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The Wire - # 427

Special: Excess All Areas. Sometimes a little just isn’t enough… The Wire’s writers explore instances in modern music where too much is exactly the right amount.


We Lived By Night: Amid the all night revelries of the late 1980s London club scene, discoveries of sexual liberation and new modes of hearing. By Louise Gray

Celestial bodies: With police in attendance, 2000 punters locked outside and an endless ovation, Alan Silva’s Paris performance of Seasons was the most epic free jazz blowout of them all. By Alan Licht

High Emission Zone: In the face of performances with helicopter-borne quartets, globetrotting orchestras and discarded plastic, how much is too much? By Tim Rutherford- Johnson

Louis Andriessen. By Andy Hamilton

Everything All At Once. By Julian Cowley

The Clones Of Dr Funkenstein: George Clinton’s kaleidoscopic vision of P-funk extended to epic stage spectacles, a swarm of pseudonyms, and much metafoolishness on the One. By Greg Tate

Bomb Culture: A brief history of explosives in music. By Dan Wilson

Anthony Braxton’s intergalactic symphonies. By Tony Herrington

Shreds Of Evidence: The density of fusion and prog. By Angel Marcloid

The Sweet Science: String arrangements added to jazz, soul and country music were treated with suspicion but acted as gateway drugs to other sounds and states. By David Toop

Crazy Collages: By Vicki Bennett

Orchestras In The Club. By Jacob Arnold

Speaking In Tongues: The overflowing desires of REM’s ninth album Monster explore the queer aspects of human nature. By Claire Biddles

Rudolph Grey. By John Olson

Flash Of The Axe: Learning to love the guitar solos of Hendrix, Television, Dinosaur Jr, Meat Puppets and more. By Simon Reynolds

Home On Derange: The effects of the acid overdose of psytrance. By Michelangelo Matos

Written In The Stars: The massive song book of Sun Ra and his Arkestra contains multitudes. By Alexander Hawkins

Prog Rock Rhythms. By Dave Mandl

Point Of Collapse: Japanese punks Gaseneta lived harder and faster than anyone in their quest to bend the laws of physics. By Jennifer Lucy Allan

Danger UXB: The Bomb Squad’s productions for Public Enemy set new levels for density and intensity in hiphop. By Michael A Gonzales

Knocking On Heaven’s Door: The epic struggles of John Coltrane’s late music represent his last thwarted attempts to commune with the creator. By Tony Herrington

Crude Awakenings: The gross-out humour of Frank Zappa, Ween and Blarf is a counterweight to the sophistication of the music. By Spenser Thomson

Endless Boogie: Australian guitarist Marco Fusinato plugs in and plays from the moment a venue opens until it finally closes its doors. By Phil Freeman

Extreme Vocals. By Diamanda Galás


Publisher: The Wire / 427
Author: The Wire
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