Wire Discography (to 1991)

Discographies compiled by Kevin S. Eden © 1999
(with thanks to Andrew Westmeyer)

All original UK releases unless otherwise stated plus any CD reissues available at the time of going to press. Foreign releases have been listed where they differ from a UK release. All albums are vinyl unless stated. All singles are 7" vinyl unless stated.

ALBUMS

PINK FLAG

(Harvest - SHSP 4076 - November 1977)

Reuters, Field Day For The Sundays, Three Girl Rhumba, Ex-Lion Tamer, Lowdown, Start To Move, Brazil, It's So Obvious, Surgeon's Girl, Pink Flag :: The Commercial, Straight Line, 106 Beats That, Mr. Suit, Strange, Fragile, Mannequin, Different To Me!, Champs, Feeling Called Love, 12XU

Issued on CD (Harvest - CDGO 2063 - July 1994) with extra tracks:

Dot-Dash, Options R

Issued on Japanese CD (EMI-Toshiba - TOCP 8726 - 1995) (as above CD) with further extra tracks:

Love Ain't Polite, Oh No Not So, It's The Motive, Practice Makes Perfect, Sand In My Joints, Stablemate, I Feel Mysterious Today, Underwater Experiences, Mary Is A Dyke, Too True, Just Don't Care, TV, New York City, After Midnight, Pink Flag

[N.B. All these tracks are taken from BEHIND THE CURTAIN CD. See below]

 

CHAIRS MISSING

(Harvest - SHSP 4093 - October 1978)

Practice Makes Perfect, French Film (Blurred), Another The Letter, Men 2nd, Marooned, Sand In My Joints, Being Sucked In Again, Heartbeat :: Mercy, Outdoor Miner, I Am The Fly, I Feel Mysterious Today, From The Nursery, Used To, Too Late

Issued on CD (Harvest - CDGO 2065 - July 1994) with extra tracks:

Outdoor Miner (single), A Question Of Degree, Former Airline       

Issued on Japanese CD (EMI-Toshiba - TOCP 8727 - 1995) (as above CD) with further extra tracks:

Dot-Dash, Options R, From The Nursery, Finistaire, No Romans, Another The Letter, 40 Versions, Blessed State, A Touching Display, Once Is Enough

[N.B. All these tracks are taken from BEHIND THE CURTAIN CD. See below]

 

154

(Harvest - SHSP 4105 - September 1979)

I Should Have Known Better, Two People In A Room, The 15th, The Other Window, Single K.O., A Touching Display, On Returning :: A Mutual Friend, Blessed State, Once Is Enough, Map Ref 41(N 93(W, Indirect Enquiries, 40 Versions

Initial copies released with free 4 track EP (PSR 444): 

Song 1 (Gotobed), Get Down Parts 1 & 2 (Newman) :: Let's Panic Later (Lewis), Small Electric Piece (Gilbert)

Issued on CD (Harvest - CDGO 2064 - July 1994) with extra tracks:

Song 1, Get Down Parts 1 & 2, Let's Panic Later, Small Electric Piece, Go Ahead

Issued on Japanese CD (EMI-Toshiba - TOCP 8729 - 1995) as (above CD) with further extra tracks:

Stepping Off Too Quick, Indirect Enquiries, Map Ref 41(N 93(W, A Question Of Degree, Two People In A Room, Former Airline

[N.B. All these tracks are taken from BEHIND THE CURTAIN CD. See below]

 

DOCUMENT & EYEWITNESS

(Rough Trade - ROUGH 29 - July 1981)

5/10, 12XU (fragment), Underwater Experiences, Everything's Going To Be Nice, Piano Tuner (Keep Strumming Those Guitars), We Meet Under Tables :: ZEGK HOQP, Eastern Standard, Instrumental (Thrown Bottle), Eels Sang Lino, Revealing Trade Secrets, And Then..., Coda

Recorded live at Electric Ballroom 29.2.80

Released with 12" (Rough 2912):

Go Ahead, Ally In Exile, Relationship, Underwater Experiences :: Witness To The Fact, Two People In A Room, Our Swimmer, Heartbeat

Recorded live at Notre Dame Hall 19.7.79, except Heartbeat recorded at Montreaux 9.3.79

Issued on CD (Mute - WIRE 80 CD - April 1991) with extra tracks:

Our Swimmer, Midnight Bahnhof Cafe

and as limited edition box set (WIRE 80 CDX) with:

Kidney Bingos CD single (CDMUTE 67) and In Vivo CD single (CDMUTE 98)

 

THE IDEAL COPY

(Mute - STUMM 42 - April 1987)

