This was their first single and it has one of the all time greatest punk b-sides ever "12XU". Short, fast and easy to sing along to - all the ingredients for a classic punk song.
I saw Wire a number of times , but one of the most memorable gigs was when they supported The Tubes at Hammersmith Odeon (Now the Apollo). Three of us went and we were sitting in the back row, upstairs. Wire were a small four man band in the middle of a giant stage and when they started the audience just sat there looking at them, and we jumping around and shouting out "12XU", everyone kept looking around at us, we were the only three people supporting them. I would love to know whether Wire could even hear us up there.
A trade mark of early Wire, was the length of their songs, their debut album Pink Flag had 21 tracks of which most of them were sub two minutes, and all brilliant. Bands as big as REM have covered some of their songs (REM covered "Strange"). Elastica's debut album (which I still rate) was also infamousley accused of copying Pink Flag.
2. Feeling Called Love
Ripped from glorious scratched vinyl:
If you haven't already got this then go and buy it now - It is a classic:
If you want to know what Wire were like live, then this is a good buy also: