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Chairs Missing CD

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  • Audio CD (27 Mar. 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: EMI
  • ASIN: B0006G87Z8
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 15,701 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Practice Makes Perfect (2006 Digital Remaster)
2. French Film Blurred (2006 Digital Remaster)
3. Another The Letter (2006 Digital Remaster)
4. Men 2nd (2006 Digital Remaster)
5. Marooned (2006 Digital Remaster)
6. Sand In My Joints (2006 Digital Remaster)
7. Being Sucked In Again (2006 Digital Remaster)
8. Heartbeat (2006 Digital Remaster)
9. Mercy (2006 Digital Remaster)
10. Outdoor Miner (2006 Digital Remaster)
11. I Am The Fly (2006 Digital Remaster)
12. I Feel Mysterious Today (2006 Digital Remaster)
13. From The Nursery (2006 Digital Remaster)
14. Used To (2006 Digital Remaster)
15. Too Late (2006 Digital Remaster)

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 2 April 2001
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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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 10 Aug. 2001
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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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By MaximumHeat on 18 Jan. 2012
Format: Audio CD
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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38 of 41 people found the following review helpful By Jason Parkes #1 HALL OF FAME on 13 Feb. 2006
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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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By nm1270 on 15 April 2006
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'Chairs Missing',the follow up to Wire's adrenalin rush of a debut album 'Pink Flag' is a challenging yet rewarding listen. Themes of darkness and despondency are abundant throughout and. Indeed, the album title itself is a reference to mental instability and there is no let up in the album's lyrics or the disturbing jagged and angular music onto which these words are painted. It is at times an extremely unsettling yet brilliant piece of work which reveals itself to the listener with every play. Issues include S&M - ('Practice Makes Perfect'), homocide - ('French Film Blurred'),isolation - ('marooned') and drowning - ('Men 2nd').
The suicide themed 'Another The Letter' is typically Wire - 1 minute and 6 seconds in length but without a single second wasted as keyboards swirl, guitars puncture and harmonies build to an abrupt, sudden climax.
The single 'I Am The Fly' is the menacing, chugging highlight of the album while 'Outdoor Miner' is on the surface an irresistable pop song, scratch the surface however and the lyrics reveal an obscurity and darkness to match every other track here. If there is one gripe I have about the album it is the length of 'Mercy' - at almost 6 minutes long the track is too long which is uncharacteristic of Wire who tend to keep their songs short and to the point.
Brooding, menacing, dark, unsettling, sometimes vibrant, definitely timeless. 'Chairs Missing' is an album that reveals it's hidden secrets to the listener over repeated listens, I simply never get bored of listening to this, Wires' masterpiece.
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