Like many great albums of yesteryear, Wire’s debut, Pink Flag did very little commercially at the time of its release in 1977. It has fortunately and rightly since been awarded ‘classic’ status by fans and critics alike. Elastica also owe this album a debt of gratitude, check out Three Girl Rhumba. Available as special edition, remastered 2CD with book on Pink Flag, demos and alternative mixes, remastered vinyl LP and standard digipak remastered CD.
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9/10 Greg H Customer review, 14th October 2018
In November 1977, four London-based punk experimentalists laid down 'Pink Flag', an album that laid down the blueprint for what would later come to be known as post-punk. Whilst not achieving the levels of commercial success attained by either Public Image Ltd or Killing Joke, the quartet, Wire, would arguably become more influential than both of those bands, influencing artists in genres as wide-ranging as Britpop and hardcore punk. It only last 36 minutes, but over the course of that time, the band smash through 21 songs, many of which are now established classics within the band's canon, including 'Three Girl Rhumba', '12XU', and 'Ex Lion Tamer'. For my money, this is Wire's best album, and one of the best post-punk albums. Modern-day hype bands like Iceage, Eagulls, and IDLES would be nowhere without this.
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