77's most creative punk band continues their experimental march across the decades
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Of the multitude of punk records that dropped in 1977, that most infamous year of youthful musical rebellion, Wire’s “Pink Flag” looked furthest into the future while simultaneously embodying the exuberance of excitement of the early days of punk rock. Wire rejected their rock n’ roll forbearers as utterly as possible on “Pink Flag” in favor of angular and crunchy blasts that were among the most memorable of the era, before moving onto more experimental compositions later in their career that would pave the way for shoegaze, new wave, and art rock. The band’s latest incarnation, after numerous hiatuses, miraculously includes three of the original founding members, including vocalist and primary songwriter Colin Newman.