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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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Neu! -Neu!
Neu! has to represent Cluster, Conny Plank, Kraftwerk, David Bowie, Brian Eno. It's an extraordinary piece of work. I was introduced to it when I first went to art college. There was a guy called Tony Fowler who was the polytechnic DJ and he was a little bit older that everybody else. I wheedled my way in and became the sorcerer's apprentice or whatever, thinking I could get my taste on there instead. He played me this and at the time I was very confused by it. I thought I was quite... I listened to Captain Beefheart and Pink Floyd and good stuff, but this was really challenging, the minimalism I guess. I can honestly say it didn't make me go, 'Aha! This is ze future!', but many years later, after I'd had it in the car stereo, I remember Klara saying, 'Papa, you've been playing 'Hallogallo' for two years, can we hear something else?' I was going: 'But it fits! It fits! It's perfect every time!'


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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

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Jim Goodson
Jun 21, 2016 7:52am

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Jim Goodson
Jun 21, 2016 7:52am

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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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