154 (album)

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154
Studio album by Wire
Released September 1979 (1979-09)
Recorded 1979 (1979)
Genre Post-punk
Length 44:41
Label Harvest (UK) / Warner Bros. (US)
Restless (1989 reissue)
Pinkflag (2006 CD reissue)
4 Men with Beards (2006 vinyl reissue)
Producer Mike Thorne
Wire chronology
Chairs Missing
(1978)
154
(1979)
Document and Eyewitness
(1981)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[1]
Robert Christgau B[2]
The Guardian 5/5 stars[3]
Pitchfork 9.1/10[4]
Rolling Stone very favourable[5]
Smash Hits 7½/10[6]
Stylus Magazine unfavourable[7]

154 is the third album by the English post-punk band Wire, released in 1979 (see 1979 in music) on EMI imprint Harvest Records in the UK and Europe and Warner Bros. Records in America. 154 peaked at number 39 in the UK albums chart, the highest position the band has achieved.[8] It was first issued on CD in 1987 by EMI Japan and later reissued by Restless Records in 1989. First editions of the vinyl album were accompanied by an EP, the tracks from which are included on the Harvest CD, issued in 1994, along with an additional bonus track. The new remastered release, released by Pinkflag as digipacks in 2006, does not contain any extra tracks, because, according to the band, such additions dishonour the "conceptual clarity of the original statements."[9] The album is so named because the band had played 154 gigs in their career at the time of the album's release. Pitchfork Media listed 154 as 85th best album of the 1970s.[10]

Track listing[edit]

Side One
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "I Should Have Known Better"   Graham Lewis 3:52
2. "Two People in a Room"   Colin Newman, B. C. Gilbert 2:00
3. "The 15th"   Newman 3:05
4. "The Other Window"   Lewis, Gilbert 2:07
5. "Single K.O."   Lewis 2:23
6. "A Touching Display"   Lewis 6:55
7. "On Returning"   Newman 2:06
Side two
No. Title Writer(s) Length
8. "A Mutual Friend"   Lewis, Newman 4:28
9. "Blessed State"   Gilbert 3:28
10. "Once Is Enough"   Newman 3:23
11. "Map Ref. 41°N 93°W"   Lewis, Newman, Gilbert 3:40
12. "Indirect Enquiries"   Lewis, Newman 3:36
13. "40 Versions"   Gilbert 3:28

Tracks 19–24 are demo versions that have also appeared on compilations such as Behind the Curtain and After Midnight.

Personnel[edit]

Wire
Additional personnel

References[edit]

  1. ^ Huey, Steve. "154". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 29 February 2012. 
  2. ^ Christgau, Robert. "Wire". Retrieved 29 February 2012. 
  3. ^ Simpson, Dave (3 March 2006). "Wire, 154". The Guardian. Retrieved 29 February 2012. 
  4. ^ Tangari, Joe (5 May 2006). "Wire: Pink Flag / Chairs Missing / 154". Pitchfork. Retrieved 29 February 2012. 
  5. ^ Loder, Kurt (24 January 1980). Rolling Stone. 
  6. ^ Starr, Red (1979). "Albums. Wire: 154". Smash Hits (18–31 October). p. 29. 
  7. ^ Soto, Alfred (6 September 2006). "Wire – 154". Stylus Magazine. Archived from the original on 3 March 2012. Retrieved 29 February 2012. 
  8. ^ "Wire (Albums)". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 30 August 2013. 
  9. ^ http://posteverything.com/news/article.php?id=13620
  10. ^ Pitchfork staff (23 June 2004). "Staff Lists: Top 100 Albums of the 1970s". Pitchfork. Retrieved 30 August 2013. 

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