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By: Cam Lindsay

Punk reunions can be so pathetic. Old geezers dressed in tight pants, trying to strut their stuff and yell while the arthritis is killing them. Yep, it happens all the time. Look at Buzzcocks, Sex Pistols, Blondie, etc. Thank God The Clash have integrity. However, what if it does actually work and you can make a difference. Can you believe that art-punk heroes Wire have actually done it? Well, believe it. Releasing a series of self-financed EPs, the legendary quartet is back in fine form. Focusing more on the glory that was Pink Flag (which they have named their record label), Wire's first EP, Read & Burn, is short, choppy punk music that sure feels like a breath of fresh air. Six songs, under 17 minutes, what more could you ask for? If there is one problem with the new Wire, it's that they do sound more modern than expected. But hell, when that is the only complaint, you know you're getting fussy. Grade: A-
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