Tuesday, December 15, 2009

ROCK Sex: "When WIRE Met Elastica"

ROCK Sex sees how "a vital connection is made".

I love ELASTICA because they were the sum result of a lot of great influences. Every act is the sum of their parts, it's true, but sometimes someone pulls it together just right for you. It's the difference between laying all the ingredients out on the table versus cooking them with your own touch.

Elastica expanded on some melodies from the great PostPunk band WIRE, and get no end of grief for it from literalists. Whatever. I enjoy what they brought to already fine songs.

WIRE -"Three Girl Rhumba" (1977)

"Connection" (1994)

WIRE -"I Am the Fly" (1977)

"Line Up" (1995)

Perversely, in light of all the flak they got in '95, Elastica returned in 2000 to also do a song called "Nothing Stays the Same", which did new moves from the melody of Wire's "Kidney Bingos". And also this one...

The original "Lowdown" was done by Wire in 1977...

WIRE -"Lowdown" (live, 2008)

"Human" (2000)

Elastica's leader, Justine Frischmann like the arpeggiated use of guitars in the riff for this song...

THE STRANGLERS -"No More Heroes" (1978)

Though The Stranglers didn't get any grief from Bach for their baroque moves, Elastica didn't escape so lightly for using the same approach with their own song.

"Waking Up" (1995)

I say it's all good. We're lucky to have had both and get such great work between them.

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