An Interview with Colin Newman of WIRE


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.



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