1985-1990: The A List (1993) This British foursome turned out some of the most astute punk anthems of the late '70s. They took a break from each other in 1980,… Wire Rock
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1985-1990: The A List (1993)

EW's GRADE
B

Details Lead Performance: Wire; Genre: Rock

This British foursome turned out some of the most astute punk anthems of the late '70s. They took a break from each other in 1980, explored the ambient-to-experimental side of things on their own, then regrouped in '85, a cerebral, complex, and vastly different band. On 1985-1990: The A List They've traded in simple punk riffs for subtle, fluid pop, but unfortunately sacrificed their most compelling element — gripping angst — along the way. B

Originally posted May 21, 1993 Published in issue #171 May 21, 1993 Order article reprints