Although Outdoor Miner appeared on the Chairs Missing album the single version was slightly longer through the inclusion of a middle-eight keyboard solo it had initially been deemed too short for a single. The first 10, were on white vinyl in picture sleeve, with the rest on black vinyl in a Harvest company sleeve. The tour started on the 23rd, but The New Singles states that it was released on June 1st, Other sources say June 8th, but I'll go with June 1st for the time being it is a Friday.
Last edited: Jan 22, SteveFff and crozcat like this. Location: London. Vangro , Jan 22, I compiled all the harvest singles onto one c90 back in the day including 'Our Swimmer' , and it seemed clear that they belong together as such, rather than being added to albums as extras. MGSeveral , Jan 22, Location: Planet Earth. Neonbeam , Jan 22, Location: Antalya, Turkey.
Guy E , Jan 22, Location: Glasgow, UK. Regarding Chairs Missing : I'm surprised that people are singling-out Heartbeat and other tracks that they dislike on the album. I Am The Fly had already been released on 45, but I thought that it was a nice change-of-pace. I like everything on and about Chairs Missing.
The production sound is remarkable and as someone posted above, almost sui generis in its unique sonic quality. Neonbeam and gohill like this. Sand In My Joints has risen through the ranks to almost be my favourite track - I say almost because I don't have a favourite. It is probably Wire's masterpiece though gets close and one of the great albums of the post punk era.
It stands alongside arguably more well known works like 'Metal Box' and 'Gang Of Four's 'Entertainment' as a perfect distillation of what can be achieved when all gates are open to quote Can. The year zero liberation of punk rock opened the way for bands like Wire to be able to make records like this with major label backing, and they were able to use that to their advantage. Having made a bristling entry into the musical fray with Pink Flag, they were wise to use these new freedoms to forge and create their own identity, and set themselves apart from the herd still paying slavish devotion to the by now played out atavistic nihilistic reductiveness of punk's initial charged thrill.
Wire, like PIL, Gang Of Four, Magazine and the other great band's of their generation knew the scorched earth policy of punk was a means to an end, not something to be recycled and rehashed until it was meaningless.
They were unafraid to reach into the derided past, and happy to utilise the same atmosphere, sounds and textures that characterised label mates such as Pink Floyd's early to mid 70's works.
Mike Thorne does a superb job on this album, allying the short claustrophobic itchy intensity of Wire's compositions to wider sonic soundscapes, deploying keyboards and spacey reverb to a lot of the tunes. It gives the listener the illusion of them playing these songs in a huge concrete tunnel or fall out shelter, evoking the chilly intensity of a cold dystopian 's Andrei Tarkovsky sci fi movie.
I can hear that in the first couple of songs that set the sonic terrain of this album out so well. There is a brooding intensity right from the off. Wire's clipped disciplined new wave sound is immersed in a wider canvass giving it the same sort of icy shadowiness that Hannett brought to Joy Division on the following year's 'Unknown Pleasures'. Like that album, the actual songs are fairly simple in their construction, but the sounds around them make them seem more. There is a chilly claustrophobia there which soon gives way to the stop start push pull of the main structure of the tune.
The atmospheric sound of Lewis's juddering bass as it thuds out the riff under the chorus line is majestic. It's a brilliant song, tense, terse, dark and involving. Credits adapted from the Special Edition. All music written by Colin Newman , except where noted. All lyrics written by Graham Lewis , except where noted. Credits adapted from the liner notes of the Special Edition.
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Post-punk art punk avant-pop. Official Charts Company. Retrieved 20 April Trouser Press. Retrieved 27 February Omnibus Press. Strong Canongate Books. London: Visible Ink Press. Retrieved 8 February In Brackett, Nathan ; Hoard, Christian eds. In Weisbard, Eric; Marks, Craig eds. Spin Alternative Record Guide. Practice Makes Perfect Remastered Version. I Feel Mysterious Today. No Romans.
Former Airline. Sand in My Joints. A Question of Degree. Question of Degree. Too Late Digital Remaster. Another the Letter Remastered Version.
Men 2nd Remastered Version. Marooned Remastered Version. Practice Makes Perfect. Blessed State. Too Late Remastered Version. Used To Remastered Version. From the Nursery Remastered Version.
Outdoor Miner Remastered Version. Mercy Remastered Version. Heartbeat Remastered Version. Being Sucked in Again Remastered Version. Sand in My Joints Remastered Version. Used To Digital Remaster. From the Nursery Digital Remaster.
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