Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Goodbye Gill

Wire : Mary is a Dyke ( 1976 demo) (with Gill)

Wire : Mary is a Dyke ( April, 1977 live version) (without)

It has often been cited that on January 3, 1977 George Gill, Wire's main songwriter and lead guitarist, left the band to form The Bears. But Wilson Neate's definitive 331/3 book, Pink Flag, states that Gill was still with the band until the end of February. In any case, Gill's departure helped the band strip down its sound to its core: no guitar solos, shorter songs, no rock and roll theatrics. Dropping all Gill songs but "Mary is a Dyke" from their setlist, Wire immediately set to work writing the songs that would make Pink Flag one of the greatest debut albums of all time.

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