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  • Audio CD (31 Dec. 1993)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Mute
  • ASIN: B0000247RT
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 148,862 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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WIRE Manscape (Deleted 1990 UK 13-track CD featuring the seventh and more electronically-experimental album from the post-punk outfit. Includes the single Life In The Manscape. With the original double card wallet picture sleeve with folded double sided poster & sticker sealed CDSTUMM80)

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Wire hooked machines to their wagon and created a dirty variant on electropop that casually blew their labelmates Depeche Mode out of the water in 1990. Armed with cheap Casio synths, LED lit Bond guitars, Paul Smith suits and a bitter taste in their mouths, Manscape phase Wire should have placed their pop hooks in the ugly rockface of music and dripped their bile on more pop kids than they did. 'Manscape' is full of tunes and hooks that deliver Wire's most political lyrics in a tech-pop soundfield that should have started another revolution in the way that 'Pink Flag' did. However, in 1990 not enough people were listening and 'Manscape' is another chapter in Wire's strange history.
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By Jason Parkes #1 HALL OF FAME on 15 Jun. 2007
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The second phase of the band called Wire is one that is quite underrated, some reviewers dismissing it completely (see the review of 'The A List' compilation on here!) and plumping for their early, funny work on Harvest records: Pink Flag, Chairs Missing, 154...The second phase of Wire seems to appeal to less people as the band dispensed with Mike Thorne, and were themselves getting to grip with digital advances, sequencers and the like. Perhaps people had missed the material between 154 and The Ideal Copy, which would have made more sense: A-Z, Dome, This Way to the Shivering Man, not to, and the Gilbert/Lewis contribution to Burning Blue Soul by Matt Johnson. I think the Mute years had much that was great - "A Serious of Snakes", Ahead, Kidney Bingos, It's a Boy, Eardrum Buzz, In Vivo, Drill, The Queen of Ur and the King of Um, Over Theirs etc. As fond as I am of The Ideal Copy and A Bell is a Cup Until It Is Struck (let's not mention IBTABA, a "live" LP that skewed any chance of pop breakthrough on the back of Eardrum Buzz). But 1990's Manscape, a leftfield companion to Depeche Mode's Violator, was the peak of Wire phase two - though you can hear why Robert Gotobed decided he wasn't of use and left Wire to become Wir...

Manscape finds Gilbert, Gotobed, Lewis and Newman releasing another hugely influential record, one that captured the zeitgeist of 1989/1990 when the Berlin Wall came down and Europa changed forever as the Cold War ended. The electronic directions they had been pursuing came to the fore here, Manscape sounding like a precedent for electronic music in the 1990s, pulsing synths and artificial basslines going into overdrive and Wire, once again, making the soundtrack for the future. Surreal lyrics like "Take the Trabant to Brabant...Take the glitter to Gorky...
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Wire a band that could start a riot tight great musicians first heard in the 80s and didnt discover them again until late last year now I have the whole set except read and burn 2 I would love to have it but its only available as an mp3 which is not for me but if you like a banging rock punkish even electronica type these are the nuts!!!!!
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