An Interview with Colin Newman of WIRE

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Back in June 1988, I was the host of This Show is History on CKUT FM in Montreal. One of the station’s staff members asked me if I was interested in interviewing Wire, and I happily accepted the opportunity to see the band for free. The interview took place in the dressing room of Club Soda, then located on Parc Avenue near Fairmont. The batteries for CKUT’s Marantz tape recorder had run down, so it was necessary to find an electrical outlet. Oddly enough, the only plug to be found was in one of the little make-up booths, complete with mirror surrounded by lightbulbs, that Club Soda provided for its performers. Colin Newman and I crammed ourselves into this booth – Colin had made himself available while the rest of the band went through a sound check onstage. As the interview begins, someone can be heard reciting nonsense syllables for the mic check. The noise level from the sound check (drums, bass, guitar) gets louder and louder throughout the thirty minute interview, until Newman has to leave to do his part.

Despite the dubious audio quality, an edited version of the audio recording was prepared for broadcast in 1988. For the first time, the transcript of the entire interview has been published on CKUT FM’s Time Capsule page. Find it here.

 

 

Playlist of The Kitchen Bang Bang Law, broadcast 24 Mar 15 on CKUT FM

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First set

The Geologist: Stretching Songs for Spring

Second set

Bette Midler: You Don’t Know Me
Ry Cooder: I’m A Fool For a Cigarette / Feeling Good
Yes: The Clap (Steve Howe)
Led Zeppelin: Braun-Yr•Aur
This Mortal Coil: You And Your Sister
Retsin: Carnival
Tara Jane O’Neil: Glow Now
Damon and Naomi: The Seeker
Noveller: Dark Heart (Glasslands 19 Apr 12)
Grimes: Be A Body
Mesak: Runopoika no. 1
Björk: Stonemilker
Xarah Dion: Le Fruit de Siam

Third set

Buddy Holly: Rave On
Flist: Fat Square
Death Grips: Feels Like a Wheel
David Byrne & St. Vincent: Outside Space and Time
Belle and Sebastian: The Power of Three
St. Vincent: I Prefer Your Love
Lower Dens: Stem
Siskyou: Nervous
Milk & Bone: Elephant
Eric Chenaux: Spring Has Been A Long Time Coming
Anamai: Abris
Michael Feuerstack: I Wanted More

Last song

Wu Tang Clan: Ruckus in B Minor
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Playlist of The Kitchen Bang Bang Law, broadcast 17 Mar 15 on CKUT FM

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First set

A Sacred Cloud: Run Run Shaw
Neneh Cherry and the Thing: Dream, Baby, Dream (remix by Four Tet)

Second set

Buffy Ste-Marie: My Country ‘Tis Of Thy People You’re Dying
Joy Division: Colony
Fela Kuti: Colonial Mentality
X: I Must Not Think Bad Thoughts
X-Tal: An Old Colonial’s Hard Luck Story
M.I.A.: Born Free

Third set

Nile Rodgers: Get Her Crazy
Fun•Da•Mental: Mr. Bubble Man
The Pop Group: Citizen Zombie
Death Grips: Birds
The English Beat: Spar Wid Mi
Belle & Sebastian: The Party Line
Wendy Atkinson: Hebron Birds
The Poppy Family: Shadows On My Wall
Siskyou: Oval Window
Eric Chenaux: My Romance
Julian Cope: Promised Land

Last song

Kurvi-Tasch: Highest Realms
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Playlist of The Kitchen Bang Bang Law, broadcast 10 Mar 15 on CKUT FM

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First song

Steel Pulse: Macka Spliff

The Dub Rifles set

The Dub Rifles: Delicate Action
Colin Bryce: Interview pt. 1
The Dub Rifles: No Town, No Country
Colin Bryce: Interview pt. 2
The Dub Rifles: Testify (live)
Colin Bryce: Interview pt. 3
The Dub Rifles: Stand
Colin Bryce: Interview pt. 4
Personality Crisis: Piss On You
Colin Bryce: Interview pt. 5
The Stooges: No Fun

More about The Dub Rifles here. And here. And here. A-a-a-n-n-d … here.

