Wire Train

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Wire Train
Origin San Francisco, California, USA
Genres Alternative rock, new wave
Years active 1983–1992
Labels 415, Columbia, MCA
Past members Kevin Hunter
Anders Rundblad
Brian MacLeod
Jeffrey Trott
Kurt Herr
Federico Gil-Sola

Wire Train was a United States-based band who produced six albums in the 1980s and early 1990s. The band was originally formed as the Renegades in April 1983 in San Francisco. Wire Train signed to the local 415 Records label, also home to acts like Translator, Red Rockers, and Romeo Void, all of which found themselves with national distribution when 415 entered into a deal with Columbia Records.

Wire Train's first album, In a Chamber, made the national charts in 1984, as did its second, Between Two Words, in 1986, and fifth, No Soul No Strain, in 1993. Brian MacLeod replaced drummer Federico Gil-Sola for the second album, and Kurt Herr left during the making of Between Two Words, to be replaced by Jeffrey Trott for their third album, Ten Women, which also charted in 1987. Dave Sharp, guitarist with The Alarm, featured on that album's "Breakwater Days."

Wire Train (1990) and No Soul No Strain (1992) appeared on MCA Records. In 1993 MCA rejected their next effort, Snug, as "too weird".[1] Subsequently it has been released as a digital download through iTunes and Amazon.com in April 2009.

In 1996, the compilation CD Last Perfect Thing - A Retrospective was released, containing 16 tracks. The first pressings did not contain "Last Perfect Thing" but had "Half a Lifetime" instead. This became a collector's item since the inserts and jewel case contained no mention of "Half a Lifetime" but listed "Last Perfect Thing". Later pressings contained the correct track listing.[2]

Wire Train's "I Will Not Fall" appeared on the soundtrack for the film Point Break, while "I'll Do You" appeared in the game Scarface: The World Is Yours.

The band The Action Design covered two Wire Train songs ("I'll Do You" and "Chamber of Hellos") for the Endless Bummer movie soundtrack.

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