154 (album)

154 (album)
154
Studio album by Wire
Released September 1979 (1979-09)
Recorded 1979 (1979)
Genre Post-punk
Length 44:27
Label United Kingdom Harvest Records (original release)
pinkflag (reissue)
United States Warner Bros. Records (original release)
Restless Records (1989 reissue)
Pinkflag (2006 CD reissue)
4 Men With Beards (2006 vinyl reissue)
Producer Mike Thorne
Wire chronology
Chairs Missing
(1978)
154
(1979)
Document and Eyewitness
(1981)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[1]
Pitchfork Media (9.1/10.0)[2]
Robert Christgau (B)[3]
Rolling Stone (very positive)[4]
Smash Hits 7.5/10 stars Oct 18-31, 1979

154 is the third album from the band Wire, released in 1979 (see 1979 in music) on EMI imprint Harvest Records in the UK and Europe and Warner Bros. Records in America. It was first issued on CD in 1987 by EMI Japan and later reissued by Restless Records in 1989. First editions of the vinyl album were accompanied by an EP, the tracks from which are included on the Harvest CD, issued in 1994, along with an additional bonus track. The new remastered release, released by Pinkflag (America) as digipacks in 2006, does not contain any extra tracks, because, according to the band, such additions dishonour the "conceptual clarity of the original statements." link The album is so named because the band had played 154 gigs in their career at the time of the album's release.

Contents

Track listing

Side one
  1. "I Should Have Known Better" (Graham Lewis) – 3:51
  2. "Two People in a Room" (Colin Newman, B. C. Gilbert) – 2:09
  3. "The 15th" (Newman) – 3:04
  4. "The Other Window" (Lewis, Gilbert) – 2:07
  5. "Single K.O." (Lewis) – 2:22
  6. "A Touching Display" (Lewis) – 6:55
  7. "On Returning" (Newman) – 2:05
Side two
  1. "A Mutual Friend" (Lewis, Newman) – 4:26
  2. "Blessed State" (Gilbert) – 3:28
  3. "Once Is Enough" (Newman) – 3:23
  4. "Map Ref. 41°N 93°W" (Lewis, Newman, Gilbert) – 3:36
  5. "Indirect Enquiries" (Lewis, Newman) – 3:34
  6. "40 Versions" (Gilbert) – 3:27
Bonus EP (included on 1979, 1987, 1989, 1994 and 1995 releases)
  1. "Song 1" (Robert Gotobed, Newman, Desmond Simmons) – 3:02
  2. "Get Down (Parts 1 and 2)" (David, Gotobed, Newman, Simmons, TV Smith) – 4:27
  3. "Let's Panic Later" (Lewis) – 3:20
  4. "Small Electric Piece" (Gilbert) – 3:33
Bonus track (included on 1994 and 1995 releases)
  1. "Go Ahead" (Gilbert, Gotobed, Lewis, Newman) – 4:01
Bonus tracks (1995 Japanese release only)
  1. "Stepping Off Too Quick" (Gilbert, Gotobed, Lewis, Newman) – 1:22
  2. "Indirect Inquiries" (sic) (Lewis, Newman) – 3:18
  3. "Map Ref. 41°N 93°W" (Lewis, Newman, Gilbert) – 3:49
  4. "A Question Of Degree" (Lewis, Newman) – 2:56
  5. "Two People In A Room" (Newman, Gilbert) – 2:02
  6. "Former Airline" (Gilbert) – 1:12

Tracks 19-24 are demo versions that have also appeared on compilations such as Behind the Curtain and After Midnight.

Personnel

Wire
Additional personnel

External links

References

  1. ^ Huey, Steve. 154 (album) at Allmusic. Retrieved 2011-09-09.
  2. ^ Tangari, Joe (May 5, 2006). [1]. Archived July 15, 2011 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ "CG: wire". Robert Christgau. http://www.robertchristgau.com/get_artist.php?name=wire. Retrieved 2011-09-09. 
  4. ^ Loder, Kurt (Jan. 24, 1980). [2]. Archived March 24, 2009 at the Wayback Machine

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