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  1.  
    Akatombo, thats the winner for me!!
    (Mention of your name leads me to recall a Wire interview on Radio 3's late lamented 'Mixing It' where Colin played one of your tracks, and if I'm not mistaken Bruce Gilbert played a 'field recording' of a boiling kettle...)

    I have the say all the other members Book Title suggestions are better than the actual title 'The Lowdown' (the Lowdown on Wire..geddit?) which is the laziest, lamest idea for a Wire book title as could possibly be. I recall seeing Kevin Edens book in the shops and being intrigued by the title which I didn't get till many years later when I finally got sufficiently into Wire to listen to Manscape.

    So we shall see whether it comes out. Certainly, despite the financial quagmire Joe Public still seems to have a thirst for the printed word...I visited two branches of Waterstones today both of which resembled the aftermath of a particularly well attended jumble sale, and long queues...and the Music biog section had taken a hammering!

    Merrie Wombling Xmas Everybody!
  2.  
    "where Colin played one of your tracks"

    That was the excellent "Overheat" from the "Trace Elements" album, which totally won me over to Akatombo. I had to add it to my order for Send.

    "I recall seeing Kevin Edens book in the shops and being intrigued by the title which I didn't get till many years later when I finally got sufficiently into Wire to listen to Manscape. "

    Manscape ? A Bell Is A Cup... the title is derived from the Come Back In Two Halves...

    "So we shall see whether it comes out"

    Due out next May apparently.
  3.  
    Before this becomes some sort of love fest I'll add that I bought a copy of Trace Elements for my mate's birthday and he wasn't that keen, though as I once did a Wire compilation cassette for him and he didn't like that either, I guess you are in good company, Akatombo! ; )

    On a more serious note, I thought it was a really good album. Must dig it out and give it a listen.
  4.  
    ........... Emm, to the above; thank-you. Considering I`ve been through a hit-and-run, meningitis & some other sundry `delights` in the past wee while, it`s nice to be back & almost `there` again. New album is out in early Spring `09.
    I`ll be 46 on New Year`s Day - a cave in the hills awaits; until it`s all done & dusted. "Lang may yer` lums reek" indeed.
    NOW!! - back to being austere, grave & cerebral.
  5.  
    Akatombo Trace Elements was a great CD as are most Swim releases!

    Always someone worse off than you no matter how bad it seems

    More crap tiltes:

    The Other Book
    Four People in a Beat Combo
    Another the Book
    On Returning
    Used To
    Once Was Not Enough
    4 Versions
    23 Years Too Late


    etc etc