Point Of Collapse, Ahead, Madman's Honey, Feed Me :: Ambitious, Cheeking Tongues, Still Shows, Over Theirs

Issued on CD (Mute - CDSTUMM 42) with extra tracks:

Ahead (alternative version), A Serious Of Snakes, Drill, Advantage In Height, Up To the Sun, Ambulance Chasers (live), Feed Me (live), A Vivid Riot Of Red (live)

Issued on DAT (Enigma - 772 279-2 - May 1988) (US only) (as above CD) except:

Ahead (alternative version) replaced by Ahead (7" version)

 

A BELL IS A CUP...UNTIL IT IS STRUCK

(Mute - STUMM 54 - May 1988)

Silk Skin Paws, The Finest Drops, The Queen Of Ur & The King Of Um, Free Falling Divisions, It's A Boy :: Boiling Boy, Kidney Bingos, Comeback In Two Halves, Follow The Locust, A Public Place

Issued on CD (Mute - CDSTUMM 54) with extra tracks:

The Queen Of Ur & The King Of Um (alternative version), Pieta, Over Theirs (live), Drill (live)

 

IT'S BEGINNING TO AND BACK AGAIN

(Mute - STUMM 66 - May 1989)

Finest Drops, Eardrum Buzz, German Shepherds, Public Place, It's A Boy :: Illuminated, Boiling Boy, Over Theirs

Issued on CD (Mute - CDSTUMM 66) with extra tracks:

Eardrum Buzz (12" version), The Offer, In Vivo

 

MANSCAPE

(Mute - STUMM 80 - May 1990)

Patterns Of Behaviour, Goodbye Ploy, Morning Bell, Small Black Reptile, Torch It! :: Other Moments, Sixth Sense, What Do You See?, Where's The Deputation?, You Hung Up Your Lights In The Trees/A Craftsman's Touch

Issued on CD (Mute - CDSTUMM 80) with extra tracks

Life In The Manscape, Stampede, Children Of Groceries

Issued on Japanese CD (Alfa - ALCB 109) (as above CD) with 3 track CD:

Who Has Nine?, It Can't Be True Can It?, Gravity Worship

 

THE DRILL

(Mute - STUMM 74 - April 1991)

In Every City?, What's Your Desire?, Arriving/Staying/Going?, (A Berlin) Drill :: Do You Drive? (Turn Your Coat), Jumping Mint?, Did You Dugga?, Where Are You Now?

Issued on CD (Mute - CDSTUMM 74) with extra track:

(A Chicago) Drill (Live)

 

SINGLES

Mannequin / Feeling Called Love, 12XU

(Harvest - HAR 5144 - November 1977) also on 12"

I Am The Fly / Ex-Lion Tamer

(Harvest - HAR 5151 - February 1978)

Dot-Dash / Options R

(Harvest - HAR 5161 - June 1978)

Outdoor Miner / Practice Makes Perfect

(Harvest - HAR 5172 - January 1979) limited edition on white vinyl.

Outdoor Miner different from album version

A Question Of Degree / Former Airline

(Harvest - HAR 5187 - June 1979)

Map Ref 41(N 93(W / Go Ahead

(Harvest - HAR 5192 - November 1979)

Our Swimmer / Midnight Bahnhof Cafe

(Rough Trade - RTO 79 - September 1981)

Crazy About Love / Second Length (Our Swimmer), Catapult 30

(Rough Trade - RT T123 - March 1983) 12"

Snakedrill:

A Serious Of Snakes, Drill / An Advantage In Height, Up To The Sun

(Mute - 12MUTE 53 - November 1986) 12"

Ahead / Feed Me (live)

(Mute - MUTE 57 - March 1987)

Ahead, Ambulance Chasers (live) / Feed Me (live), A Vivid Riot Of Red (live)

(Mute - 12MUTE 57 - March 1987) 12"

Ahead, Ahead (7" version) / Ambulance Chasers (live), Feed Me (live), A Vivid Riot Of Red (live)

(Enigma - V-75503 - April 1987) 12" (US only)

Kidney Bingos / Pieta

(Mute - MUTE 67 - February 1988)

Kidney Bingos, Over Theirs (live) / Drill (live), Pieta (la piccolo)

(Mute - 12MUTE 67 - February 1988) 12"

Kidney Bingos, Drill (live), Pieta

(Mute - CDMUTE 67 - February 1988) 3" CD

Kidney Bingos, Pieta / Over Theirs (live), Drill (live), Pieta (la piccolo)

(Restless - 72245-0 - April 1988) 12" (US only)

