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Pink Flag - Wire

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Genre: Indie Rock & Punk - New Wave & Post-punk / Artist: Wire / Import / Audio CD released 1993-07-01 at Restless

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      20.10.2008 11:53
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      Pink Flag was the debut album by unique punk band Wire. Whilst Wire were around at the same time as The Sex Pistols, The Clash, The Damned, The Stranglers and so on and were mainstays of the punk movement, there music is considerably different. The style is ahead of it's time and would be more at place in the early 80s during the new wave and post punk years.

      For anyone who listens to Slicethepie, it should be obvious that any number of Alternative bands on there would like to be Wire but fail to get the compactness of quality in to a short track or the quality of orginality and fail in doing so. Each track is lyrically good and straight to the point, my personal favourites are actually the slightly longer track Ex Lion Tamer (2.48) and Pink Flag itself. Brazil is an excellent short track though that manages to fit a lot in to 40 seconds whilst Three Girl Rhumba was clearly stolen by Elastica!

      This is good music and I like to listen to it now and again but I prefer something a bit more traditionally catchy myself. The band change from a chilled out alternative (in the vain of those bores Radiohead before they existed) type of guitar playing to punk rock on different tracks but are generally considerably mellow. If there is one thing I could criticise, it is the warbly vocals of Colin Newman which sound a bit like Tom Verlaine and generally wear on me a bit. An exciting album by a very influential band that manage to squeeze 21 songs in 36 minutes and still make them very well!

      Side one

      1. "Reuters" - 3:03
      2. "Field Day for the Sundays" - 0:28
      3. "Three Girl Rhumba" - 1:23
      4. "Ex Lion Tamer" - 2:19
      5. "Lowdown" - 2:26
      6. "Start to Move" - 1:13
      7. "Brazil" - 0:41
      8. "It's So Obvious" - 0:53
      9. "Surgeon's Girl" - 1:17
      10. "Pink Flag" - 3:47

      [edit] Side two

      1. "The Commercial" - 0:49
      2. "Straight Line" - 0:44
      3. "106 Beats That" - 1:12
      4. "Mr. Suit" - 1:25
      5. "Strange" - 3:58
      6. "Fragile" - 1:18
      7. "Mannequin" - 2:37
      8. "Different to Me" (Annette Green) - 0:43
      9. "Champs" - 1:46
      10. "Feeling Called Love" - 1:22
      11. "1 2 X U" - 1:55

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    Disc #1 Tracklisting
    1 Reuters
    2 Field Day for the Sundays
    3 Three Girl Rhumba
    4 Ex Lion Tamer
    5 Lowdown
    6 Start to Move
    7 Brazil
    8 It's So Obvious
    9 Surgeon's Girl
    10 Pink Flag
    11 Commercial
    12 Straight Line
    13 106 Beats That
    14 Mr. Suit
    15 Strange
    16 Fragile
    17 Mannequin
    18 Different to Me
    19 Champs
    20 Feeling Called Love
    21 12XU
    22 Options R [*]