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(Some Guy) Audio Quite possibly the most underrated, forgotten about punk album of all time. Wire: Pink Flag   (albumsbeforeyoudie.com) divider line
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2021-05-18 6:27:15 PM  
Yep.  They didn't look or act "punk", were on a good-sized label, and didn't get headlines.  But they put out one of the best, most solid albums of the first wave or two.

Wire - Fragile
Youtube 1IJKe1mCgVo
 
2021-05-18 6:45:42 PM  
I would agree with subby.  I bought this record in 1977 and it was great.

Pink Flag influenced by Pink Floyd?

Listen to later Wire and you might think so.
 
2021-05-18 8:09:54 PM  
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2021-05-18 9:22:35 PM  
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2021-05-18 9:26:16 PM  
best song on it was an Elastica cover.
 
2021-05-18 9:33:35 PM  
Headline fails at "underrated" b/c that was one hell of a critically acclaimed album and widely respected, in alt/punk rock eyes it is  a classic.
 
2021-05-18 10:04:57 PM  
Their 70's stuff is great and post 2000 similarly brilliant.

Atill doing interesting work
Wire - Full Performance (Live on KEXP)
Youtube Yq_4Lythm_A
 
2021-05-18 10:06:23 PM  
Yer wrong Sub. But it's still a good album by a good band.
 
2021-05-18 10:07:05 PM  

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There is no possible way to underrate the album or them. And Bob Announced tour dates today.
 
2021-05-18 10:11:04 PM  
Absolutely
 
2021-05-18 10:13:10 PM  
Solid record, but I always preferred Chairs Missing.
 
2021-05-18 10:32:40 PM  
Not sure if these fellows would qualify as punk:

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/ironic that is was an anti-drug song
 
2021-05-18 10:35:03 PM  
If they had never reformed in the 80s, and again in the aughts, we'd still be talking about their first three albums and how long of a shadow they cast.
 
2021-05-18 11:07:43 PM  
Absolutely one of the most underrated records, but not really forgotten. The guys who collected records back then and had bands definitely knew that record. DC guys like Ian from minor threat and of course Henry Rollins LOVED that record, and in LA, the Minutemen and Saccharine Trust have cited that as a major influence.
 
2021-05-18 11:17:18 PM  
Chairs Missing is equal, if not better Wire.
Wire "I Am The Fly"
Youtube OnIXXe83fe4
 
2021-05-18 11:19:27 PM  
I hadn't heard of Wire until Elastica ripped off a bunch of their stuff in the 90s and got sued for it


Three Girl Rhumba (2006 Remastered Version)
Youtube ctpzzTR15yo
 
2021-05-18 11:21:50 PM  

nigeman: Their 70's stuff is great and post 2000 similarly brilliant.

Atill doing interesting work[Youtube-video https://www.youtube.com/embed/Yq_4Lyth​m_A]


The 80's had their moments

Wire 'Ahead' Music Video
Youtube FvRgC0pMIoc


The opening band for this tour was a 70's Wire cover band
 
2021-05-18 11:56:35 PM  
Absolutely. Top 5 for me. I like later Wire, and 2000s Wire has great stuff, but this album is mythic. If a song only needs :30 seconds to do what it needs to do, just play it for :30 seconds.

And Minor Threat's cover of 1 2 X U is fantastic, but not as good as the original.
 
2021-05-19 12:12:02 AM  

EdwardTellerhands: Solid record, but I always preferred Chairs Missing.


Pink Flag and 154 were both faves; 154 had some tracks that sounded way ahead of its time.
 
2021-05-19 12:46:47 AM  

detonator: Absolutely one of the most underrated records, but not really forgotten. The guys who collected records back then and had bands definitely knew that record. DC guys like Ian from minor threat and of course Henry Rollins LOVED that record, and in LA, the Minutemen and Saccharine Trust have cited that as a major influence.


Henrietta Collins covered ex lion tamer

And some obscure band called REM also covered a couple of their songs
 
2021-05-19 12:53:53 AM  

nigeman: detonator: Absolutely one of the most underrated records, but not really forgotten. The guys who collected records back then and had bands definitely knew that record. DC guys like Ian from minor threat and of course Henry Rollins LOVED that record, and in LA, the Minutemen and Saccharine Trust have cited that as a major influence.

Henrietta Collins covered ex lion tamer

And some obscure band called REM also covered a couple of their songs


Yeah, I'm not a fan of ol' Hank Garfield... or Bob Mould, either. The other guys in their bands were ok guys but those two dudes....
 
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2021-05-19 4:08:08 AM  
Love this album, but surprisingly never sought out any of their other stuff....will have to see what Spotify has for them....
 
2021-05-19 5:49:02 AM  
Ex Lion Tamer (2006 Remastered Version)
Youtube YOIBDZuetBY
There's grave danger
For the loneliest ranger
No silver bullets
Tonto's split the scene
 
2021-05-19 8:38:43 AM  
"Underrated" and "Punk" don't go together.

"Overrated"?  Sure.
 
2021-05-19 9:26:13 AM  

dittybopper: "Underrated" and "Punk" don't go together.

"Overrated"?  Sure.


ok boomer
 
2021-05-19 9:46:42 AM  

Gravity Works: Not sure if these fellows would qualify as punk:

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/ironic that is was an anti-drug song


The ass-less chaps were a nice touch. WPOD is my go-to karaoke song.
 
2021-05-19 10:52:33 AM  

exqqqme: Gravity Works: Not sure if these fellows would qualify as punk:

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/ironic that is was an anti-drug song

The ass-less chaps were a nice touch. WPOD is my go-to karaoke song.


Aren't all chaps ass-less, by default?
 
2021-05-19 10:52:34 AM  
My introduction to Wire was 1991's Drill: In Every City? It was the first track on a brilliant Mute sampler CD that also had Nick Cave, Diamanda Galas, Inspiral Carpets, and other good stuff.  After a roommate absconded with that disc, I spent months trying to track down the right version (the internet wasn't so useful then) because goddamn, every version of The Drill is completely different and fascinating in its own way.

Wire - Drill: In Every City?
Youtube pisNl0GoWxc
 
2021-05-19 10:55:14 AM  
I guess I need to give Pink Flag another go. I like a lot of punk and punk adjacent music, but for some reason this one didn't resonate with me. I have found, as I've gotten older, is that taste changes over time, so I might like it if given another couple of listens.
 
2021-05-19 1:04:28 PM  

Cortez the Killer: exqqqme: Gravity Works: Not sure if these fellows would qualify as punk:

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/ironic that is was an anti-drug song

The ass-less chaps were a nice touch. WPOD is my go-to karaoke song.

Aren't all chaps ass-less, by default?



I'll hang myself if I get enough rope

The Tubes - White Punks On Dope (Live @ Ogwt - 1977).mpg
Youtube zGaRqCF8ueA
 
Ant
2021-05-19 2:22:35 PM  

exqqqme: Cortez the Killer: exqqqme: Gravity Works: Not sure if these fellows would qualify as punk:

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/ironic that is was an anti-drug song

The ass-less chaps were a nice touch. WPOD is my go-to karaoke song.

Aren't all chaps ass-less, by default?


I'll hang myself if I get enough rope

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That's awesome. Great song.

I've seen other videos of them doing this song from the 70s and 80s, but this might be the best one.
 
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