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    I was fortunate enough to sit down and talk with Coling Newman and Graham Lewis before their gig in Auckland in January. We chatted for about 30 min. If you'd like to listen in, the unedited interview is available to be heard at
    Hope you enjoy it.

    Thanks for sharing Marty... great job with the interview too.
    That's a really good piece, thanks for sharing. You got a lot out of them in 30 mins,
    I think you've found the secret to a good Wire interview is to just hold the mic and let 'em go at it!
    • CommentAuthorcc says...
    • (CommentTimeJan 31st 2011)
    great work, Marty!

    still trying to appreciate and reconcile what Colin says about the different working methods album to album:

    so for RBT, they (he) wrote tunes in advance, then the band played together to work out their parts and arrangements.

    Send & O47 were more cut-and-paste: the cutting and pasting of _what_, if not parts that were worked up in jams (which they say they don't do), since the songs weren't written ahead of time?
    - and if this method involves just getting into the studio and assembling parts (recorded or written when?), how does this square with the notion that Wire needs "written instructions"?
    Colin has a massive sound bank of Wire sounds—drums, guitars, bass. For Send-era stuff, it was mostly Colin and Bruce sitting in Swim HQ hacking stuff into ProTools and making tracks that way, with Graham contributing the odd thing here and there that was heavily edited. My understanding of O47 is that there was a similar working process (minus Bruce) but that more editing happened when the songs were played live, which affected the recording. RBT was more traditional, in Colin starting out writing 'demo' songs on an acoustic guitar, and the band then playing together to rapidly fashion the songs. (Note: this is just my understanding of how these worked—theres every chance I've got a chunk of this arse-about-face.)
    • CommentAuthorcc says...
    • (CommentTimeFeb 1st 2011)
    thanks! this was the missing piece for me: "Colin has a massive sound bank of Wire sounds—drums, guitars, bass. " Didn't realize that this went beyond the archive that furnished Send. So we think O47 was still mining those sources? If so, I don't see when "more editing happened when the songs were played live" would have happened--you mean with gigs that took place during the composition of the album but before it was finished & released?
    With Send, songs were made and Wire learned to play those it could. With O47, songs were made but there was more of a process of playing stuff and evolving them. At least that's how I remember Colin talking about it.
    Thanks, Marty. Excellent interview.