(Restless - 72245-4 - April 1988) cassette single (US only)

Kidney Bingos, Over Theirs (live), Drill (live), Pieta (la piccolo)

(Restless - 72245-3 - April 1988) 3" CD (US only)

Silk Skin Paws (7" remix) / German Shepherds

(Mute - MUTE 84 - June 1988)

Silk Skin Paws (12" remix), German Shepherds / Ambitious (remix), Comeback In Two Halves (re-recorded)

(Mute - 12MUTE 84 - June 1988) 12"

(Mute - CDMUTE 84 - June 1988) 3" filofax CD

(Restless - 72299-4 - July 1988) cassette single (US only)

Eardrum Buzz / The Offer

(Mute - MUTE 87 - April 1989)

Eardrum Buzz / The Offer, It's A Boy (instrumental)

(Mute - 12MUTE 87 - April 1989) 12"

Eardrum Buzz, Silk Skin Paws (7" remix), A Serious Of Snakes, Ahead (12" version)

(Mute - CDMUTE 87 - April 1989) 3" CD

Eardrum Buzz, Eardrum Buzz (7" edit) / The Offer, It's A Boy (instrumental)

(Enigma - 75040-0 - April 1989) 12" (US only)

(Enigma - 75040-3 - April 1989) 3" CD (US only)

(Enigma - 75040-4 - April 1989) cassette single (US only)

Eardrum Buzz (7" edit), Eardrum Buzz

(Enigma - 75040-4 - April 1989) cassette single (US only)

Buzz Buzz Buzz:

Eardrum Buzz (live) / Ahead (live), Kidney Bingos (live)

(Mute - LMUTE 87 - April 1989) limited edition 12"

In Vivo (7" mix) / Illuminated (7" mix)

(Mute - MUTE 98 - July 1989)

In Vivo (12" mix) / Illuminated (12" mix), Finest Drops (live)

(Mute - 12MUTE 98 - July 1989) 12"

In Vivo (7" mix), In Vivo (12" mix), Illuminated (12" mix), Finest Drops (live)

(Mute - CDMUTE 98 - July 1989) 3" CD

In Vivo (7" mix) / Stillbird (excerpts from 'Drill')

(Mute - LMUTE 98 - July 1989) limited edition 7"

In Vivo (dance remix), In Vivo (dance remix instrumental), In Vivo (dance remix edit) / Illuminated (remix), Finest Drops (live)

(Enigma - 75044-0 - July 1989) 12" (US only)

In Vivo (dance remix edit), In Vivo (dance remix)

(Enigma - 75044-4 - July 1989) cassette single (US only)

Life In The Manscape (album version), Life In The Manscape (7" remix), Life In The Manscape (12" remix), Gravity Worship, Who Has Nine?

(Enigma - 75553-2 - June 1990) 5" CD (US only)

[N.B. Although 7" and 12" remixes appear, they were not released on these formats.]

 

COMPILATIONS

HERE IT IS...AGAIN

(Sneaky Pete - 334882 - Feb 1985)

Lowdown (live), Dot-Dash, Mannequin, Map Ref 41(N 93(W, Outdoor Miner, I Am The Fly, 12XU (live), Field Day For The Sundays, Reuters :: Three Girl Rhumba, Champs, Options R, Sand In My Joints, Being Sucked In Again, Mercy, A Question Of Degree, I Should Have Known Better, On Returning

 

WIRE PLAY POP

(Pink - PINKY 7 - March 1985)

Lowdown, Dot-Dash, Mannequin, Map Ref 41(N 93(W :: Outdoor Miner, I Am The Fly, 12XU

 

IN THE PINK

(Dojo - DOJOLP 36 - August 1986)

Pink Flag, 12XU, Map Ref 41(N 93(W, Reuters, Brazil, Different To Me :: Practice Makes Perfect, Outdoor Miner, I Am The Fly, I Should Have Known Better, The Other Window, Single K.O., A Mutual Friend

 

THE PEEL SESSIONS

(Strange Fruit - SFPS 041 - December 1987) 12"

Practice Makes Perfect, I Am The Fly / Culture Vultures, 106 Beats That

Issued on CD (Strange Fruit - SFPS CD041 - January 1990)

 

ON RETURNING (1977-1979)

(EMI - SHSP 4127 - July 1989)

12XU (live), It's So Obvious, Mr. Suit, Three Girl Rhumba, Ex-Lion Tamer, Lowdown, Strange, Reuters, Feeling Called Love, I Am The Fly, Practice Makes Perfect, French Film (Blurred) :: I Feel Mysterious Today, Marooned, Sand In My Joints, Outdoor Miner (single), A Question Of Degree, I Should Have Known Better, The Other Window, 40 Versions, A Touching Display, On Returning

