“Practice Makes Perfect” – Wire

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The opening track of Wire’s incredible second album “Chairs Missing” from 1978. This is a song about a woman becoming a prostitute for the first time, with all the agony and paranoia a group of young English men can muster when you sound like graduate students trying to do their best Black Sabbath – Brian Eno homage. If what I described doesn’t sound like the coolest sound in the world, you don’t know what it’s like to live in my head. Maybe that’s a good thing. Who knows? All I know is that “Chairs Missing” has been one of my all-time favorite albums for the last 20+ years, when I came across a cassette of this album for $4.00 at a used record store in 1990 and it completely blew my gaskets.

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“Outdoor Miner” – Wire

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From the otherwise relentlessly intense 2nd album by Wire “Chairs Missing” comes the mellow and melodic “Outdoor Miner.” As perfect a post-punk pop song that you’re likely to find … and only 1:45.

“Mercy” – Wire

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The sound of paranoia and imminent dread … Kind of what Black Sabbath would’ve sounded like had they gone to grad school and worried about writing their theses … OK, it’s actually better than that.  I always thought this would be great to use in a film where the lead character gradually realizes they are in a world of s–t they can’t get out of.