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A Bell Is a Cup Until It Is Struck


Download links and information about A Bell Is a Cup Until It Is Struck by Wire. This album was released in 1988 and it belongs to Rock, Alternative genres. It contains 14 tracks with total duration of 01:10:20 minutes.

Artist: Wire
Release date: 1988
Genre: Rock, Alternative
Tracks: 14
Duration: 01:10:20
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No. Title Length
1. Silk Skin Paws 4:53
2. The Finest Drops 5:01
3. The Queen of Ur and the King of Um 4:03
4. Free Falling Divisions 3:39
5. It's a Boy 4:26
6. Boiling Boy 6:22
7. Kidney Bingos 4:12
8. Come Back in Two Halves 2:43
9. Follow the Locust 4:22
10. A Public Place 4:30
11. The Queen of Ur and the King of Um (Alternative Version) 4:02
12. Pieta 7:29
13. Over Theirs (Live) 6:36
14. Drill (Live) 8:02



Wire's return to full-time active duty came as something of a surprise. Colin Newman, Bruce Gilbert, and Graham Lewis (the latter two both separately and as the duo Dome) had been growing increasingly abstract and non-rock in the six years since the group had split up, but 1988's A Bell Is a Cup...Until It Is Struck is, at heart, an album full of pop songs. Admittedly, they're mainly peculiar pop songs full of stream-of-consciousness lyrics ("Money spine paper lung kidney bingos organ fun," goes the chorus of the catchiest song, sung by Newman in a dreamy reverie as if the unrelated non sequiturs were just another love song) and produced in an oddly detached way that emphasizes the atmospheres over the melodies, but they're pop songs nonetheless. Newman and Lewis coat the songs with overdubbed layers of gentle guitars, treated and phased into waves of sound that ebb and flow around the songs over Gilbert's throbbing bass and Robert Gotobed's dancefloor-based rhythms. Arguably Wire's best album and certainly its most accessible, A Bell Is a Cup...Until It Is Struck is a work of modern rock genius. The CD includes four bonus tracks, including a thoroughly reworked alternate version of "The Queen of Ur and the King of Um" and a chugging eight-minute live version of "Drill."