Issued on CD (EMI - CDP 7 92535 2) with extra tracks:

Straight Line, 106 Beats That, Field Day For The Sundays, Champs, Dot Dash, Another The Letter, Men 2nd, Two People In A Room, Blessed State

 

THE PEEL SESSIONS ALBUM

(Strange Fruit - SFR 108 - January 1990)

Practice Makes Perfect, I Am The Fly, Culture Vultures, 106 Beats That, On Returning, A Mutual Friend, The Other Window, Indirect Enquiries :: Crazy About Love

Issued on CD (Strange Fruit - SFRCD 108) (reissued in May 1996)

 

154 PINK CHAIRS

(Antler-Subway - CX6005 - 1992) Belgian CD

Dot-Dash, Reuters, Ex-Lion Tamer, Lowdown, Pink Flag, Mannequin, 12XU, Options R, Practice Makes Perfect, Another The Letter, Men 2nd, Marooned, Being Sucked In Again, Heartbeat, Outdoor Miner, I Am The Fly, Used To, I Should Have Known Better, Two People In A Room, The 15th, The Other Window, Single K.O., A Touching Display, On Returning, Map Ref 41(N 93(W, 40 Versions, Let's Panic Later

 

THE A LIST (1985-1990)

(Mute - STUMM 116 - May 1993) Double Album

Ahead, Kidney Bingos, A Serious Of Snakes, Eardrum Buzz :: Drill, Ambitious, In Vivo, The Finest Drops :: Madman's Honey, Over Theirs, Silk Skin Paws, The Queen Of Ur & The King Of Um, :: Torch It!, Advantage In Height, Point Of Collapse, Feed Me

Issued on CD (Mute - CDSTUMM 116)

 

BEHIND THE CURTAIN

(EMI - CDGO 2066 - May 1995) CD

Mary Is A Dyke, Too True, Just Don't Care, TV, New York City, After Midnight, Pink Flag, Love Ain't Polite, Oh No Not So, It's The Motive, Practice Makes Perfect, Sand In My Joints, Stablemate, I Feel Mysterious Today, Underwater Experiences, Dot-Dash, Options R, From The Nursery, Finistaire (aka Mercy), No Romans, Another The Letter, 40 Versions, Blessed State, A Touching Display, Once Is Enough, Stepping Off Too Quick, Indirect Enquiries, Map Ref 41(N 93(W, A Question Of Degree, Two People In A Room, Former Airline

[The first 6 tracks were recorded live at The Roxy, London WC2, April 1977. The remainder are unreleased demos for the 3 Harvest albums]

 

TURNS AND STROKES

(WMO - WMO 4CD - May 1996) CD

Safe, Lorries, A Panamanian Craze?, Remove For Improvement, The Spare One, Over My Head, 12XU, Inventory, Ritual View, Part Of Our History, Second Length (Our Swimmer), Catapult 30

[All tracks are live and previously unreleased, except 'Second Length (Our Swimmer)' and 'Catapult 30']

Issued as Double Album (WMO - WMO4LP - September 1996) US only

Safe, Lorries, Remove For Improvement, The Spare One, Over My Head :: 12XU, Inventory, Ritual View, Part Of Our History :: A Panamanian Craze? :: Second Length (Our Swimmer), Catapult 30

 

COATINGS

(WMO - WMO 14CD - October 1997) 2CD

Ambulance Chasers (original version), A Serious of Snakes (alternate mix), Ambitious (alternate mix), Madman's Honey (alternate mix), Kidney Bingos (original mix), It's A Boy (instrumental), German Shepherds (John Peel Session), Boiling Boy (John Peel Session), Drill (John Peel Session), In Vivo (club mix), Who Has Nine?, It Can't Be True Can It?, Gravity Worship :: Ambitious (MiddleSex Gorge)

 

OTHER APPEARANCES

THE ROXY, LONDON WC2 (Harvest - SHSP 4069 - August 1977)

two live tracks: Lowdown, 12XU

THE RARE STUFF (EMI - SHSM 2028 - May 1979)

two tracks: Dot-Dash, Options R

BURNING AMBITIONS: A HISTORY OF PUNK (Cherry Red - DRED 3 - December 1982)

one track: 12XU

Issued on CD (Cherry Red - CD DRED 3 - 1988)

