Wire, Pink FlagRelease Date: 1977 Previously Owned: No First Time Listen: Yes
Impressions: Wire is a British punk forefather band often name-checked in relationship to bands I enjoy (R.E.M., The Jam, The Futureheads, Devo, and the previously reviewed, Minutemen,) usually in reference to the start-stop dynamics and "angular" guitar. Somehow, I never bothered to listen to the source before. Today, I bother… "Reuters" opens with a slow riff and shouting vocal letting us know that the music will arty … Continue Reading ››
Gang of Four, Entertainment!
Release Date: 1979
Previously Owned: No First Time Listen: Yes
Impressions: Weird that I never heard of these guys before. Unlike the previous album on this list, it's completely in my wheel house: no-nonsense, angular, angry-ular punk rock with a touch of dub and funk. "Not Great Man" sounds like, and better than, all of those spiky-punk-pop bands who came out in the 2000s (ie The Futureheads,) but with actually … Continue Reading ››