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The kid from 41°N 93°W

 

In about 1978, I was a kid with a Rickenbacker bass, no talent, and a desire for different music, when I stepped into a music shop in Des Moines. I probably bought the only copy of 154 sold in Iowa. Now, over 20 years later, I find out the map reference is Des Moines, Iowa.

I no longer play cover versions of art rock/punk bands, and I was never good enough to play anything by Wire. That album just blew me away when I heard it. I had never heard anything like it before, and honestly, I don't think I've ever heard anything to match it since. I went through Magazine, Television, XTC, Eno, Fripp, Cale, PIL, Bauhaus, Cure, and so on, but nothing ever matched 154 for its out-of-the-box, light-years-ahead-of-its-time-status.

I imagine the band and its fans probably wondered what a kid from Des Moines, IA would think of all that. Now you know.

Joe Hadar

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