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Chairs Missing [CASSETTE] [Import]

Wire Audio Cassette
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  • Audio Cassette (14 Sep 1989)
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Navarre Corporation/
  • ASIN: B00000EV6G
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 943,767 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great atmospheric album 2 April 2001
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
This is a great and influential record - ever wondered where Elastica got their sound from ? Something tells me they listened to this record a few times!!! It has a good mix of punk pop and atmospheric longer tracks - among the best are Practice makes Perfect, Marooned and Outdoor Miner. The lyrics are intelligent, the music veers between an atmospheric mix of synths and guitars to a few guitar driven tracks. This came out over 20 years ago and still sounds good now unlike a lot of its contemporaries. If you wanted a good introduction to Wire, or this period of music I'd say this is an essential part of anyones record collection.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Possibly best ever 'difficult second album' ever 10 Aug 2001
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
I recall two tracks on John Peel's show in the late 70s that really made me sit up and think 'I've never heard anything like that before'. One was 'Nag Nag Nag' by Cabaret Voltaire, the other was 'Practice Makes Perfect', the opener to this LP. There's nothing much to say - this is excellent from start to finish and, with Used To, has one of the finest evocations of paranoia ever recorded. If you buy just one Wire CD, though the first three are all classics, this isthe best of the bunch.
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36 of 39 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Practice Made Perfect.... 13 Feb 2006
By Jason Parkes #1 HALL OF FAME
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Wire were one of the few pioneers who took punk as an ethos rather than a fashionable uniform, 1977's classic debut 'Pink Flag' is remembered for the minimal songs which lasted a minute, or in some cases seconds (it's probably celebrated lots for having the original version of Elastica's 'Connection' on - 'Three Girl Rhumba'). But there were hints of things to come on 'Pink Flag' - the catchy-bleakness of 'Lowdown', the sinister rock of 'Reuters' & the whirring avant-pop of 'Strange' (later murdered by REM). 'Chairs Missing' followed these oblique directions and those advanced by 'I am the Fly' and 'Dot Dash' - though at the time Wire were probably tagged prog by those who didn't understand (Magazine also suffered from this with their great second LP 'Secondhand Daylight').
'Chairs Missing' these days seems to me one of the most influential albums, its blend of the angular, the avant, and something like pop can be detected in records found in its immediate wake - 'Dirk'-Adam & the Ants, Gang of Four, the Pop Group, 'No New York', Matt Johnson ('Burning Blue Soul' even featured Newman & Lewis) etc - and many that came after : Elastica, Blur, Franz Ferdinand, Minor Threat (who covered 12XU), Spoon, Radiohead, R.E.M. Wire are now cited as one of the key acts of the post-punk era alongside Pere Ubu, The Fall, Joy Division, Cabaret Voltaire, Throbbing Gristle & PIL. And why not???
Opener 'Practise Makes Perfect' opens with hypnotic guitar Gilbert & Newman's composition the definition of angular as the song builds around repetition: WAITING, WAITING...and they tap into another world. Drones, metronomic-basslines and chiming riffs populate this record, 'French Film Blurred' shifting from warm avant-guitars to hints of feedback - a record that blurs from avant to disturb.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Wire In A Punk Overcoat 17 Aug 2004
By Lozarithm VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
Although Wire wore a punk overcoat, sonically speaking, on their first three albums, there is no doubt that theirs was a creativity that would have surfaced whatever the current vogue, as their relevance today shows. Chairs Missing was their Harvest follow up to the arty 21-track debut, Pink Flag, but boasting a mere 15 tracks, which ranged from just over a minute long, to an epic 5.45 for Mercy. The lyrics, printed prose fashion in the booklet, make an interesting and stimulating read even divorced from the musical settings contained in the grooves. Producer Mike Thorne adds extra coloration and texture with his synths and keyboards and Kate Lukas adds flute to one tune.
