Wire Train weren't an initial priority, but upon belatedly hearing their first LP, 1984's In a Chamber a few years ago I was sold in a heartbeat. Theirs was a dreamy amalgam of driving jangle rock and new romantic subtlety, with Chambers crown jewel casting itself in the form of "I'll Do You." It's sublime sway is nothing short of transporting, marrying a hook of staggering proportions to an irresistibly propulsive back beat. Wire Train shot a primo video for this single, which you can see below. The b-side "It's Only Dark" is exclusive to this wax and is par with just about anything on the aforementioned album. True, it lifts a well known Mission of Burma lyric, but it works so well I'm inclined to forgive them for copping it. In a Chamber and WT's 1985 followup Between Two Words were paired on a 1995 CD reissue, but I'll be damned if you can locate an original copy, which was seemingly in print for ten minutes. A Wire Train fansite with a thorough discography and so forth is linked above.
A. I'll Do You
B. It's Only Dark
The Dream Syndicate "The Day Before Wine And Roses" 1982 - As the punning title indicates, this welcome document of an early Dream Syndicate show, recorded live-in-studio for Los Angeles' KPFK station in 1982, capt...
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