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Friday, January 14, 2011

302. "Mannequin" by Wire

The last time I did Wire, it was more than half the lifetime of the project ago, and a superobscurity even by Wire standards. This, by contrast, is probably one of their best known songs. I made it faster, a feat which would be difficult with many of the songs on Pink Flag, but works fine on this one. Come to think of it, R.E.M. did the same thing with "Strange". Really, the idea that all the songs on the record are fast and short is one of those weird cliches that isn't even true. It would be nice to think of Wire as a sort of artsy Ramones, but they've always confounded expectations... even retrospective expectations of their first release, I guess.


  1. Gonna have to disagree with you on the "super-obscure" status of "German Shepherds" - which was actually the last Wire song you did. My guess is you were thinking of "And Then...Coda"...which certainly qualifies as super-obscure.

    Dude. You need to hire a librarian.

  2. Hooray! More Wire! And nice job on it.

  3. Jeff, you're right, but you're wrong. "German Shepherds" was a cover of Laika's cover of the Wire original. That said, I clearly stuck to the Wire template, and yeah, I just forgot that I'd done it. It even has my favorite mandolin playing on it.