Wire, London, England, UK

Formed: London, England, UK

BAND BIO ON WIKIPEDIA

Lineup 1 (Autumn - Winter 1976, as Overload):

Vocals, Guitar - Colin Newman
Guitar - Bruce "B.C." Gilbert
Bass, Vocals - Graham Lewis
Drums - Robert Gotobed (real name Robert Grey)
George Gill - Guitar

Recorded: 1976 Demo

Lineup 2 (January 1977 - Sometime in 1980, as Wire):

Vocals, Guitar - Colin Newman
Guitar - Bruce "B.C." Gilbert
Bass, Vocals - Graham Lewis
Drums - Robert Gotobed

Recorded: Everything else

DISCOGRAPHY

Notes:

Wire actually reformed in 1985, and in 1986 released its comeback single, 'Snakedrill'. Although this falls within the timeline of this website, it bears virtually no similarity to the band's earlier stuff, and there I have not included it. Since 1986 they have released numerous albums and singles.

There are a few releases below which do not have expanded information.

Pink Flag / Chairs Missing / Wire 154 is a "threefor" containing the three 1994 reissues (with same bonus tracks) in a slipcase.
1977-1979 contains the three 2006 reissues of the same records along with both discs from Live At The Roxy, London - April 1st & 2nd 1977 / Live At CBGB Theatre, New York - July 18th 1978.

If anyone can send me good scans of any of the above - or any of the bootlegs below without links - I shall add expanded information.

Singles / Albums 1977-1979

Wire - Mannequin Wire - Pink Flag Wire - I Am The Fly Wire - Dot Dash Wire - Chairs Missing
Mannequin
(7", 1977)
Pink Flag (LP, 1977) I Am The Fly
(7", 1978)
Dot Dash (7", 1978) Chairs Missing
(LP, 1978)
Wire - Outdoor Miner Wire - A Question Of Degree Wire - 154 Wire - Map Ref. 41ºN 93ºW  
Outdoor Miner
(7", 1979)
A Question Of Degree (7", 1979) 154 (LP/LP+7", 1979) Map Ref. 41ºN 93ºW (7", 1979)  

Extraneous Releases

Wire - Our Swimmer Wire - Document And Eyewitness Wire - Crazy About Love Wire - And Here It Is...Again... Wire - And Here It Is...Again...
Our Swimmer
(7", 1981)
Document And Eyewitness (LP, 1981) Crazy About Love
(12", 1983)
And Here It Is...Again... (LP, 1984) In The Pink (LP, 1986)
Wire - Wire Play Pop Wire - The Peel Sessions Wire - On Returning (1977-1979) Wire - The Peel Sessions Album Wire - 154 Pink Chairs
Wire Play Pop
(LP, 1986)
The Peel Sessions
(12", 1987)
On Returning (1977-1979) (LP/CD, 1989) The Peel Sessions Album (LP/CD, 1989) 154 Pink Chairs
(CD, 1995)
Wire - Behind The Curtain (Early Versions 1977 & 78) Wire - Turns And Strokes Wire ‎– Pink Flag / Chairs Missing / Wire 154 Wire - On The Box: 1979 Wire - Live At The Roxy, London - April 1st & 2nd 1977 / Live At CBGB Theatre, New York - July 18th 1978
Behind The Curtain (Early Versions 1977 & 78) (CD, 1995) Turns And Strokes (2xLP/CD, 1996) Pink Flag / Chairs Missing / Wire 154 On The Box: 1979 (CD+DVD, 2004) Live At The Roxy, London - April 1st & 2nd 1977 / Live At CBGB Theatre, New York - July 18th 1978
(2xCD, 2006)
Wire - 1977-1979        
1977-1979
(5xCD, 2006)
       

Promos

       
Wire ‎– Sampler        
Sampler (CDS, 2006)        

Bootlegs

Wire - Not About To Die Wire - Mittnacht Bahnhof Cafe Nostalgia Wire / Magazine ‎– Wire Live / Dominoe Wire - The Legendary Manchester Wire Wire - Live In London 1978
Not About To Die
(LP, 1980)
Mittnacht Bahnhof Cafe Nostalgia (LP, 1982) Wire Live / Dominoe
(LP, split with Magazine, 1984)
The Legendary Manchester Wire
(12", 1987)
Live In London 1978 (7", 1990)
Wire - Take A Terrifying Trip To The Past! Wire - After Midnight Wire - Honi Soit Wire - 1976 Demo Wire ‎– Live In Germany 1979
Take A Terrifying Trip To The Past! (7", 1990) After Midnight
(LP, 1995)
Honi Soit (LP, 2003) 1976 Demo (LP, 2010) Live In Germany 1979 (7", 2012)
Wire ‎– New York 1978        
New York 1978 (Tape)        

Various Artists

The Roxy London WC2 (Jan-Apr 77) UK LP 1977 (Harvest): 1.2.X.U. / Lowdown

Meet The New (Punk) Wave Holland LP 1978 (EMI): Mannequin

Cross Current: Rough Trade Greatest Hits Italy LP 1981 (Base/Rough Trade): Our Swimmer

Burning Ambitions (A History Of Punk) UK 2xLP 1982 (Cherry Red): 1.2.X.U.

Clear Cut 5 Japan LP 1983 (Rough Trade): Our Swimmer

Pogo A Gogo! UK Tape 1986 (New Musical Express): Dot Dash

The Best Punk Album In The World ... Ever! 2 UK 2xCD 1996 (Circa): Outdoor Miner

1-2-3-4 Punk & New Wave 1976-1979 UK 5xCD 1999 (Universal): Mannequin

Live From The Roxy UK CD 1999 (Castle): Just Don't Care / TV

Sniffin' Glue: The Essential Punk Accessory UK CD 2003 (Castle): 1.2.X.U.

No Thanks! The '70s Punk Rebellion US 4xCD 2003 (Rhino): 1.2.X.U. / Mannequin

Rough Trade Shops - Post Punk 01 UK 2xCD 2003 (Mute): Ex Lion Tamer

The Roxy London WC2 - A Live Punk Box Set UK 6xCD 2005 (Castle Music): 1.2.X.U. / Lowdown

Links

STEREO SOCIETY - WIRE CENTRAL

WIRE ALBUMS FROM BEST TO WORST

 


 

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