Wednesday, March 01, 2006

The Ointment, The Fly

Obviously if you are reading this blog you are a serious Wire fan. If not, then you are even luckier. Because you get to discover one of the few perenially intriguing/frustrating bands of the last three decades, in fact of all of the last three decade. In fact, maybe the only such band. And exasperating too. Did I mention they are exasperating?

In any case, I recently stumbled upon a butt-ugly site apparently sponsored by / in association with / liking a certain amount the man who is Mike Thorne, he who produced the early classic Wire albums. He has contributed many articles, including a sequence on the production of said recordings: Pink Flag, I Am The Fly, Chairs Missing, Outdoor Miner and 154.

These contain gems like the following exchange:
Wire said I should play synthesizers on the next album. I said, "I can't move my fingers fast enough." They said, "If you don't do it, we'll get that Brian Eno in." I said, "OK."

Essential reading. And if you haven't figured it out yet, essential listening too.

Wire's three EMI albums, produced by Mike Thorne, are to be released on 6 March 2006 in remastered form.


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