Friday, February 11, 2011

WIRE - A Bell is a Cup Until it is Unstuck (1988, Mute)

Of course, every hipster loves Pink Flag, Chairs Missing and 154 but what's little known is that WIRE has had many recordings that have fallen through the cracks in coolness. This is a seminal record that made a huge impact on the U.K. Pop vista, an important transition for the band as they tossed aside the Punk elements and embraced a candied Pop direction. Don't get me wrong, ABIAC is still angular and obtuse and the themes are incomprehensible but the structure here is accessible. It definitely influenced many of the bands in the Brit-Pop explosion that followed in the early to mid-90's.

There are actually songs on this album that could have been featured in a John Hughes movie. So, turn off the cerebral listening factor, put the top down and just drive.

Get It Here

Or: A Bell Is a Cup Until It Is Struck - Wire

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