Wire's 'Pink Flag' (33 1/3 Series)

  • by Wilson Neate
  • Narrated by Julian Elfer
  • 4 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

In contrast with many of their punk peers, Wire were enigmatic and cerebral, always keeping a distance from the crowd. Although Pink Flag appeared before the end of 1977, it was already a meta-commentary on the punk scene and was far more revolutionary musically than the rest of the competition. Few punk bands moved beyond pared-down rock 'n' roll and garage rock, football-terrace sing-alongs or shambolic pub rock and, if we're honest, only a handful of punk records hold up today as anything other than increasingly quaint period pieces. While the majority of their peers flogged one idea to death and paid only lip service to punk's Year Zero credo, Wire took a genuinely radical approach, deconstructing song conventions, exploring new possibilities and consistently reinventing their sound. "THIS IS A CHORD. THIS IS ANOTHER. THIS IS A THIRD. NOW FORM A BAND", proclaimed the caption to the famous diagram in a UK fanzine in 1976 and countless punk acts embodied that do-it-yourself spirit. Wire, however, showed more interesting ways of doing it once you'd formed that band and they found more compelling uses for those three mythical chords.

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Is this a joke

I’m not in the audiobook business but I assume that a professional outfit like Audible would expect that the people reading their books would do basic research. Hilariously throughout this ‘performance’ the reader calls the Wire song ‘12XU’ (ie ‘one, two, ex you’), ‘Twelve X U’. Anyone with even a passing acquaintance with the Pink Flag album would know what this song was called, and this misnaming is jarring (1) because it’s wrong and (2) because we, the listeners, are paying someone who gives less than a shit about what he’s reading.

Does this sound petty? I guess it might, to someone who doesn’t know the song ‘12XU’. To someone who does, the repetition of the error gets more ridiculous and irritating (I suppose also slightly funny) as it goes on, as the mistake is made so many times throughout. It does indicate a lack of care.

The book itself is as thorough and detailed as one might expect and perhaps this makes the ‘twelve XU’ even more ridiculous!
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Book Details

  • Release Date: 26-07-2012
  • Publisher: Audible Studios