Album I can't live without: Pink Flag
The album I couldn't live without
The first time I heard Pink Flag by Wire was sometime towards the end of the 70s when I lived in Dunedin. It just blew me away with its freshness and musicality.
It is a whole album of post-punk-pop power riffs, many of which are less than a minute long. Think Ramones mixed with Buzzcocks - but not derivative - very original.
The songs just roll in to each other and the overall result (when played loud on good equipment) is just exhilarating and fun. Good times.
I liked it so much I ended up buying a second copy, so I'm the owner of two vinyl copies from back in the day, still in good nick because I always had good turntables.
These guys were pretty influential and they still sound fresh and relevant today.
I like every track, but some standouts are the cover of "Feeling called Love", the 28-second "Field Day for the Sundays", "Fragile" (pure pop with an edge), and the pure power "12 XU".
Play it loud, get loose and relive your youth!
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