A–Z (album)

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Studio album by Colin Newman
Released October 1980
Recorded 1980 at Scorpio, London, England
Genre Post-punk, gothic rock
Label Beggars Banquet
Producer Mike Thorne
Colin Newman chronology
Provisionally Entitled the Singing Fish

A–Z is the debut studio album by Colin Newman, lead singer for post-punk band Wire. It was released in October 1980, through record label Beggars Banquet.

"Alone" and "Not Me" were covered by This Mortal Coil on the albums Filigree & Shadow and It'll End in Tears, respectively. "S-S-S-Star Eyes" was covered by P-Model and released as a supplementary cassette to an issue of the band's fan club newsletter. "Alone" was used in the 1991 film The Silence of the Lambs.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Newman, except as noted. 

Side A
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "I've Waited Ages"     5:05
2. "& Jury"   Newman, Desmond Simmons 2:47
3. "Alone"   Graham Lewis, Newman 3:57
4. "Order for Order"     2:44
5. "Image"     4:18
6. "Life on Deck"     3:12
Side B
No. Title Length
1. "Troisieme"   4:09
2. "S-S-S-Star Eyes"   2:09
3. "Seconds to Last"   7:07
4. "Inventory"   2:11
5. "But No"   3:06
6. "B"   2:58
Additional tracks on CD release (1988)
No. Title Length
1. "The Classic Remains"   3:52
2. "Alone On Piano"   1:56
3. "This Picture"   3:31
4. "Not Me"   2:39
5. "Don't Bring Reminders"   2:22

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4.5/5 stars[1]
Robert Christgau B+[2]

By the critics who reviewed it, A–Z has been very well received. AllMusic wrote, "A-Z truly deserves to be held in the same regard as Pink Flag, Chairs Missing and 154".[1]


  • Colin Newman – guitar, vocals, album cover
  • Desmond Simmons – bass guitar, guitar
  • Mike Thorne – synthesizer, keyboards, production
  • Robert Gotobed – drums
  • Billy Bragg - clarinet on "Troisieme"
  • A. Newman – album cover
  • Harvey Goldberg – engineering
  • Dennis Weinreich – engineering
  • Steve Parker – engineering
  • Malti Kidia – sleeve layout and typography
  • Jack Skinner – cutting


  1. ^ a b Kellman, Andy. "A–Z – Colin Newman: Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards: AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 15 February 2013. 
  2. ^ Christgau, Robert. "Robert Christgau: CG: Colin Newman". robertchristgau.com. Retrieved 15 February 2013. 

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