Chairs Missing

Wire - Chairs Missing
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Based on 3 reviews
1978 Ratings: #3 / 114
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Based on 317 ratings
1978 Ratings: #7
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The arty darkness of Chairs Missing, combined with the often icy-sounding synth/guitar arrangements, helps make the record a crucial landmark in the evolution of punk into post-punk and goth, as well as a testament to Wire's rapid development and inventiveness.

Each new section leads to a nastier climax, culminating in a blazing guitar-and-drum conflagration.

On Wire's sophomore effort 'Chairs Missing' we see the band take on a more dark sound and expand upon the Art Punk and Post-Punk sounds that they explored on their debut 'Pink Flag'. Honestly this change of pace benefits Wire incredibly well and we end up getting a more satisfying listen in my opinion, I find 'Chair's Missing' to be a more interesting and memorable project, I love the tones of the guitars and the band don't let up the energy that made 'Pink Flag' very enjoyable. This album is ... read more




Fav tracks: Practice Makes Perfect, French Film Blurred, Another the Letter, Men 2nd, Being Sucked in Again, Mercy, I Am The Fly, Too Late


When it's punk-driven, it's fun. When it's not, it's goofy. This falls somewhere in the "this is unique enough to be different, but not captivating enough to hold my interest" range.


Even though some of the tracks here drag a little bit and or are weaker, this is still one of the most best post-punk albums of all time with it taking more experimental risks and choices.


Crazy to think that this came out in 1978 like seriously if I went in completely blind I would’ve assumed this was something from the 90s. Incredibly ahead of its time. I’ve been searching for something that sound similar to Unwound and Duster for a while and I think I finally found it. I’m definitely checking their debut album after this.

Edit: oh shit this is my 200th rating #cool.


This just hits all the boxes when it comes to what I want in Post-Punk. A Unique vocal style all in itself and unconventional but captivating backing music make for a fun ride of an album.

Favorite Track: Mercy

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Track List

  1. Practice Makes Perfect
  2. French Film Blurred
  3. Another the Letter
  4. Men 2nd
  5. Marooned
  6. Sand in My Joints
  7. Being Sucked in Again
  8. Heartbeat
  9. Mercy
  10. Outdoor Miner
  11. I Am the Fly
  12. I Feel Mysterious Today
  13. From the Nursery
  14. Used To
  15. Too Late  

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Added on: March 15, 2013