POGO A GOGO (New Musical Express - NME 021 - 1985) cassette

one track: Dot-Dash

MIXED PEEL - THE BBC JOHN PEEL SESSIONS (New Musical Express - NME 033 - 1987) cassette

one track: I Am The Fly

ENIGMA VARIATIONS 2 (Enigma - SQBB 73427 - 1987) US CD

two tracks: Ahead, Drill

INDIE TOP 20 VOL - 1988 (Beechwood - CD 88 LP - 1988)

one track: Kidney Bingos

STATE OF INDEPENDENTS Indie Top 20 Vol. IV Part 1 (Beechwood - TT 041 - 1988)

one track: Kidney Bingos

GIGANTIC (Melody Maker - May 1989) cassette

one track: Kidney Bingos (re-mix)

INDIE TOP 20 VOL VII (Beechwood - TT 07 - 1989)

one track: Eardrum Buzz

INDIE TOP 20 VOL VIII (Beechwood - TT 08 - 1990)

one track: In Vivo

NEVER MIND THE MAINSTREAM... THE BEST OF MTV's 120 MINUTES VOL 2  (Rhino/Warner - R2 70546 - 1991) US CD

one track: Eardrum Buzz

INTERNATIONAL (Mute - CDSTUMM 40 - February 1991) CD

one track: Drill (Turn Your Coat)

TONAL EVIDENCE (Mute/Elektra - 9 61111-2 - March 1991) US CD

one track: Drill (In Every City)

THE TYRANNY OF THE BEAT (Mute - AGREY 1 - September 1991) CD

one track: Our Swimmer (live)

DIY - THE MODERN WORLD - UK PUNK I (1976-1977) (Rhino - R2 71171 - 1992) US CD

one track: 12XU

DIY - THE MODERN WORLD - UK PUNK II (1977-1978) (Rhino - R2 71172 - 1992) US CD

one track: I Am The Fly

THE BEST OF PUNK ROCK VOL 1 (Priority - P2 53759 - 1993) US CD

one track: Ex-Lion Tamer

FASTER & LOUDER: HARDCORE PUNK VOL 2 (Rhino - R2 711225 - 1993) US CD

one track: 12XU

THE BEST OF PUNK ROCK VOL 3  (Priority - P2 53761 - 1994) US CD

one track: 12XU

TONAL EVIDENCE 7 (Mute - TONALCD 7 - February 1994) CD

one track: A Serious Of Snakes

EXPLODED VIEWS (Collana Sconcerto - SCONC 25 - May 1994) Italian book with CD

four tracks: Sixth Sense, What Do You See?, 12DrillU, Underwater Experiences (all live 1990)

PUNK YOU VOL 1 (EMI - 7243 8 35737 2 - 1995) CD

one track: Reuters

THE BEST PUNK ALBUM IN THE WORLD... EVER! (Virgin - VTDCD 42 - January 1995) 2CD

one track: I Am The Fly

PUNK - THE WORST OF TOTAL ANARCHY VOL 2 (Disky - PU 860572 - May 1995) CD

one track: Outdoor Miner (single)

UNHEARD PLEASURES (Select Magazine - October 1995) cassette

one track: Eardrum Buzz (live)

GIVE IT SOME PUNK (Receiver - RRCD 210 - 1996) CD

one track: 12XU (live)

THE BEST PUNK ALBUM IN THE WORLD... EVER! 2 (Virgin - VTDCD 79 - March 1996) 2CD

one track: Outdoor Miner

LOST PROPERTY (EMI - CDEMTVD 122 - May 1996) 2CD

one track: I Am The Fly

UNITED KINGDOM OF PUNK (Music Collection - 50037 - 1997) US CD
one track:
New York City (live)

CHAINS & SAFETY PINS: THE NEW WAVE (EMI - ????? - April 1997) CD

one track: Outdoor Miner

HISTORY OF PUNK VOL 2 (Virgin - CDOVD 087 - June 1997) CD

one track: Mannequin

BE THERE NOW (Select Magazine - SELECT 001 - November 1997) CD

one track: Outdoor Miner

A HISTORY OF PUNK (Receiver - RDPCD 11 - October 1997) 2CD

one track: 12XU (live)

1,2,3,4: PUNK AND NEW WAVE 1976-1979 (Universal - MCD 60066 - January 1999) 5CD

one track: Mannequin

UNCONDITIONALLY GUARANTEED 3 (Uncut Magazine - UG-4-10 - April 1999) free CD

one track: Map Ref 41(N 93(W

HARVEST FESTIVAL (EMI -              August 1999) 5CD

4 tracks: Reuters, I Should Have Known Better, A Touching Display, I Am The Fly

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