively simple. But Pink Flag was much more than that.

The 21 song record was like nothing before it in the genre. Instead of hot passion, there’s cool detachment. Instead of joy in playing, there’s a cold art-school attitude. Everything sounds so precise and on point – nothing is out of place.

It breezes by you before you have a chance to take a breath and then you wonder what you heard and why you’re humming or singing certain songs. For anyone even remotely interested in the development of alternative music post-1977 UK punk, this is a starting point.

NOTES & MINUTIAE: Elastica got into big trouble because “Connection” basically stole the riff from “Three Girl Rhumba”

IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: Two early CD releases added a track or two

GRADE: A: It may be a touch long, and that means a couple tracks could be skipped. It’s just an amazing album.

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