Tuesday, June 03, 2008


Nice to see Wire getting some attention online lately. A new album, Object 47, has been announced for release next month.

Wire songs have been covered by REM, MBV, Big Black and many others. Here are a few lesser known Wire covers. One each from the albums Pink Flag, Chairs Missing, and 154, all of which are essential to own.

A little known fact about Wire is that their song "Ex Lion Tamer" is based on the true story of a lion tamer who had to retire due to work-related injuries. His name? Claude Balls.

Scrawl: Reuters (buy Bloodsucker)
Band of Susans: Too Late (buy The Peel Sessions)
Monks of Doom: The 15th (buy What's Left for Kicks)


At 6/03/2008 8:17 PM , Blogger Nathan Nothin said...

Wire is one of my all time favorite art/punk bands. I'll be looking forward to hearing Object 47.

There are so many great Wire covers by many great bands, you've posted a nice selection.

What about the mid-90s Wire - Elastica 'Connection'?

Thought I'd send a great two song set by Mike Watt & the Missing Men covering Wire's "3 Girl Rhumba" & "Ex-Lion Tamer".


At 6/04/2008 10:23 AM , Blogger jonderneathica said...

Nathan, you are the man. "His name is Mike Watt! He's gonna get caught! Here's a knuckle of defiance to the group from New Alliance!" Thank you.

I think Elastica forgot to credit Wire (and the Stranglers) for their covers, but that error was corrected in copyright court.

At 6/07/2008 12:09 AM , Blogger Nazz Nomad said...

posted on wire last week- u prob have the tunes already, but just in case...


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