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  1.  
    How about a collaboration with Mark Smith & Michael Clark on a post-punk opera?

    Either that or a film score. Quite like the work British Sea Power have done on film scores in recent times.

    I'm sure Wire could dip their toe into this arena?
  2.  
    " All your suggestions will be taken on board (and ignored :) "

    Ha, good for you! I often wonder about those bands who crowd source everything and involve their fans in deciding their musical direction. Probably fun for fans but not sure that's the best way to make interesting new records. I'm sure Wire has plenty more up its sleeve...
  3.  
    "On board and ignored" Well, there's the title already ;-)
  4.  
    swimhq...re: ary baroso . I thought as much. I think it was very bad research by the author Alex Bellos.

    "Ary Barroso wrote many of Carmen Miranda's most famous songs.He also wrote the light samba 'Aquarela do Brasil', translated to 'Brazil', which is one of the most performed pieces of music of all time.It has been recorded by as diverse artists as Frank Sinatra, Wire, Kate Bush and S'Express. " from page 240 of aforementioned tome.


    http://alexbellos.com/?page_id=37
  5.  
    "Aquarela do Brasil" is a song that probably everybody knows, although maybe the title is not as popular as the song itself.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0aeBq5H3O2I
    Absolutely nothing in common with the Wire song, of course.
  6.  
    I'd really like to hear an album where Graham was the featured vocalist and the pieces tailored to his performances. He's such an expressive vocalist and it seems like he sings on fewer pieces in recent years. But maybe that would disrupt the current tour-friendly beat combo format of the group?
    • CommentAuthorcc says...
    • (CommentTimeApr 9th 2013 edited)
     
    "I'd really like to hear an album where Graham was the featured vocalist and the pieces tailored to his performances. He's such an expressive vocalist and it seems like he sings on fewer pieces in recent years. But maybe that would disrupt the current tour-friendly beat combo format of the group?"

    I agree, but I think you might be right as to why not. I've noticed that Graham has a little trouble with his vocals live. Well, I'm sure Colin does too, but it's more noticeable on the Graham-ologues.
  7.  
    I seem to recall that this is mostly down to the originator of the 'song'—for the most part, Graham sings 'his' songs and Colin sings 'his' songs. (Lyrics, note, are generally Graham's, although not always.)
  8.  
    As Colin quoted in the interview I had with him.....

    “Graham sings his songs – I sing his lyrics – different thing.”

    http://www.mudkiss.com/colinnewmaninterview.htm

    BTW - did anyone see this???

    http://www.mudkiss.com/wirechangealbum.htm
  9.  
    Seen. Nice review.

    “Graham sings his songs – I sing his lyrics – different thing.” Well, a change for the next album could then be to have Graham singing Colin's songs (which in turn Colin can sing himself live).
    I totally agree with "I'd really like to hear an album where Graham was the featured vocalist and the pieces tailored to his performances". If not a whole album at least a 50%-60% of it.
  10.  
    That's the "DNA" issue. Wire have an instinctive knowledge of what makes a Wire song or what fits elsewhere.

    BTW I've already told Colin my next idea. Expect that album some time in the latter half of 2025.

    M
  11.  
    "Expect that album some time in the latter half of 2025"

    Putting in my order now through Greedbag - should just about get it in time for the release date ;-)
  12.  
    "If not a whole album at least a 50%-60% of it."

    I guess anyone desperate for this can always relisten to Manscape and The First Letter!
  13.  
    A Matt vocal might be interesting
  14.  
    Coupled with a Matt lyric?
  15.  
    Or.....maybe even a vocal from the singer here back in 1976.....

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bMQfVlUmI4g
  16.  
    Iron out the American inflections (no offence, Americans) and ignoring the actual song itself and that's not a bad voice, and not what I'd anticipated. Mind you, given Rob's oft touted stance of Rob "only wants to drum" i fear it's unlikely
  17.  
    I agree. I'd not heard that before, but Rob's vocal is actually rather good. He doesn't seem the frontman type, though, even for a short while.
  18.  
    My suggest would be, write enough songs, record them, mixed and master them, put them out and I'll buy them.

    Anybody else in on the final part of the process with me?
  19.  
    I realize this is more for us than them, but I'll play along.

    1. Definitely use the guitar to compose.
    2. The best work seems to have been influenced strongly by some external new thing (technology, art, adding new band member, losing band member) so find something new to jar your muse into action and incorporate it into the mix. We like new as much as you do.
    3. Make it a double.
    4. Wrap it in as much ephemera as possible. We love that stuff.

    Cheers!