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1. Adam Franklin
2. Titania
3. Kick On the Floods
4. Timonium
5. Polar
6. Typewriter
7. Fiel Garvie
8. Lush
9. Experimental Aircraft
10. Above The Orange Trees
11. Christian Kiefer
12. Flying Saucer Attack
13. Boy Division
14. Sharron Kraus
15. The Meeting Places
16. Laura Watling
17. Should
18. The Sems
19. Junetile

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
"The Great Outdoors" 21 Jun. 2005
By altmalta - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
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`He lies on his side as he's trying to hide the fact it's the earth which he's known since birth.' And those are the most famous lines in Wire's most underrated (and they had a lot) single `Outdoor Miner'. As it has approached it's 25th anniversary, the label Words on Music have decided to celebrate by hunting down 19 artists to sing this irresistible post-punk tune. I know, I know, 19 people singing the same song over and over again - sounds boring.

But in all honesty, there is such a vast array of styles that the momentum never ceases. There's an indie pop version (Lush), a slowcore version (Timonium), a punk version (Boy Division) and even electronica (Juntile). Furthermore the majority of these bands hail from different countries: obviously the US and UK, but even Spain and Germany. To make this compilation even more desireable, Swervedriver frontman Adam Franklin has gone out of hiding to record a version as well! (his acoustic interpretation is a definite standout).

This compilation is testimony to the fact that Wire are still a relevant band and have left an imprint on music - mostly post-punk, and I can hear them in most of the current crop of bands that are popular today. What would Bloc Party and The Rakes sound like if this band didn't exist? Wire have had a big part to play in the music world. Whenever you hear a band with weird lyrics, simplistic but interesting chord changes, an innovative use of keyboard sounds, or even counting in French you know where their roots lie. This compilation is a testament to Wire's greatness and hopefully they'll be an influence to more bands on the way.
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A mixed bag, as with any compilation 16 Feb. 2013
By too_old_to_be_so_indie - Published on Amazon.com
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Years ago I noticed that many bands I liked ended up covering "Outdoor Miner" at some point, and I started collecting the cover versions. I was pleased to find some of those same tracks turn up here. Of course, as with any compilation, there are some good, some bad, and some middling, but there is enough stylistic variation that most people should find something they like (and probably also something they hate).

The comp is missing a couple of the covers I had collected, but you can buy them separately on Amazon as MP3s. The arists are Luna and The Blue Aeroplanes. And also there's the original Wire version (which was later reissued on a remastered compilation).
Entertaining 31 Mar. 2009
By Mr. Scott T. Allen - Published on Amazon.com
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For a song whose lyrics are, let's say, "cryptic" and are obviously repeated over and over again on the CD...this works. Versions vary widely, the bands appear to have put forth the effort to learn and "own" the tune. Favorites are by Polar and Lush. Sharron Krause is creative. Can't strongly recommend this CD because it's mostly mediocre, but if you keep the volume low it's OK to put on repeat, kick back and do some reading/writing/whatever.
Great Fun 22 Jan. 2013
By Kudraet - Published on Amazon.com
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I was really happy to find that other people are obviously as obsessed over this song as I have been. If you love Wire and love the song...you must get this album. There are some standouts, but the whole collection is solid imo. It was cool to see that the record company(Words on Music)is in my neighborhood. Great Fun!
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