A–Z (album)

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Colin newman a-z.jpg
Studio album by Colin Newman
Released October 1980
Recorded 1980
Studio Scorpio, London, England
Genre Post-punk[citation needed]
Language English
Label Beggars Banquet
Producer Mike Thorne
Colin Newman chronology
Commercial Suicide
(1986)Commercial Suicide1986

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.

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4.5/5 stars[1]
Robert Christgau B+[2]
Head Heritage favourable[3]

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


"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 tracks written by Newman, except where 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
7. "Troisieme" 4:09
8. "S-S-S-Star Eyes" 2:09
9. "Seconds to Last" 7:07
10. "Inventory" 2:11
11. "But No" 3:06
12. "B" 2:58


  • Colin Newman – guitar, vocals, album cover
  • Desmond Simmons – bass guitar, guitar
  • Mike Thorne – synthesizer, keyboards, production
  • Robert Gotobed – drums
  • Charles Bullen – 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. 
  3. ^ Parkes, Jason (5 June 2007). "Julian Cope Presents Head Heritage | Unsung | Reviews | Colin Newman – A–Z". Head Heritage. Retrieved 19 August 2016. 

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