Wire: The A-List Poll

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Poll Results

OptionVotes
2. Kidney Bingos 8
1. Ahead 3
3. Serious Of Snakes 2
4. Eardrum Buzz 2
8. Finest Drops 2
9. Madman's Honey 1
7. In Vivo 1
6. Ambitious 1
5. Drill 1
10. Over Theirs 0
11. Silk Skin Paws 0
12. Queen Of Ur And The King Of Um 0
13. Torch It 0
14. Advantage In Height 0
15. Point Of Collapse 0
16. Feed Me 0


Heric E. (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Monday, 27 July 2009 14:44 (eight years ago) Permalink

heh more like the gay list

a narwhal done gored my sister nell (cankles), Monday, 27 July 2009 14:45 (eight years ago) Permalink

I remember, I remember making the body search.

Sean Carruthers, Monday, 27 July 2009 14:46 (eight years ago) Permalink

Sunburn jets, price marks, smart bets

Heric E. (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Monday, 27 July 2009 14:48 (eight years ago) Permalink

And the funny thing is: This album was compiled by means of a Poll! Imagine that!

Mark G, Monday, 27 July 2009 14:52 (eight years ago) Permalink

The first 8 tracks are wonderful.

Apart from "Wrin kill Paws", I don't recall immediately how the rest go.

But, I assume they are wonderful too.

OK, will vote: The revolution's begun!

Mark G, Monday, 27 July 2009 14:55 (eight years ago) Permalink

I stop listening after "Silk Skin Paws" meself.

Heric E. (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Monday, 27 July 2009 14:56 (eight years ago) Permalink

You're missing three bona fide works of genius if you do that :)

I can't decide right now. I'm tempted to go for something unlikely like In Vivo, just to be contrary. But really, it's between Ambitious, Serious of Snakes, Drill, Kidney Bingos ... oh, hellfire, it's between pretty much all of them. Nads.

grimly fiendish, Monday, 27 July 2009 15:01 (eight years ago) Permalink

Eliminated: Ahead, for not being Ahead II. Harsh but fair. And everyone else will vote for it anyway.

Potentially eliminated: Ambitious, for not being the how-long-is-it-again? Middlesex Gorge version. But maybe not.

grimly fiendish, Monday, 27 July 2009 15:05 (eight years ago) Permalink

My problem with Ahead is that it's not the Band of Susans version.

dlp9001, Monday, 27 July 2009 16:15 (eight years ago) Permalink

Kidney Bingos, easily.

kornrulez6969, Monday, 27 July 2009 16:19 (eight years ago) Permalink

Is there a best-of compilation prior to 85?

Philip Nunez, Monday, 27 July 2009 16:48 (eight years ago) Permalink

Yeh, I've got it on vinyl. Fuck, what's it called?

grimly fiendish, Monday, 27 July 2009 16:50 (eight years ago) Permalink

On Returning, that's it.

grimly fiendish, Monday, 27 July 2009 16:51 (eight years ago) Permalink

And the funny thing is: This album was compiled by means of a Poll! Imagine that!

The track ordering is in order of popularity, right?

grimly fiendish, Monday, 27 July 2009 17:31 (eight years ago) Permalink

thanks for finding the title -- am listening to it now!

Philip Nunez, Monday, 27 July 2009 17:41 (eight years ago) Permalink

i hadn't heard this version of 12xU before "got you in a corner got you in a corner got you in a cupcake(?) got you in a corner"

Philip Nunez, Monday, 27 July 2009 17:43 (eight years ago) Permalink

I'm tempted to go for something unlikely like In Vivo, just to be contrary

Actually: no, would it be so contrary? Am listening to the whole album now for the first time in ages and that song really is an absolute fucking joy; in some ways the absolute acme of the sound they were making (texture and melody in perfect harmony).

But then there's Drill ... the band would no doubt put Drill at the centre of this stuff, and they'd be right to do so. In some ways voting for anything else would seem wrong.

