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  1.  
    I like the last Stooges album. Am I the only one?
  2.  
    The Weirdness? that got a critical mauling the likes of which i haven't seen since lou reed released Berlin.
  3.  
    The Weirdness is OK
    but get the vinyl as three of the four extra songs are better than most of the CD version!

    I like a hell of a lot of music. Amongst the bands mentioned by other WIRE fans, I must agree that Einsturzende Neubauten rank amongst one of the greatest achievements of the human race so far, and the moment I met Blixa Bargeld was the most dramatic and memorable meeting with anyone I've ever met from a band I respect.

    I also love the Minutemen and have all their old albums and all the Firehose albums. I spent a while spielin' with Mike Watt in the bar after the Minutemen duo played with Shellac and Throbbing Gristle (another couple of bands that I would recommend to anyone with a brain) at the Nightmare Before Christmas. George Hurley didn't even mind when I spilt half a beer over him! If you like the Minutemen read the book "Our Band Could Be Your Life" by Michael Azerrad. What Mike Watt says about D. Boon is very moving. The chapter on the Butthole Surfers is one of the funniest things I've ever read. I laughed so hard I nearly choked to death and had to skip to the rather more serious Fugazi chapter. Hell I love both those bands and most of the other bands in that book (Mission of Burma, Black Flag, Replacements, etc.). The Butthole Surfers reformation was a damn good idea and I was lucky enough to pay witness to four of those gigs earlier this year.

    The Pop Group, Magazine, The Fall, Television, PiL, Pere Ubu, Banshees - hell if you haven't heard these bands and you dig WIRE you must do so right now! You should also make sure you hear Buzzcocks and Ramones as these were early influences on WIRE.

    Naked Raygun kicked ass and I also like Wall of Voodoo with Stan Ridgeway, but they weren't nearly as interesting after he left, and nor was he. "Mexican Radio" is one of those chart songs I loved as a kid that still sounds great today, especially that experimental remix on the 12".

    I saw the Ting Tings early on because they played a gig with the infinitely more talented Anni Rossi, and whilst I enjoyed them and can see why they've had the success they have, I wouldn't want to listen to their music out of choice. I loved the Damned back when they released "Phantasmagoria" on my birthday (THE FIFTEENTH) and was happy to find their earlier albums were even better, but the one time I saw them they hammed it up to an annoying degree and Sensible ruined everything with stupid wanky guitar solos whilst Scabies seemed as concerned with showing off and acting the fool as he did keeping the beat.

    Others not yet mentioned:

    Of course I must mention MELT BANANA from Tokyo,Japan
    {the greatest live band in the solar system},
    and
    KILLING JOKE
    {who perform magic rituals
    as opposed to gigs and are as much a
    philosophy as they are music.}

    I also love PJ HARVEY, COME, THE NEW YEAR, CHRIS BROKAW, CODEINE, SEAM, BARDO POND, THE DIRTY THREE, NOMEANSNO, BRAINIAC, CAPTAIN BEEFHEART, SONIC YOUTH, BOREDOMS, FAUST, CAN, LOOP, MAIN, PAN SONIC, FENNESZ, PHILIP JECK, MUDHONEY, CALIFONE, MY BLOODY VALENTINE, ANGELS OF LIGHT, YO LA TENGO, GUIDED BY VOICES, FLIPPER, KRISTIN HERSH, PIXIES, LEATHERFACE, GIRLS AGAINST BOYS, THE JESUS LIZARD, SLINT, RODAN and
    the THALIA ZEDEK BAND
    (just been back to Germany & Belgium to see them
    after all their English gigs were not enough)
    and many many more...

    As I typed this I was listening to a new promotional CD by Remember Remember on Rock Action (like the more polite aspects of Mogwai) and "Brutal Youth" by Elvis Costello from one of the many fine record stores in Bruxelles ("I am the genuine thing but to you its just history").

    Got a message from the action man who was just hanging around: It matters not a jot what Lewis and Newman say, I'd rather listen to the Stranglers and The Clash than D. Bowie any ol' day!

    "You'll get used to it after a spell
    Heaven is HELL in reverse"

    We could be heroes
    No more heroes anymore
  4.  
    David Bowie is pure genius. a cerebral connection. i too prefer the Clash (and Rancid). an alpha male/ testosterone thang, i guess.

    coming from a band as great as the Stooges, the Weirdness is one of the most godawful things i have ever heard. Iggy's *singing*
    reaches a new low. and the lyrics? "my dick is growing into a tree". Iggy, say it ain't so. (live show is still kick-ass).

    the eagles, america, and steely dan should all be banished to the 7th ring of Hell. if i ever commit hari-kari, these are the bands i'll be playing. (special mention to grand funk railroad, bachman-turner overdrive and the average white band).

    Lou Reed is the greatest songwriter ever, anywhere. "men of good fortune" is as relevant today as the day it was written.

    "ripple" by the Greatful Dead" is possibly one of the prettiest songs i've ever heard.

    one of the best live shows was Queen opening for Mott the Hoople in a Broadway theatre in nyc

    other faves: KINKS, CRAMPS, PLASMATICS, ZOMBIES, JOHN CALE, NICO, NEIL YOUNG, NICK LOWE,
    ELVIS COSTELLO, ART BRUT, ROXY MUSIC, JOE STRUMMER & the MESCALEROS, NINE INCH NAILS.

    also newly revived Mission of Burma: ONoffOn and the Obliterati (last two albums)

    fresh off the assembly line: MGMT, Of Montreal, Apes and Androids, Excepter.

    Life on Mars? : "Look at those cavemen go".
  5.  
    Hell is just Heaven in reverse.
  6.  
    I've seen Killing Joke live.

