Saturday, March 28, 2009

Wire @ Fluc



About thirty years ago, Wire changed my life. I suppose they started as an English punk band, but the first record by them that I heard was their third and artiest, 154. It was the the strangest music I had ever heard. After their amazing first three records, they entered into a long period of mannered suckieness, before finally returning several years ago as pissed-off old punks. I saw them last night at my favorite club here in Wienertown, and it was great but weird. Their new songs all sound like the very first songs they wrote and recorded. And most of the old songs they played were from that first fully shredding masterpiece, Pink Flag. It's like they've decided, after thirty years, that they were right the first time. Sort of inspiring.

5 comments:

Beatrix said...

just googled, wire+fluc to see any reviews.. i was there last night, too. i'm an australian studying in vienna at the moment and could not resist the opportunity to see wire when i found out they were playing.

thought they opened fairly slowly but after that psych instrumental about halfway through, i completely lost myself. they are fucking wizards, and so brazen! i left completely elated and a born-again fan

pat said...

Hi Beatrix, thanks for dropping by. I wondered aloud to a friend about their former guitarist BC Gilbert, and he told me the band kicked Gilbert out. That was funny too: after thirty years, you don't boot a guy out of your band for missing rehearsals or smoking in the van. I wonder what it was....?

Ed Ward said...

A power struggle that's been going on forever, which the other guys now figure is resolved. Trust me on this. I'm very jealous you got to see them, though. Looks like I moved out of Berlin just in time to avoid seeing them there, too.

Lisa said...

I can't believe i missed that. Saw them in NYC and DC when they started playing again a few years back ad it was soooo good. I never hear about any of these shows in Vienna until after, not sure where to look.

pat said...

Yeah, I never hear about things either, but I just go to the Fluc. Sometimes I go to the Jugend ticket office on the Ring, and that place is always stocked with flyers for all the upcoming shows and club nights. If I was a non-family man, I'd go there and just check out everything with an interesting graphic/poster/invite card.....