Wire’s 13th studio album – entitled simply, Wire – hit the shelves last month. FACT’s Louis Pattison sat down with the legendary post-punk group to get the inside story of their favorite records.
Picked by: Wire drummer Robert Grey
“It’s a Latin mass, sung by a choir from the Democratic Republic of Congo. I first remember it coming to my attention because bits of it were used in Lindsay Anderson’s film If… – although at the time I didn’t know where the music came from. I think I found the LP at a friend’s flat, in their record collection and it was only then I put two and two together. Hearing it in its entirety, that was when it became special to me. It has a real purity to the rhythmical base, the use of the drums.
Picked by: Wire guitarist Matthew Simms
“It’s more of a pop record than a squiggly noises record. His records that came out shortly before this, like Bad Timing and Halfway To A Threeway were sort of fingerstyle, but this is more straight-out rocking. But it covers a lot of ground in 35 minutes, and that’s one of the things I really like about it. When it came out I was 13 or 14, I put it on cassette and used to listen to it when I walked to school and walked home. It totally opened my eyes to so many styles and sounds.