My attempt to blog all of the entries from the book 1001 Albums to Hear Before You Die
Brief Background: Pink Flag is the debut album by the English band Wire. It was recorded in the Fall of 1977 and released that December.
What I think: This has never been a significant album for me personally, but it’s always been an interesting listen nonetheless. I can hear the influence this album has had on so many different bands I love and what band it influences seems to vary from song to song. Something like “Lowdown” really reminds me of Fugazi or At the Drive-in. “Mannequin” is straight up ’80s college rock. “Three Girl Rhumba” was pretty much covered by Elastica and “Strange” was covered by R.E.M. So while this record isn’t a personal favorite, I still have the utmost respect for the influence on so much of the music I have loved in the forty years since this was released. It’s also one of those albums that grows on me every time I hear it. Given enough spins, I could see it becoming regular in my rotation.
Do I agree or disagree with the writers as to this being an album you must listen to? It’s a no doubter.
Rating (Out of 5) 4
Is this my first time hearing this album? No (89/391)
Percentage of Albums that are new to me: 77%