It's funny: I'd been meaning to go back and dig out all my mid-eighties Wire stuff for a while, and this thread has given me the reminder I needed. Doesn't make making a decision here any easier, mind.

grimly fiendish, Monday, 27 July 2009 18:00 (eight years ago) Permalink

On Returning, that's it.

I hate that compilation. How can you make a best-of for the first three records and leave off Map Reference, Mannequin and Too Late? And The Other Window instead of The 15th? For the love of God, people...

kornrulez6969, Monday, 27 July 2009 18:10 (eight years ago) Permalink

Automatic thread bump. This poll is closing tomorrow.

System, Sunday, 9 August 2009 23:01 (eight years ago) Permalink

Oh, SilkSkinPaws!

Mark G, Monday, 10 August 2009 09:59 (eight years ago) Permalink

Automatic thread bump. This poll's results are now in.

System, Monday, 10 August 2009 23:01 (eight years ago) Permalink

Looks about right.

kornrulez6969, Tuesday, 11 August 2009 01:58 (eight years ago) Permalink

No argument with the results, but "Torch It" is really monumental. I've recently gone back to "Manscape" and the Wir album and while they're clearly not the best of Wire, they've still got great high points.

Gerald McBoing-Boing, Tuesday, 11 August 2009 21:29 (eight years ago) Permalink

Ambitious is probably my personal favorite

if i have a child i will name it satan (latebloomer), Tuesday, 11 August 2009 21:49 (eight years ago) Permalink

one year passes...

I remember
I remember
Making the body search

I remember
I remember
Making the body search

I remember
I remember
Making the body search

Rich Lolwry (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Saturday, 22 January 2011 03:34 (six years ago) Permalink

It feels like this period has been terribly underrated and dismissed due to the production values and technology of the time. But this is primo material!

Gerald McBoing-Boing, Saturday, 22 January 2011 04:30 (six years ago) Permalink

four years pass...

Lewis doesn't always agree with me but I am really feeling the bass on "Finest Drops" rn!

bentelec, Monday, 2 February 2015 00:09 (two years ago) Permalink

two years pass...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jFn_mGFs1Vg

Never gave 80s Wire a shot, but they have some pretty good tunes. And strange, low budget videos.

carpet_kaiser, Sunday, 16 July 2017 02:33 (four months ago) Permalink

I also want those sunglasses Colin Newman is wearing

carpet_kaiser, Sunday, 16 July 2017 02:37 (four months ago) Permalink

that mix of SSP is different from the one on A List.

the Rain Man of nationalism. (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Sunday, 16 July 2017 02:39 (four months ago) Permalink

What tune?

weird echo of the falsies (Tom D.), Sunday, 16 July 2017 07:42 (four months ago) Permalink

Pardon?

Mark G, Sunday, 16 July 2017 08:41 (four months ago) Permalink

Silk Skin Paws

the Rain Man of nationalism. (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Sunday, 16 July 2017 13:06 (four months ago) Permalink

"Kidney Bingos" shreds.

yesca, Sunday, 16 July 2017 13:07 (four months ago) Permalink

Pardon?

I didn't notice much of a tune there, like a lot of 80s Wire: some guitar pedals, no hooks, a sliver of melody, more guitar pedals. They were great live though.

weird echo of the falsies (Tom D.), Sunday, 16 July 2017 15:22 (four months ago) Permalink

I see.

Mark G, Sunday, 16 July 2017 19:40 (four months ago) Permalink

Has anyone sampled the authorized bootlegs Wire sells on their site? Any standout gigs?

Gerald McBoing-Boing, Monday, 17 July 2017 01:23 (four months ago) Permalink

Also, that Youtube video is the 7" version of "Silk Skin Paws", nicely different.

Gerald McBoing-Boing, Monday, 17 July 2017 01:26 (four months ago) Permalink

I did get the full "D&E" gig, I thought it was all fine. If Wire themselves thought it a disaster for reasons other than the audience reaction, then fine. If it was because of the boo-boys, they should have continued to give the audience what they don't want, like Dylan fought on...

And so on.

Mark G, Monday, 17 July 2017 06:32 (four months ago) Permalink


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