Turns and Strokes

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Turns and Strokes
Turns and Strokes front cover.gif
Compilation album by Wire
Released May 1996
Recorded 19 July 1979 at Notre Dame Hall, London (tracks 1 and 2)
November 1979 at Stoke Newington (track 3)
10 November 1979 at Cochrane Theatre (tracks 4–6)
29 February 1980 at Electric Ballroom (tracks 7–10)
Genre Post-punk, experimental rock
Label Nai
Wire compilation album chronology
Behind the Curtain
(1995)Behind the Curtain1995
Turns and Strokes
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic3/5 stars[1]

Turns and Strokes is a live compilation album by English rock band Wire. It was released in May 1996, consisting of various live recordings and rehearsal tapes from 1979 and 1980 with versions of previously unavailable songs, as well as two cuts from the band's EP release.[2] In some ways, it can be considered a follow-up to the band's 1981 release Document and Eyewitness. The album cover, which features a saltire, was originally the cover for the band's 1983 single "Crazy About Love".

Track listing[edit]

1."Safe"Graham Lewis, Colin Newman1:38
3."A Panamanian Craze?"Lewis16:15
4."Remove for Improvement"Bruce Gilbert, Newman1:56
5."The Spare One"Gilbert, Robert Gotobed, Lewis, Newman2:58
6."Over My Head"Gilbert, Gotobed, Lewis, Newman4:10
7."12XU"Gilbert, Gotobed, Lewis, Newman2:07
9."Ritual View"Gilbert, Lewis2:36
10."Part of Our History"Gilbert, Gotobed, Lewis, Newman6:02
11."Second Length (Our Swimmer)"Gilbert, Gotobed, Lewis, Newman2:49
12."Catapult 30"Gilbert, Gotobed, Lewis, Newman5:03


  • Denis Blackham – mastering
  • Dave Coppenhall – design
  • Kevin S. Eden – liner notes
  • Bruce Gilbert – design
  • Steve Parker – engineer
  • Annette Wakefield – photography
  • Dennis Weinreich – engineering


  1. ^ Victor W. Valdivia. "Turns and Strokes". Allmusic. Retrieved 22 February 2012. 
  2. ^ "Turns and Strokes - Wire | Songs, Reviews, Credits | AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 2018-03-19. 

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