WHORE -- VARIOUS ARTISTS PLAY WIRE

cover of WHORE - VARIOUS ARTISTS PLAY WIRE (Wire tribute)

Released in 1995 by Wire Mail Order, a various artists compilation of different bands covering different Wire tunes. Will eventually be followed by a "companion" CD of sorts featuring various artists doing their versions of the Wire song "Drill," which will also include Band of Susans. This was actually recorded (I think) after Band of Susans disbanded, and thus the only members here under the Band of Susans name are actually Robert Poss and Susan Stenger.

All songs written by Gilbert/Gotobed/Lewis/Newman except "A Question Of Degree" (Lewis/Newman), "On Returning" (Newman), "A Mutual Friend" (Lewis/Newman), "Being Sucked In (Again)" (Newman), "Map Ref...." (Lewis/Newman/Gilbert), "Outdoor Miner" (Lewis/Newman), "Used To" (Gilbert/Lewis), and "The 15th" (Newman).

Mastered by Denis Peckham at Porky's.
Executive producers: Kevin S. Eden and Charles K. Snider
Design/images: David Coppenhall

Notes for the Band of Susans track "Ahead," by Susan Stenger:

We are often asked if Wire was one of our "influences." We were aware of them when we started the band, but they become much more -- inspiration is a better word -- later, when we toured with them in America in 1988. A lot of people wanted to see them play their old songs, but they were adamant about not doing this. There were some great songs on A BELL IS A CUP WHEN STRUCK and THE IDEAL COPY -- long and droney and mysterious; performed live, those songs acquired a new, raw power. Bruce's playing was a model of understated grandeur, and the Yin and Yang (or was it Yang and Yin?) of Colin and Graham was at times truly magical. Robert (Gotobed) never seemed to take Robert (Poss)'s praise of his masterful high-hat/kick/snare technique seriously, but those wonderful stripped-down-to-the-essentials drum parts certainly were inspiring. We chose to cover "Ahead" because it was always one of the high points of their set. When the 1988 tour started we'd only done a handful of gigs. By the end, partly thanks to Wire, we had become a real band.

Tracks:

Godflesh -- 40 Versions
Lush -- Mannequin
Resolution -- It's A Boy
aMiniature -- A Serious Of Snakes
Kustomized -- A Question Of Degree
Band of Susans -- Ahead
Bark Psychosis -- Three Girl Rhumba
The Ex-Lion Tamers -- On Returning
Spasm -- 12XU
Fudge Tunnel -- Lowdown
Laika -- German Shepherds
Chris Connelly -- A Mutual Friend
Carl Marks -- Eastern Standard
The Petty Tyrants -- Our Swimmer
Scanner -- Eardrum Buzz
Polar Bear -- Being Sucked In (Again)
Lee Ranaldo -- Fragile
My Bloody Valentine -- Map Ref 41` N 93` W
Transformer -- Outdoor Miner
Main -- Used To
Mike Watt -- The 15th