Wire, London, England, UK

Formed: London, England, UK

BAND BIO ON Wikipedia

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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

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DISCOGRAPHY

Subsequent studio albums: The Ideal Copy (1987), A Bell Is A Cup Until It Is Struck (1988), Manscape (1990), The Drill (1991), The First Letter (1991), Send (2003), Object 47 (2008), Red Barked Tree (2010), Change Becomes Us (2013), Wire (2015), Nocturnal Koreans (2016), Silver/Lead (2017).

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/ Extraneous Releases / Promos / Bootlegs / Various Artists

Wire - MannequinMannequin (7", 1977)

Wire - Pink FlagPink Flag (LP, 1977)

Wire - I Am The FlyI Am The Fly (7", 1978)

Wire - Dot DashDot Dash (7", 1978)

Wire - Chairs MissingChairs Missing (LP, 1978)

Wire - Outdoor Miner Outdoor Miner (7", 1979)

Wire - A Question Of DegreeA Question Of Degree (7", 1979)

Wire - 154154 (LP/LP+7", 1979)

Wire - Map Ref. 41ºN 93ºWMap Ref. 41ºN 93ºW (7", 1979)

Extraneous Releases

Wire - Our SwimmerOur Swimmer (7", 1981)

Wire - Document And EyewitnessDocument And Eyewitness (LP, 1981)

Wire - Crazy About LoveCrazy About Love (12", 1983)

Wire - And Here It Is...Again...And Here It Is...Again... (LP, 1984)

Wire - And Here It Is...Again...In The Pink (LP, 1986)

Wire - Wire Play PopWire Play Pop (LP, 1986)

Wire - The Peel SessionsThe Peel Sessions (12", 1987)

Wire - On Returning (1977-1979)On Returning (1977-1979) (LP/CD, 1989)

Wire - The Peel Sessions AlbumThe Peel Sessions Album (LP/CD, 1989)

Wire - 154 Pink Chairs154 Pink Chairs (CD, 1995)

Wire - Behind The Curtain (Early Versions 1977 & 78)Behind The Curtain (Early Versions 1977 & 78) (CD, 1995)

Wire - Turns And StrokesTurns And Strokes (2xLP/CD, 1996)

Wire - On The Box: 1979Pink Flag / Chairs Missing / Wire 154 (3xCD, box set, 2000)

Wire - On The Box: 1979On The Box: 1979 (CD+DVD, 2004)

Wire - Live At The Roxy, London - April 1st & 2nd 1977 / Live At CBGB Theatre, New York - July 18th 1978Live At The Roxy, London - April 1st & 2nd 1977 / Live At CBGB Theatre, New York - July 18th 1978 (2xCD, 2006)

Wire - 1977-19791977-1979 (5xCD, box set, 2006)

Promos

Wire ‎– SamplerSampler (CDS, 2006)

Bootlegs

Wire - Not About To DieNot About To Die (LP, 1980)

Wire - Mittnacht Bahnhof Cafe NostalgiaMittnacht Bahnhof Cafe Nostalgia (LP, 1982)

Wire / Magazine ‎– Wire Live / DominoeWire Live / Dominoe (LP, split with Magazine, 1984)

Wire - The Legendary Manchester WireThe Legendary Manchester Wire (12", 1987)

Wire - Live In London 1978Live In London 1978 (7", 1990)

Wire - Take A Terrifying Trip To The Past!Take A Terrifying Trip To The Past! (7", 1990)

Wire - After MidnightAfter Midnight (LP, 1995)

Wire - Honi SoitHoni Soit (LP, 2003)

Wire - 1976 Demo1976 Demo (LP, 2010)

Wire ‎– Live In Germany 1979Live In Germany 1979 (7", 2012)

Wire ‎– New York 1978New 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

What's All This, John? Germany LP 1980 (EMI): Blessed State

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

To The Outside Of Everything - A Story Of UK Post Punk 1977 - 1981 UK 4xCD Box Set 2017 (Cherry Red): I Am The Fly

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Links

Pinkflag.com - the official Wire website

Stereo Central - Wire Central

Wire Albums From Best To Worst

Record Collectors Of The World Unite

Punk 77

 

You can add stuff and make comments/corrections by emailing me at:

jane@punkygibbon.co.uk

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