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The Ideal Copies: Graham Lewis Of Wire's Favourite Albums
Luke Turner , April 15th, 2015 13:44

As Wire continue their five-night London residency as part of the tQ co-curated DRILL:LEXINGTON festival, their bassist and lyricist gives Luke Turner a tour of his top 13 records

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Neil Young - After The Gold Rush
I heard this when I was living up in the North East by listening to Kid Jensen. I had On The Beach, but hearing After The Gold Rush... Somehow Jensen had it, it was released in the States before it came to Europe, and I remember being really impressed by the sound and content. I think Neil Young is an example of somebody who is successful and very curious, and I think the freedom that he got, financial freedom as much as anything, he took that and turned it into his obsessions, his railway collections and whatever else. That meant he could go, 'I can do what I want to do, so I will'. It's still the tone on the guitar, and the two-note guitar solo, it's astonishing. Why have more when you can sound that good? He's in Wire's minimalism, and you can see his influence go right through - I'm not saying people are trying to emulate him, but you can see it in Earth, in Sunn O))), it's there. The only person who is comparable, and they're totally different, is Scott Walker. It's this obsessive curiosity of wanting to find out what would happen if I do that or apply this to this. And courting failure; publish and be damned. In that way I was going to name him, because I couldn't have Blue by Joni Mitchell. Look I've snuck that one in there. The happy thing with being in Wire was that we could talk about these records, because there was more to life than punk's ground zero, or whatever it was supposed to be. How many great punk records are there? First Ramones album? You know what I mean.


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Louise "Louise" Castellanos
Apr 15, 2015 2:38pm

GREAT list-- great artist/musician-- and the Klara Lewis album is really good, even if she is... Graham's daughter. All of Graham's solo albums-- not including myriad with Bruce Gilbert, which are great things themselves-- are estimble in weird and wondrous ways. He even killed on a cover of "Suzanne," which ain't easy--

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sEJgVBjErlA&

In the Top 5 all-time Baker's Dozens, accept no less. (Worst BD has to be Butch Vig always.)

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Summer
Apr 15, 2015 2:59pm

"What was the most disappointing gig you ever went to of someone you really liked?"

I was amused to see this pop up as the answer for me is Wire, at the South Bank 10 years or so ago. They were playing their old stuff, maybe they were bored - certainly they've made good records since. Nice list with lots of enthusiasm.

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phelix
Apr 15, 2015 8:21pm

His last album All Over is fantastic.
Van the Man

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Taun Aengus
Apr 15, 2015 9:02pm

Great bunch from a great guy and bassplayer etc etc etc

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mckenzieg
Apr 16, 2015 7:15pm

`How many great punk records are there? First Ramones album? You know what I mean` ... Hmm, not really.

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Paul K in Brooklyn
Apr 16, 2015 11:37pm

"May I" and "Blessed State" - two personal faves - nice link there Graham!

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Graham Lewis
Apr 17, 2015 2:58pm

In reply to Louise "Louise" Castellanos:

Obviouss ommissions due to interview time limit pressure
Of course New Rose, Modern Dance, Spiral Scratch
Stranded and more...apologies for misleading emphasis!

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Rich
Apr 17, 2015 8:52pm

I'm have a rip of that C90 please.

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JC
Apr 17, 2015 9:28pm

I'd love to hear that C90 as well!

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John
Apr 18, 2015 4:07pm

Last saw them Reading Festival 1990 - they were really good.

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John
Apr 18, 2015 4:13pm

"Dave Coppenhall [compiler] - Around The World On A C90 Cassette"

is that anywhere I can listen to it ?

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Jim Goodson
Jun 21, 2016 7:52am

Always inarested in new ideas/music. Big world and hard to keep track of.

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Jim Goodson
Jun 21, 2016 7:52am

Always inarested in new ideas/music. Big world and hard to keep track of.

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Jim Goodson
Jun 21, 2016 7:52am

Always inarested in new ideas/music. Big world and hard to keep track of.

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Jim Goodson
Jun 21, 2016 7:52am

Always inarested in new ideas/music. Big world and hard to keep track of.

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Jim Goodson
Jun 23, 2016 6:58am

Always inarested in new ideas/music. Big world and hard to keep track of.

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