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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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Kevin Ayers - Shooting At The Moon
This is from that same period. He's such an unusual artist. I could have chosen the first album but I'll choose Shooting At The Moon because I saw him play when I was in Coventry and it was just absolutely extraordinary. It was the group that had Herbie Flowers, David Bedford, Mike Oldfield... This was another John Peel thing. I heard 'Joy Of A Toy', 'The Lady Rachel', 'Stop This Train' with Robert Wyatt playing drums, and all that early Soft Machine stuff which he liked. It's beautiful, things like 'May I?', incredibly gentle, beautiful love songs. Sexy. That gentle and sexy thing has always been there in Wire. When you think of 'Blessed State', which is Bruce's song, absolutely beautiful. There's always that temptation to make it simple; Colin with his white hat and us with our black hats, that's the tension. It's not as if we haven't been accused of being obscure on occasion, or opaque. But usually it's the things that people think are opaque are the things that are straight reportage. People do it, you see it, you write it. Real life is stranger than fiction but it seems as if in popular song it's not - it makes real life really dull and not about love, negotiation, and mess, and passion.


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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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Jun 21, 2016 7:52am

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Jun 21, 2016 7:52am

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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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