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[Audio] – Wire – “Our Swimmer” (1981)

Posted in Audio by Soundslike on March 9, 2009


Wire – “Our Swimmer” (1981)

Wire’s “final” single (until the late-80s reformation) carries on Colin Newman’s catchy qualities (think “Outdoor Miner”) but, if I’m not mistaken, taking on a little Factory/99 Records dance/funk influence.  It grooves along with a one-note bassline, one chord (with that inimitable Wire guitar sound), double-tracked vocals, punchy drums, and bits of warm synth wash, slowly becoming more and more mutant-disco.  There’s a weirdly zen-like quality to the whole thing, surprisingly.  It would’ve been a proud way to move on, if they’d stuck with the break-up. [Wire is featured here in a mix of post-punk miniatures at Musicophilia]

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  1. Douglas said, on March 9, 2009 at 5:32 pm

    Not _quite_ their final pre-reunion single, actually–in 1983, they released a 12″ of “Crazy About Love,” their experimental 15-minute Peel-session piece, but the reason I mention it is that the B-side included “Second Length (Our Swimmer),” an excellent and very different remake of this song.

    • Soundslike said, on March 9, 2009 at 5:36 pm

      Wow, haven’t heard that one–sounds very cool, I’ll have to search it out. Thanks, Mr. Wolk!

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