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Newsletter 2.1

September, 1997


Hello, and welcome to the first Wire Mail Order Newsletter exclusive to the Internet. All previous Newsletters (One to Twelve) are still available, albeit on the web. The format remains the same; we hope to give you news and updates on the music and activities of the members of Wire: Bruce Gilbert, Robert Gotobed, Graham Lewis, and Colin Newman—along with news of forthcoming releases on our WMO label.


Wir's 1993 radio session for ORF, Vienna is finally released this month by Touch as a digipack CD single called Vien. It contains two tracks, The First Letter and Sexy And Rich (Janet), both are previously unreleased.


Yes, were still at it and have two releases to inform you about! Wire Coatings (WMO 14CD), a double CD of 14 tracks from their time with Mute Records is set for an October 21st release. Included are remixes, alternate versions and the 1988 John Peel Session. The full track list follows: Ambulance Chasers (original version), A Serious Of Snakes (alternate mix), Ambitious (alternate mix), Madman's Honey (alternate mix), Kidney Bingos (original mix), Its A Boy (instrumental), German Shepherds, Boiling Boy, Drill (from the Peel Session), In Vivo (club mix), Who Has Nine?, It Cant Be True Can It?, Gravity Worship.

Disc 2, which will only be available from Wire Mail Order, has the 18 minute remix of Ambitious created for the Stephen Petronio MiddleSex Gorge ballet.

Due in January is the Various Artists Play Drill Dugga Dugga Dugga (WMO 8CD) CD. It includes 20 interpretations of Drill by Baboon, Chris & Cosey, Crocodile Shop, Earth, Electric Company, Ex- Lion Tamers, Ibrahim, Incarnate, Lift Laboratories, Lucid, Miss Murgatroid, Phthalocyanine, Put Put, Rehberg/Bauer/Putoznik, Scaredycat, Solex, Malka Spigel, Twinkotherm, and Tom Watson. The whole lot has been handed over to Mark Gage (Vapourspace, Cusp) to mangle into a continuous Megamix track!

Graham Lewis

He Said Omala's Catch Supposes CD received it US release on WMO (through World Domination) this month. H.A.L.O's Immanent receives the same treatment but with the addition of four bonus tracks; the LFO remixes of Eclipsed plus Eyes Fly (Singfred).

A new He Said Omala CD Matching Crosses is awaiting release on Origin pending clearance of a Roy Orbison sample on a new track Bias. The remainder of the album has radical remixes from Catch Supposes by Decadence, Krister Linder, Jean-Louis Huhta, Bruce Gilbert and Edvard Graham Lewis. Release is expected in early 1998.


Colin Newman's Bastard was release in May in the UK and in July in the US; his first solo album in nine years. A limited edition, including a free CD single of the Voice EP, is available whilst stocks last.

Forthcoming Swim releases for the remainder of 1997 include the debut from Ronnie & Clyde In Glorious Black and Blue on October 21st. Highly recommended! Future releases lined up for 1998 are the new Pablo's Eye album, a new Malka Spigel album and the debut from Wallstar.

Bruce Gilbert

Bruce recently supplies a soundtrack for a group of installations and sound-works held at the Museum of Installation, 175 Deptford High Street, London, between July 5th—26th 1997.

On September 10th Bruce appears live on the Mego Records Loveboat on the Danube, Linz as part of the Ars Electronic festival. He stays in Austria for a DJ-ing session at the Mega Boogie on 12th September as part of the Transmitter Festival in Hohenems (near Swiss border).

Bruce is also to provide support for the upcoming European leg of the Labradford tour in October/November. Check local press for details.


Newsletter 2.2 will be out in December 1997.

Continued thanks to all who wrote about the closure of the snail-mail edition of this. We are still alive and running despite rumors to the contrary, and are happy to receive letters and questions about everything Wire related!