My guess is that this particular combination of artists hasn’t featured in a single blog entry before (but let me know if you find one, ‘kay?). First: Does anyone else think that “White Mountain” by Genesis really ought to be covered by The Decemberists?
More importantly (really: more important than the idea of The Decemberists covering very early Genesis? Must be damned important!): the first song from the forthcoming new Wire album has been released (courtesy Stereogum, where you can also watch a video for the single version of “Outdoor Miner”). The song is called “One of Us,” and it opens the new full-length CD due in July, which will be available from Wire’s own label, Pink Flag. That rhythm guitar part is a distant cousin of the one in Jonathan Richman’s “Roadrunner”…which of course makes the song a slightly more closely related cousin of Wire’s own “Strange” (the relation to Richman is clearer in R.E.M.’s version, since those two songs’ tempos are much closer).
It’s poppier than I would have expected – but maybe I shouldn’t be surprised, given Bruce Gilbert’s departure from the band. Then again, Wire’s always played pop…and those pop explorations have often coexisted with their most abrasive, avant-garde moments. So it will be interesting to see how the new album shakes out as a whole.
Wire “One of Us” (Object 47, 2008)