Wire's back catalogue is littered with odd about turns, daring experiments and often bizarre career twists.
But few instalments in their discography rank as unexpected or as infuriating as 'Document And Eyewitness'. A live album, it was initially released through Rough Trade in 1980 as the band's celebrated first phase drew to a close.
The centrepiece of the album is a raucous, bad tempered and ultimately fateful gig at London's Electric Ballroom in February 1980. Greeting fans who expected their punk material with under-rehearsed, largely improvised and deeply experimental material, the chaotic results are interspersed with conversation, interviews and other found sounds.
Resurrected for an expansive re-issue, the new version of 'Document And Eyewitness' arrives on August 18th via Pink Flag. Utilising those Electric Ballroom, Notre Dame Hall and Montreux shows, the new edition of the album also contains further studio and rehearsal room recordings.
Check out '12XU (Fragment)' below.
'Document And Eyewitness' is set to be re-issued on August 18th. Tracklisting:
CD 1: 01. 5/10 / 02. 12XU (Fragment) / 03. Underwater Experiences / 04. Everything's Going to Be Nice / 05. Piano Tuner (Keep Strumming Those Guitars) / 06. We Meet Under Tables / 07. ZEGK HOQP / 08. Eastern Standard / 09. Instrumental (Thrown Bottle) / 10. Eels Sang Lino / 11. Revealing Trade Secrets / 12. And Then... Coda / 13. Go Ahead / 14. Ally in Exile / 15. Relationship / 16. Underwater Experiences / 17. Witness to the Fact / 18. 2 People in a Room / 19. Our Swimmer / 20. Heartbeat Tracks 01-12 from Electric Ballroom. Tracks 13-19 from Notre Dame Hall. Track 20 from Montreux.
CD 2: 01. Our Swimmer / 02. Midnight Bahnhof Cafe / 03. Second Length (Our Swimmer) / 04. Catapult 30 / 05. Ally in Exile / 06. Go Ahead / 07. Remove for Improvement V2 / 08. Over My Head V2 / 09. Safe / 10. Relationship / 11. Underwater Experiences / 12. Eels Sang Lino / 13. Cancel Your Order / 14. Part of Our History (emerges) Tracks 01-02 from "Our Swimmer" (1981) single. Tracks 03-04 from an unreleased 1981 single. Track 05: a person- al recording from Jan. 1979 in Cadaqués, Spain. Tracks 06-14: Wire rehearsal recordings from 1979 and 1980.