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Wire

Wire are an English rock band formed in 1976 (and intermittently active to the present) by Graham Lewis (bass, vocals), Bruce Gilbert (guitar), Colin Newman (vocals, guitar) and Robert Gotobed (drums).

Influenced by artists as diverse as the Ramones, Brian Eno, and Marcel Duchamp, Wire are often cited as one of the more important rock groups of the 1970s and 1980s. Critic Stewart Mason writes, "Over their brilliant first three albums, Wire expanded the sonic boundaries of not just punk, but rock music in general."1

Wire are arguably a definitive art punk or post-punk ensemble, mostly due to their richly detailed and atmospheric sound, often obscure lyrical themes and, to a lesser extent, their situationist political stance. The group exhibited a steady development from an early raucous style (1977's Pink Flag) to a more complex, structured sound involving increased use of guitar effects and synthesizers (1978's Chairs Missing and 1979's 154).

The band gained a reputation for...

Background group or band
Alias Wir
Origin London, England
Genre Alternative Rock, Punk rock
Years active 1976 - 1980
1985-1992
1999-2004 (on-hiatus)
website Official site
Current members Colin Newman
Bruce Gilbert
Graham Lewis
Robert Gotobed
license: GNU FDL
source: Wikipedia


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