Wednesday, June 2, 2010

WIRE: Heartbeat (1979)

Wire was every bit as seminal to punk rock as the Sex Pistols, although not nearly as well publicized. Bands as wide ranging as Minor Threat, Fisherspooner and REM have covered their songs. This particular song was covered by Big Black, although the Wire version will always be my favorite. It begins with a whisper and builds energy to the verge of aggression, but then just at the point you are expecting more, it pulls back into a whisper.

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