Tag Archives: Wire

there are 3R4


3.4… and dark is the barge sets out in the night … By now you should all have set sail to Reading for Kevin Eden‘s biography Wire… Everybody loves a history(Wembley: SAF 1991, ISBN 0946719071) for Graham Lewis‘ quotes on the mathematical methods behind Dome‘s 3R4! Or see also our 2001-06-29 Lewis (aka HALO aka He Said aka Hox) interview in [uzine] 01.10 aka U0110 : “3R4 was graphically scripted and vocally cued by a count because without sequencing there was no other way to set the noise gates. Eric Radcliffe did the count for the complete duration of the piece, the inclusion of [him saying] ‘3,4’ in the mix was a testament and credit to this. Numbers are unavoidable in composition.” As for “There are” (1987): more on that track (check the bit àfter 2’52” too) in the next post. And in general: http://flagpink.com/ + http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bruce_Gilbert#Discography + http://trouserpress.com/entry.php?a=dome !

so and slow it grows

Wir = Wire around 1991-1992 when Bruce Gilbert, Graham Lewis & Colin Newman assembled without drummer Robert Gotobed. Wir’s released an album The First Letter(Mute cat. no. STUMM87, 1991-10) and a single So And Slow It Grows(Mute cat. no. MUTE107, 1991-11). The latter also featured remixes by the Orb and LFO – with Mark Bell & Gez Varley remixing album track “Take it (for greedy)”. Despite it all, the band once again failed to sell by the billions. They wouldn’t return to the scene until around 2000 … Hey and dig the slowness here too ;-)

41°N 93°W

Finally at long last … exhaustive details on that 41°N 93°W location Wire sang about (and MBV too)! Utterly obvious someone should’ve dedicated himself to this issue thoroughly …and now that’s happened – many thanks Mr Basement Geographer! (And one last question: did Mr. Lewis fly over Iowa with BEA?)


rough trade books

First there was one (ISBN 9781904772477, 2006-10), now there’s two (ISBN 9780752853581, 2010-07) books on the history of Rough Trade (UK indie label + shop).

which way michael?


Don’t you call him no tramp: Mr. Michael O’Shea (1947-07-11 > 1991-12-18), street & studio musician and inventor of the dulcimerlike Mo cara instrument (Gaelic for My friend). “No journey’s end” is off O’Shea’s lone (and untitled solo) lp on Dome (1982-02, DOM 33.2), as recorded on 1981-07-07 at Blackwing Studio, London (produced by Wire’s B.C. Gilbert & G. Lewis, engineered by Eric Radcliffe & John Fryer). “Séance of a Kondalike (backing track)” is a bonus track on the (untitled) cd reissue of Michael O’Shea’s lp (2001, WMO 12cd). The backing track (recorded in 1982 at Alto Studio, Dublin) is just O’Shea and a drum machine, and would later get vocal & rhythm overdubs by Stano, for his “Content To Write In I Dine Weathercraft” lp (Scoff 1983). I.M. Michael O’Shea, tragically killed after stepping off a London bus and running out into the path of an oncoming Post Office van.

buzz buzz buzz


+ bonus

#1: the back catalogue (aka ISSN 13773828)

[uzine] used to be a music e-zine between 1999 and 2006, run by a threesome and then some (from the mid to end nineties, it was a webzine called ultra – hence the u -, run by (kf) & (hs) a.o. ). The e-zine (now defunct, don’t dream of sending stuff for review) had about 3000 subscribers and even more dedicated readers. We did interviews and reviews and provided the playlists of our radio shows (expect those here later on as well) plus a lot of links, favelists, best of the year overviews, etc. … annexed is the the whole shebang in a 2,6 MB zip featuring txt files and a contents pdf …

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