Chairs Missing included the single I Am The Fly, although as it had been released 7 months earlier than the album and had a B-side from Pink Flag, it may be older than the rest of the album. Outdoor Miner was extracted as a single along with its flipside, Practice Makes Perfect, in January 1979. A longer version of Outdoor Miner is included as a bonus track, along with both sides of a non-album single that was released in June 1979.
The appearance of Chairs Missing on CD in 1990 proved influential on indie and Britpop bands such as Elastica and Blur, and still sounds fresh and vital today
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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Damn. What a masterpiece. After listening to the highly addictive, but (dare I say it?) somewhat shallow Pink Flag, I was impressed with Wire. I decided to venture further into their discography, but before I bought Chairs Missing, I was constantly listening to "Outdoor Miner" (illegally). Seriously, I must have played it a hundred times and it still sounds genius everytime. So I certainly had high hopes for this album. And it didn't disappoint. In fact, it's one of the best albums I have ever heard. On the first play, I didn't get it. At all, apart from their lead single and a couple of accessible traditional punk songs. But the more I listened to it, the more it sank in. The second half the album in particular, started to completely grow on me, and has gradually, but deservedly so earned the title as my favourite "side" of an album of all time.

This album visits every cornor of the punk genre. The sheer diversity of this album is immense. Where as Pink Flag was a perfect punk album, Chairs Missing is a perfect 'album'. The guitarwork is exceptional, which can't be said for many punk albums (even the classics), and the vocals are sensational, which varies from aggression fueled climaxes, and even some wonderful singing in the ballady pop songs. With what I consider the greatest short single of all time (only singles 2 minutes and under can qualify) "Outdoor Miner", the catchiest hook I have ever heard in "I Am the Fly", the epic sprawling masterpiece "Mercy", the darkly eeriness of "Practice Makes Perfect", the mysteriously sinister "Heartbeat" (the way it builds... just WOW), the all-out in-your-face punk of "Sand In My Joints", and the sublime sudden guitar licks of "Marooned", there's something here for everyone.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The fly in the ointment
So far ahead of their "contemporaries" it's embarrassing at times.
PiL? Joy Division? Amateur hour compared to this. Innovative, dynamic, witty, unforgettable. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Richard
5.0 out of 5 stars Wire's greatest.
The only Wire album that I didn't have on CD. Worth the investment for the track French Film Blurred alone.
Published 9 months ago by JM Salisbury
5.0 out of 5 stars Blimey!
Having been aware of Wire for years, but never having listened to a full album, "Chairs Missing" has been a revelation. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Losswroo
5.0 out of 5 stars The Apotheosis of Wire's First Iteration
Chairs Missing (1978) sits right in the middle between the 'short, sharp shock' faux punk aesthetic of Pink Flag (1977) and the quirky, fractured pop of 154 (1979). Read more
Published on 4 Jan 2011 by The Tea Caddy
5.0 out of 5 stars Oddly compelling
Somewhere between pop, punk and art, Wire continued to pursue a vision uncontaminated by anything else that was going on in 1978. Read more
Published on 14 Oct 2006 by D. J. H. Thorn
5.0 out of 5 stars Practice Made Perfect....
Wire were one of the few pioneers who took punk as an ethos rather than a fashionable uniform, 1977's classic debut 'Pink Flag' is remembered for the minimal songs which lasted a... Read more
Published on 20 April 2006 by Jason Parkes
5.0 out of 5 stars Dark,disturbing,brilliant.
'Chairs Missing',the follow up to Wire's adrenalin rush of a debut album 'Pink Flag' is a challenging yet rewarding listen. Read more
Published on 15 April 2006 by nm1270
5.0 out of 5 stars Practise Made Perfect...
Wire were one of the few pioneers who took punk as an ethos rather than a fashionable uniform, 1977's classic debut 'Pink Flag' is remembered for the minimal songs... Read more
Published on 13 Jan 2006 by Jason Parkes
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