Wire - Pink Flag

Wire - Pink Flag

Original Release Date

1977

Release Information

UK LP 1977 (Harvest - SHSP 4076)
US LP 1978 (Harvest - ST-11757)

A1 Reuters 3:00
A2 Field Day For The Sundays 0:26
A3 Three Girl Rhumba 1:22
A4 Ex-Lion Tamer 2:18
A5 Lowdown 2:25
A6 Start To Move 1:12
A7 Brazil 0:40
A8 It's So Obvious 0:53
A9 Surgeon's Girl 1:14
A10 Pink Flag 3:47
B1 The Commercial 0:48
B2 Straight Line 0:42
B3 106 Beats That 1:11
B4 Mr. Suit 1:21
B5 Strange 3:55
B6 Fragile 1:16
B7 Mannequin 2:34
B8 Different To Me 0:42
B9 Champs 1:44
B10 Feeling Called Love 1:19
B11 12XU 1:54

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UK CD 1994 (Harvest - 7243 8 29846 2 7)

1 Reuters 3:03
2 Field Day For The Sundays 0:28
3 Three Girl Rhumba 1:23
4 Ex Lion Tamer 2:19
5 Lowdown 2:26
6 Start To Move 1:13
7 Brazil 0:41
8 It's So Obvious 0:53
9 Surgeon's Girl 1:17
10 Pink Flag 3:45
11 The Commercial 0:49
12 Straight Line 0:44
13 106 Beats That 1:12
14 Mr Suit 1:25
15 Strange 3:59
16 Fragile 1:18
17 Mannequin 2:37
18 Different To Me 0:43
19 Champs 1:46
20 Feeling Called Love 1:28
21 12 X U 1:57
Bonus Tracks
22 Dot Dash 2:25
23 Options R 1:36

22-23: Dot Dash 7", released June 1978

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UK CD 2006 (Harvest/EMI - 07243 473198 2 2). Remastered

1 Reuters 3:03
2 Field Day For The Sundays 0:28
3 Three Girl Rhumba 1:23
4 Ex Lion Tamer 2:19
5 Lowdown 2:26
6 Start To Move 1:13
7 Brazil 0:41
8 It's So Obvious 0:53
9 Surgeon's Girl 1:17
10 Pink Flag 3:45
11 The Commercial 0:49
12 Straight Line 0:44
13 106 Beats That 1:12
14 Mr Suit 1:25
15 Strange 3:59
16 Fragile 1:18
17 Mannequin 2:37
18 Different To Me 0:43
19 Champs 1:46
20 Feeling Called Love 1:28
21 12 X U 1:57

Chart Placings

None

Credits

UK/US LP:

Vocals - Colin - Black Hair
Drums - Robert Gotobed - 6'3"
Guitar - BC Gilbert - Blue Eyes
Bass - Lewis - 9st. 6lbs.

All titles produced by Mike Thorne
Engineer Paul Hardiman
Asst. Engineer Ken Thomas
Sleeve concept B.C. Gilbert and Lewis
Front cover photography Annette Green
With thanks to Kate Lukas, flute on 'Strange'
Dave Oberlé, backup vocals on 'Mannequin'
and Pete and Lawrence
Art direction David Dragon
Recorded at Advision Studios

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Additional Credits on 1994 CD:

Project Co-ordination: Tim Chacksfield
Compact Design Package Design: Phil Smee at Waldo's Design

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Additional Credits on 2006 CD:

Remastered by Dennis Blackham at Skye Mastering
Re-issue design by Andrew Day (RedRoom/EMI)

Reviews & Opinions

PUNKY GIBBON: Armed with peculiar minimalist songs based on strange four-chord guitar structures, metronomic drumming and abstruse lyrics sung in sarcastic Cockney accents, Wire were one of Britain's most entertainingly offbeat groups. While many of their peers were basically peddling old fashioned rock with more speed and swearing, Wire were out there on a planet entirely their own, retaining a bug-eyed stance that somehow fitted in perfectly with the times but constantly bashing down boundaries and befuddling expectations. A strong case could be made for Pink Flag being the greatest album of its year: 21 songs rush by in little over 36 minutes in an adrenaline rush that manages to be crazy, cold, angry, bemused, amused, frosty, surreal, concise and frightening. Sometimes it's all these things at the same time (the expletive-riddled 'Mr Suit' shouts "You can take your fucking money and shove it up our arse!"). Short, razor-sharp ditties stop and start like some insane avant-garde conveyor belt, and their masterful debut single '1 2 X U' is given another chance ("And here it is...again...and it's called..."). Yet, the most striking thing is that, despite being truly weird, the band a) know how to rock and b) write brilliant pop songs. A masterpiece.

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Wire - Pink Flag - UK CD 2006 (Harvest/EMI - 07243 473198 2 2)

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