Days of Future Past set

Neil Young: Journey Through the Past (live)
Jethro Tull: Living In The Past
Captain Beefheart & The Magic Band: The Past Sure Is Tense
The Psychedelic Furs: Forever Now
The Moody Blues: Dawn
Lou Reed: Perfect Day
Leonard Cohen: The Future
Elvis Costello: Man Out Of Time
This Mortal Coil: Help Me Lift You Up

Last song

Brain Donor: Get Off Your Pretty Face
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Playlist of The Kitchen Bang Bang Law, broadcast 3 Mar 15 on CKUT FM

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First set

Matana Roberts: This Land Is Yours / Come Away / With Me, Seek / J.P.
The Jefferson Airplane: Street Masse – The Ballad of You and Me and Pooneil / A Small Package of Value Will Come to You Shortly / Young Girl Blues

Second set

Neil Young: Sugar Mountain (Canterbury House 9 Nov 68)
Joni Mitchell with James Taylor: The Circle Game (Royal Albert Hall 1970)
Jimi Hendrix: Belly Button Window
Bob Dylan & The Band: One Too Many Mornings
The Clash: Gates of the West
Artful Dodger: Wayside
Grails: Future Primitive
Retsin: Bright Sunshine

Third set

Tara Jane O’Neil: Over. Round. In a Room. Found.
Wendy Atkinson: What Came Before
Anamai: Lucia
Eric Chenaux: Skullsplitter
Siskyou: Jesus in the 70s
Belle & Sebastian: Allie
The English Beat: Sole Salvation
Shankar & Bill Lovelady: Himalaya
Salt-N-Pepa, Queen Latifah, Lisa ‘Left Eye’ Lopes of TLC, Yo Yo, MC Lyte, Da 5 Footaz, Patra, and Me’Shell Ndegéocello: Freedom (12″ rap version)
Ultra Naté: Party Girl (Turn Me Loose) (Al’s original vocal mix)
St. Vincent: Digital Witness

Last song

Stefan Christoff and Nick Schofield: Tempète

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Playlist of The Kitchen Bang Bang Law, broadcast 24 Feb 15 on CKUT FM

 

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First set

Matana Roberts: Clothed to the Land, Worn by the Sea / Dreamer of Dreams / Always Say Your Name / Nema, Nema, Nema / A Single Man-o-War / As Years Roll By

Second set, pt. 1 – Tectonics

Creedence Clearwater Revival: Bad Moon Rising
Prince: Housequake
Carole King: I Feel The Earth Move
Stray Cats: Rock This Town
Robert Palmer: You’re Gonna Get What’s Coming
Siouxsie & the Banshees: Cities In Dust (12″ mix)
Leonard Cohen: Avalanche

Second set, pt. 2

Buddy Holly: That’ll Be The Day
Elvis Costello: Mystery Dance
Led Zeppelin: Ten Years Gone

Third set

Siskyou: Violent Motion Pictures
High Dials: Desert Tribe
Micachu & The Shapes: Lips
Eric Chenaux: The Pouget
Lower Dens: Brains
David Byrne & St. Vincent: Lazarus
Black Givre: Skyscraper
Xarah Dion: XXX
Drunken Forest: Lake Chad
Noveller: Entering (live 19 Apr 12)
Stefan Christoff & Nick Schofield: Generation II
Tara Jane O’Neil: This Morning Glory
Bob Dylan & The Band: Nothing Was Delivered, take 2

Last song

Michael Feuerstack: The Devil
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Playlist of The Kitchen Bang Bang Law, broadcast 17 Feb 15 on CKUT FM

 

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First set

Lol Coxhill & Michel Doneda: Last Duet 3

Second set

Rodan: Tooth Fairy Retribution Manifesto
M. Mucci: II
Lower Dens: Alphabet Song
Micachu & The Shapes: Vulture
St. Vincent: Rattlesnake
Siskyou: Bank Accounts and Dollar Bills (Give Peace a Chance)
Au Pairs: Diet
Julian Cope: Screaming Secrets
Black Givre: À brûle-pourpoint
Eric Chenaux: Have I Lost My Eyes
Stefan Christoff & Nick Schofield: Altitude

Third set

Manchilde: Baby Mother
Matana Roberts: The Good Book Says
FKA Twigs: Pendulum
Death Grips: This Is Violence Now (Don’t Get Me Wrong)
Thelma Houston: Midnight Mona
Nona Hendryx: To The Bone (12″ single)
Neneh Cherry & The Thing: Golden Heart (Nymph remix)
Bjork: Dark Matter (Lava Onto Remodel)
Robert Palmer: Best of Both Worlds
Xarah Dion: Asphalte Chaude

Last song

Loscil: Angle of List
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