In contrast with many of their punk peers, Wire were enigmatic and cerebral, always keeping a distance from the crowd. Although Pink Flag appeared before the end of 1977, it was already a meta-commentary on the punk scene and was far more revolutionary musically than the rest of the competition. They found more compelling uses for those three mythical chords.
Wilson Neate grew up in Bristol before moving to London. He now lives in New York City. He has written for numerous print and online venues, popular and academic. He holds a Ph.D from the University of California at Irvine and has published a book on US Latina/o literature.
Neate has approached the subject matter with Wire-worthy detachment. Eschewing the florid horridness of most rock writing, he's come back with an unembellished report and interviews with all suspects present. It's everythingy ou could possibly want to know about Pink Flag... -- Brian Joseph Davis * Eyeweekly.com *