    It was definitely a gig. They sang songs and things.

    Thought I'd mention this in case anyone decides to go on the above recommendation and is disappointed that Jaz's beautiful assistant Youth doesn't saw him in half.

    (It was a rather good gig admittedly!)
  7.  
    Hitch Hikers Guide to the Galaxy by B. Leadon is an Eagles track I think.
    Better than many punk bands I reckon!
  8.  
    Your understanding of magic is somewhat limited it seems, Keith.
  9.  
    The Hitchhikers theme is "Journey of the Sorcerer" composed by Bernie Leadon; originally performed by the Eagles. The version now used is a re-record.
  10.  
    Monsieur Hell mentioned the mighty Shellac... I had the very great pleasure of seeing them play Dublin last night, and they were just magnificent. Earthy, direct, clean, tight. Sound like a scythe, slicing the air. I'd highly recommend catching their shows on the 30 & 31/10 in The Forum in London, 1/11 in The Custard Factory in Birmingham and 2/11 in the ABC in Glasgow. Their Q & A with the audience threw up a few corkers, which included this 'gem': "Sarah Palin - would ye ?" (give her one that is), to which Albini replied: "Not with a rented cock".

    I'll post a link to my photos when I have 'em up on Flickr.
  11.  
    But would he f**k Andrew Sachs' granddaughter?
  12.  
    You can't lump Steely Dan in with the Eagles, thats like lumping Wire in with Sham 69.

    Other bands? Too many to mention and need a constant supply of new music..
    Currently on rotation: The Drift, the new Deerhunter, Chrome's 'Alien Soundtracks', new Fennesz single, and Frank Bretschneiders 'Curve',

    but perennial faves according to the ipod:
    ACR, Animal Collective, Autechre, Beach Boys, Beatles, Biosphere, Black Dog, Boards of Canada, Broadcast, Cabaret Voltaire, Can, Chic, David Bowie, Deerhunter, The Fall, Fennesz, Gas, Half Man Half Biscuit, early Happy Mondays, High Llamas, J Dilla, Jan Jelinek, Phillip Jeck, John Foxx, Josef K, Joy Division/New Order, Kraftwerk, LFO, Liars, Luke Vibert, Magazine, Mew,My Bloody Valentine, OMD, Paik, Pere Ubu, Plaid, PiL, Ras G, Rhythm & Sound, Seefeel, Scott Walker, Serena Maneesh, Silo, SND, Spacemen 3, Sparks, Stereolab, Swelll Maps, Theo Parrish, This Heat, Throbbing Gristle, To Roccoco Rot, TV on the Radio, Velvet Underground, XTC.

    On top of that attempt to keep up with the electronic scene, currently dominated by Dubstep/Bass-heavy dub hybrids some of which is very dull and formularic but some of which is magnificent e.g Disrupt, Boxcutter, Andy Stott and LV.
  13.  
    >>You can't lump Steely Dan in with the Eagles, thats like lumping Wire in with Sham 69. <<


    Disagree. Steely Dan is West Coast MOR (jazz); Eagles is West Coast MOR (country). And Fleetwood Mac is West Coast MOR (blues).

    It makes complete sense when you're driving round LA on a sunny day, on American FM radio. But less sense when you're driving round Manchester in the rain.

    Mark
  14.  
    Bah, the mighty 'Dan aren't MOR. They're an obscure B Road, just off the Middle of the Road that leads to bumpy old dirt track of caustic lyrics and weird jazz chord structures and scarily obsessive over-production and off-scale weirdness. They're f**king ace!
  15.  
    Steely Dan, i just never got their faux jazz affectation. might be talented, i just find them grating.
  16.  
    Black Mountain is great.
  17.  
    My recent Shellac shots can be seen here, and my 2004 shots of them can be seen here.

    Also, as Mr. Hell mentioned Melt-Banana, my recent shots of them can be seen here, and my 2003 shots of them can be seen here
  18.  
    Oh & MOGWAI! i know they've been around a few years now, but the new lp is just awesome (not a word i bandy about will-nilly!)!
  19.  
    New Mogwai album is their best I think.
    Shame I missed their Manchester gig.
    I was in Brussels (again) with Thalia Zedek...

    http://www.myspace.com/thaliazedek
  20.  
    Tim wrote,
    "You can't lump Steely Dan in with the Eagles, thats like lumping Wire in with Sham 69. "

    I have a compilation CD called "Destroy" which fell off a Mojo in the porno newsagent opposite Afflecks palace and it features "Lowdown" alongside the Hersham Boys and the godlike genius of Johnny Moped and Eater. People of Earth, your attention please! I think this proves my point about punk rock vs. the Eagles...
    Welcome to the Hotel B. Obama, such a lovely place...

    Freakbag wrote,
    "David Bowie is pure genius. a cerebral connection. i too prefer the Clash (and Rancid). an alpha male/ testosterone thang, i guess."

    I can't stand Rancid. They sound like karaoke Clash, except I can do a better Joe Strummer impression than their singer. My preference of The Clash, The Stranglers and indeed the Sex Pistols over Bowie has much more to do with their superior songwriting and relevance to my own life than any dubious 'alpha male' notion. MicK Jones an alpha male? That's funny!

    You should hear my impression of Hugh Cornwell! If ever the Stranglers need a new punch bag... erm, on second thoughts don't ask.

    Whilst I can't deny his cultural magpie influence, D. Bowie has never written a song as moving as "Straight to Hell" or as caustically brilliant as "God Save the Queen" but "The Laughing Gnome" is nearly as funny as "Bring on the Nubiles" and his horrendous Pixies cover was even funnier.

    And I'm WAITing for the Meninblack
    Who Wants the World?

    The immigrants want to sing all night long