Behind the Curtain (album)

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Behind the Curtain
Compilation album by Wire
Released 5 May 1995
Recorded 1977–1978
Genre Post-punk, art punk, punk rock
Label EMI
Producer Mike Thorne
Wire compilation album chronology
1985-1990: The A List
(1993)
Behind the Curtain
(1995)
Turns and Strokes
(1996)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[1]
Robert Christgau B+[2]

Behind the Curtain is a compilation album by English rock band Wire. It was released in 1995, composed of outtakes and early versions of songs from 1977–1978. Amongst the first songs on the compilation come from the band's first live performance at The Roxy in London in April 1977. Following these are officially previously unreleased studio tracks, and previously unreleased versions of songs that were released in finished versions.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Mary Is a Dyke"   Bruce Gilbert, Robert Gotobed, Graham Lewis, Colin Newman 1:08
2. "Too True"   Gilbert, Gotobed, Lewis, Newman 1:05
3. "Just Don't Care"   Gilbert, Gotobed, Lewis, Newman 1:22
4. "TV"   Gilbert, Gotobed, Lewis, Newman 1:26
5. "New York City"   Gilbert, Gotobed, Lewis, Newman 1:12
6. "After Midnight"   J.J. Cale 1:30
7. "Pink Flag"   Gilbert, Gotobed, Lewis, Newman 2:35
8. "Love Ain't Polite"   Gilbert, Gotobed, Lewis, Newman 1:05
9. "Oh No Not So"   Gilbert, Gotobed, Lewis, Newman 1:37
10. "It's the Motive"   Gilbert, Gotobed, Lewis, Newman 1:24
11. "Practice Makes Perfect"   Gilbert, Newman 3:49
12. "Sand in My Joints"   Lewis 1:51
13. "Stablemate"   Gilbert, Gotobed, Lewis, Newman 2:17
14. "I Feel Mysterious Today"   Lewis, Newman 1:41
15. "Underwater Experiences"   Gilbert, Gotobed, Lewis, Newman 3:15
16. "Dot Dash"   Lewis, Newman 2:20
17. "Options R"   Lewis 1:51
18. "From the Nursery"   Lewis, Newman 2:53
19. "Finistaire"   Lewis, Newman 2:17
20. "No Romans"   Gilbert, Gotobed, Lewis, Newman 1:12
21. "Another the Letter"   Gilbert, Newman 1:07
22. "40 Versions"   Gilbert 3:19
23. "Blessed State"   Gilbert 3:14
24. "A Touching Display"   Lewis 5:19
25. "Once Is Enough"   Newman 2:39
26. "Stepping Off too Quick"   Gilbert, Gotobed, Lewis, Newman 1:24
27. "Indirect Inquiries"   Lewis, Newman 3:20
28. "Map Ref. 41 Degrees North 93Degrees West"   Gilbert, Lewis, Newman 3:50
29. "A Question of Degree"   Lewis, Newman 2:58
30. "Two People in a Room"   Gilbert, Newman 2:04
31. "Former Airline"   Gilbert 1:12

Personnel[edit]

Production
  • Tim Chacksfield – project co-ordination
  • Kevin S. Eden – compilation, liner notes
  • Bruce Gilbert – concept
  • Graham Lewis – concept
  • Jon Savage – compilation, liner notes
  • Mike Thorne – producer
  • Jon Wozencroft – compilation, liner notes, design

References[edit]

  1. ^ Andy Kellman. "Behind the Curtain". Allmusic. Retrieved 24 February 2012. 
  2. ^ Robert Christgau. "Wire". robertchristgau.com. Retrieved 24 February 2012. 

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