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|Origin||San Francisco, California, USA|
|Genres||Alternative rock, new wave|
|Labels||415, Columbia, MCA|
|Past members||Kevin Hunter
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 and Romeo Void, all of which found themselves with a national distribution deal 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 Jeff 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". 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.
- In a Chamber (1983)
- Between Two Words (1985)
- Ten Women (1987)
- Wire Train (1990)
- No Soul No Strain (1992)
- Last Perfect Thing - A Retrospective (1996)
- Snug (2009)