If its possible, there was only one post-punk band who were probably even worse musicians than Joy Division, that was Wire.Who i'm sure if they could have been more proggy sounding they would have.Like Joy Division they also miraculously mutated, as if overnight, from a thrashy punk band into something incredibly unique and disconnected from their roots.(Check out their '76 Demos HERE).The first album, 'Pink Flag' was however very influential in the USA, and possibly could even be credited as the first 'Hardcore' album.But,unlike most punk groups who headed into a Hardcore blind alley,Wire swerved this dead end and headed for the horizon.
Luckily they were nowhere near good enough on their instruments to be at the proggy end of post-punk like Cardiacs, or Punishment of Luxury.Even though they were on Prog Rock label, Harvest. Instead, they tuned their progressive content towards the 'Ideas' end of the spectrum, and played well within their limitations.In the process, along with Joy Division,PiL and Siouxsie and the Banshees, they became the ultimate Post-Punk group.
Always looking to do the unexpected right angle turn within their angular tunes, Wire were one of the few groups to sound worse in their John Peel Sessions than they did on their official releases!?
Probably their best session was the third one, where they just improvised a 16 minute piece("Crazy About Love") instead of four rehearsed songs from their live set.
A great example to demonstrate why Ideas and Art are far more important than technical ability, or creative safety.
Tracks 1 to 4 recorded on 18/1/78
Tracks 5 to 8 recorded on 20/9/78
Track 9 recorded on 11/9/79
Practice Makes Perfect 3:38
I Am The Fly 3:49
Culture Vulture 1:57
106 Beats That 1:07
The Other Window 2:22
Mutual Friend 4:16
On Returning 2:08
Indirect Enquiries 4:19
Crazy About Love 15:26