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    There's been a summary biography of Wire floating around on the web for a while that refers to Wire's alleged "Situationist political stance" without citation. Being that Wire is one of my favorite groups and I enjoy the ideas of SI, it would be terrific if someone could shed a little light on this claim; is there some interview existing somewhere in which the members explicitly refer to their identifying with Situationism? Perhaps an idea extrapolated from Wire's oblique lyrics by an over-zealous fan.
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    Over-zealous fan? None of those round here! ;)
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    Certain writers, like Michael Bracewell for example, tend to position Wire's early modus operandi within a Situationist ethic, amongst other approaches. I seem to remember him making this kind of reference in the flag:burning programme notes. My impression is that it's never really been a conscious stance on Wire's part. The intrigue of their obliqueness and ambiguity certainly throws things open for various modes of interpretation, which to me has been far more interesting than making specific hardcore political alignments.
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    From memory did Bernie Rhodes, The Clash Manager not try push the Situationist idea onto
    that band early on??
    In fact were not a few bands in 1976(circa) deemed to be situationist??
    Wire being part of that explosion back then?
    Agree with Fergus, in his last sentence.
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    as was Talcy Malcy with the Pistols. He & Rhodes were lefty/arty students during '68. can't remember. but they may have gone to Paris to be on the FRINGES of the riots there! they certainly took inspiration from that period.
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    I find that Factory and ZTT in the late 70s/early 80s had a much stronger tendency to run with the Situationist angle - both camps proudly proclaiming it frequently - than Wire. In fact, I'd be surprised if they ever made an outright claim of aligning themselves with any particular stance/ideology/etc - indeed, their entire career both as Wire and other projects would seem to move fast enough in more directions than could be pigeonholed by any particular blanket classification.

    That said, there are certainly Situationist themes running through all their work - the Jeanette Cochran shows, some of Dome's working practice (the recording of Kluba Cupol, for example).

    But whether a decision to align with the Situationist ideology was consciously made or not... I kind of doubt it. But couldn't say for certain.
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    Don't believe everything you read on the internet!! Wikipedia a few years back described Wire as being a political punk band very influenced by throbbing gristle.. The "Electric Ballroom" (Document & Eyewitness) had vague situationist overtones but to be honest the intention was more performance art related if memory serves well.
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    Silk Skin Paws is a very political song, however.
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    To me Wire just make a wonderful noise, what more can you ask for?
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    Tea and biscuits with that if you please.................