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Pink Flag by Wire (CD)

January 14, 2013

For fans of: The Clash, The Ramones, Gang of Four.

Wire were born at the dawn of punk, but they became the quintessential art band. In the three closing years of the 1970s, the English quartet had one of the greatest opening runs of any band, shifting to post-punk before punk began to go stale and forging three masterpieces in a creative furnace so hot it burned out by the end of 1980. Those albums-- Pink Flag,Chairs Missing, and 154-- still sound remarkably fresh... Pink Flag was a fractured snapshot of punk alternately collapsing in on itself and exploding into song-fragment shrapnel. Read the rest of the Pitchfork review here.