1977 - Pink Flag. Punky as befitted the times, but still with occasional strangeness ("Strange", "Reuters", "Pink Flag" and one or two others). A band that were a definite synthesis of their influences but who had something else to say, though they didn't know what it was at the time.
1978 - Chairs Missing. Wire let their expression loose more than a little. Still the same angular, punk songs to a limited extent, but they were post-punk, experimenting as much as they could, and creating genuine, long-lasting, timeless ART while most of the establishment "punk" groups were still spitting on their audiences and churning out lowest common denominator 3-chord s***e for the music industry mass market.
1979 - 154. Event Horizon. Nothing like this had been done before. It was almost as if some higher being had said "OK, here you are, a musical gift from the Gods". Their progress in such a short time was nothing less than supernatural. There was no point releasing another album for many years (and they didn't), such was the impact of this album. OK, it sold about 30 copies, but they said the same thing about the VU. I saw Wire a couple of times a few years ago, and I was dumbstruck. Wish I'd seen them in their pomp, but they are SUCH an important band to me that I still viewed it as a privilege. Check out the Rockpalast footage on YouTube, it's primitive but a fantastic document of Wire playing these songs live. I wish I'd been in this band, just to get the feeling they must have had when they recorded this masterpiece.