Wire
Pink Flag


5.0
classic

Review

by Tangy zizzle USER (6 Reviews)
January 16th, 2005 | 134 replies | 27,081 views


Release Date: 1977 | Tracklist


2 of 2 thought this review was well written

#410 on Rolling Stone Top 500
Wire - Pink Flag
Year Released: 1977

Wire is:
Colin - Vocals
B.C Gilbert - Guitar
Robert Gotobed - Drums
Lewis - Bass


When is a punk record not punk? When it's post punk? Wouldn't it have to made after the punk years? Can a post punk record be made while the bomb for the punk explosion has not yet exploded? These questions seem stupid, but they have a purpose.

The album Pink Flag by Wire is an enigma. It was made in 1977 when punk was just starting to explore the airwaves, yet it sounds nothing like the material being made by it's punk brethren. Yes, this is a punk album, but not as you know it. Yes, it has the short, blazing songs, but there are also slow, angular breaks.

Enough of the babble, let's talk about the album shall we?

Pink Flag is an album truly ahead of it's time. The album starts of with Reuters, a song made up of echoed bass and droning, yet layered guitars. There are vocals played in the background, as well as over top of the music. Field Day for the Sundays, the shortest song on the album is over before you know it. Three Girl Rumba is a jumpy, very danceable track.

Tracks like Ex Lion Tamer, Straight Line, It's So Obvious and Mr. Suit show off Wire's pop, but punk tendencies. Wire can play catchy, snotty punk tunes, but when they play them they leave others in their distorted wake.

This album is accessible if you take the time to listen to it, and is so tremendously catchy it's noit funny. Songs like 1 2 XU and Dot Dash will be implanted in your ears for days. This album is riddled with angular guitars, urgent, jerky drums and simple but effective bass. Colin's vocals are unashamedly British, and are often no more than a mumbled, slurring yell.

The best thing about this album is it's total omission of filler. The record goes for a quick 39 and a half minutes and every second is used wisely. If a riff has run it's course and the song starts to sound old, then BAM! it finishes. This is a record devoid of excess, glitter and sparkle.

Most of these tracks are brilliant pop songs with a punk as fuck attitude and a fresh, original take on things. There are some tracks that stand out from this already shining collection of gems. Commercial, The is vocal-less, stop start race with signature Wire guitars. Lowdown is probably the slowest song, and is definately my favourite. It's a truthful rendition of a boring life, withthe clearest vocals of the album that are surprisingly haunting. 1,2 XU is a buzzsaw paced, satirical masterpiece. Dot Dash shows off a sweeter side of Wire, and is a poppy, fun song with the catchiest vocals of the album.

Pink Flag was a step forward for music. While Wire would take their sound into new, uncharted punk territory with Chairs Missing and 154, Pink Flag to me is the true Wire album. A definate must for any true fan with an appreciation, for simple, original punk ditties, cockney attitude and art school leanings.

Final Rating: 5/5



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Comments:Add a Comment 
Tangy zizzle
November 4th 2004



253 Comments


Bah sorry guys, a bit of a dog innit?

Dark Hero
November 4th 2004



160 Comments


Great review. I love this album, I bought it used for $3 :amaze:

The NPC
November 4th 2004



101 Comments


Yes, Pink Flag is a classic and deserves a 5/5. However, I do like Chairs Missing alot more.

PoisonParadox
November 4th 2004



3 Comments


Nice review, great album

Iai
Emeritus
November 4th 2004



3553 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I liked the review, personally. The best thing about it was a total omission of filler.

Tangy zizzle
November 4th 2004



253 Comments


Haha, I like your moves Iai, I likey yo' moves.

br3ad_man
Emeritus
November 6th 2004



2125 Comments


Good work on the review. It wasn't so inflated that no one bothered to read the whole thing, like most are these days (including a lot of mine). :eek:

Pink Flag is so good.

nirvana_fan
November 8th 2004



1 Comments


I just noticed this 1 in the review list. Good album it should have been higher on the Rolling Stone list.

Med57
Moderator
November 8th 2004



1001 Comments


Yeah...really nice review Tangy

*agrees with Iai and br3ad*

I don't know how I missed this in here, but I've heard so much about this album that I'll be getting it soon.

Arucard
November 30th 2004



575 Comments


good review, good album
definatly ahead of its time

Med57
Moderator
December 29th 2004



1001 Comments


Incredible album. I got this for Christmas, and it really stands out from start to finish, without there being any dodgy filler on here. Even if you're not sure whether you'll like this, based on the kind of sound it has, this is definitely well worth checking out. Good review as well, Tangy.

burton.and.gas
April 28th 2005



641 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

i recently got hold of a wire bets of 1977-1979 and its well cool. Every trakc form tshi album is on it whcih leads me to belive this album must also be pretty damn good. erm bwt cloin is not just vocals he is a vocalist/guiatrist.

pixiesfanyo
June 17th 2005



1222 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

I've refused sex due to my wanting to listen to this album.

masada
June 17th 2005



2733 Comments


This album IS sex.This Message Edited On 06.17.05

Aeaon
August 24th 2005



188 Comments


This is a fantastic album. And yet I don't own it.

Zappa
August 24th 2005



355 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

I get the urge to play this album every time I scroll all the way down to the W artists on my iPod. It's taht good.

ReturnToRock
September 14th 2005



3448 Comments


great great album. personal faves are 1 2 XU and Dot Dash.

burton.and.gas
January 23rd 2006



641 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I domt have thsi album i havea best of 1977-1979 album by em and it has most of these song on it. they are so good though.

AlienEater
April 4th 2006



716 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

God this album rules. I prefer Chairs Missing, but this is still a classic.

Wanker
May 17th 2006



139 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

This album is freakin' sweet.



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