June 6, 2014 – 3:52 am

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Amsterdam 2003 [no label, 1CD]

De Konkurrent Festival. Live at the Paradiso, Amsterdam, The Netherlands; May 24, 2003. Very good FM broadcast.

Wire came to prominence through the cultural revolution of punk in the UK, the effects of which were felt throughout the latter half of the 1970s. Immediately fluent in the language of contrariness and paradox, Wire’s very name was both industrial and poetic, blank and eerie. More than any other group from that period, Wire embraced the purpose of punk as a minting of otherness and newness - as a response to the notion of modernity itself reaching critical mass. - pinkflag.com

Interview with guitarist Colin Newman:

The thing about older bands is that you’ve got this dynamic. There’s one thing with the “back from the dead” kind of touring when a band that hasn’t been around in twenty years suddenly comes back, and everyone has to see them because they best see them before they’re all dead. And it’s like, Yeah that’s all very well, but you can only do it once. And the thing with the “back from the dead” sort of thing is that they’re pretty good but they’re not really as good as they were back in the day. They weren’t really as exciting.

I don’t want to be in that position with Wire. I would rather people think we sound like crap because we don’t sound anything like what we did then rather than than for people to think we sound like a pale imitation of what we used to sound like. We’ve been quite assiduous in the way that we’ve worked over the years, so that we’ve climatized our audience to the idea that Wire isn’t going to lay down and just do the old dog tricks. We’re going to keep coming up with new things, challenging ourselves and the audience. And people respond to that.
- Guitarworld.com, May 2012

Thanks to Cyrus for sharing the tracks at Dime. Cyrus also added: “Thank you, Puzzle Oyster!”

Picture by Alex Vanhee, posted at pinkflag.com - Thanks!

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Track 01. 99.9 5:33 (9.3MB)
Track 02. Germ Ship 1:46 (3.0MB)
Track 03. Mr Marx’s Table 5:07 (8.6MB)
Track 04. First Fast 1:32 (2.6MB)
Track 05. Read & Burn 2:53 (4.9MB)
Track 06. The Agfers of Kodack 3:35 (6.0MB)
Track 07. Comet 2:47 (4.7MB)
Track 08. In The Art of Stopping 3:41 (6.2MB)
Track 09. Spent 3:58 (6.7MB)
Track 10. I Don’t Understand 5:03 (8.6MB)
Track 11. Strange 3:34 (6.0MB)
Track 12. 106 Beats That 1:24 (2.3MB)
Track 13. Surgeon’s Girl 2:20 (3.9MB)
Track 14. Pink Flag 7:28 (12.5MB)
51 mins

Bruce Gilbert - guitar
Graham Lewis - bass, vocals
Colin Newman - guitar, vocals
Robert Gotobed - drums

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  1. 5 Responses to “WIRE - AMSTERDAM 2003”

  2. I saw Wire at the Ritz in NYC and they had a Wire cover band open for them to get the old stuff out of the way.

    By the blob on Jun 6, 2014

  3. @the blob:
    I’ll bet that was cool. As I recall the cover band was called Ex Lion Tamers. What a great tour concept that was.

    Thank you for the post. I never tire of this band. Much post punk sounds frozen in time to me, but Wire never does to my ear. Great to hear them making their racket on the boards.

    By kingpossum on Jun 7, 2014

  4. Class, as ever, Big O. Thank you.

    By E on Jun 8, 2014

  5. Thank you for the Wire!

    By peskypesky on Jun 9, 2014

  6. Thanks for this. I saw them last year and there was no cover band required - they performed both old and new material with aplomb: http://anearful.blogspot.com/2013/07/live-wire-week-of-legends-part-1.html#.U5hioXI7u-0

    By Jeremy Shatan on Jun 11, 2014

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