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A–Z (album)

A–Z
Colin Newman
Released October 1980
Recorded 1980 at Scorpio, London, England
Genre Post-punk, gothic rock
Label Beggars Banquet
Producer Mike Thorn
Colin Newman chronology

A–Z
(1980)
Provisionally Entitled the Singing Fish
(1981)

A–Z is the debut studio album by Colin Newman, lead singer for post-punk band Wire. It was released in October 1980, through record label Beggars Banquet.

"Alone" and "Not Me" were covered by This Mortal Coil on the albums Filigree & Shadow and It'll End in Tears, respectively. "S-S-S-Star Eyes" was covered by P-Model and released as a supplementary cassette to an issue of the band's fan club newsletter. "Alone" was used in the 1991 film The Silence of the Lambs.

Track listing

All songs written and composed by Newman, except as noted. 
Side A
No. TitleWriter(s) Length
1. "I've Waited Ages"    5:05
2. "& Jury"  Newman, Desmond Simmons 2:47
3. "Alone"  Graham Lewis, Newman 3:57
4. "Order for Order"    2:44
5. "Image"    4:18
6. "Life on Deck"    3:12
Side B
No. Title Length
1. "Troisieme"   4:09
2. "S-S-S-Star Eyes"   2:09
3. "Seconds to Last"   7:07
4. "Inventory"   2:11
5. "But No"   3:06
6. "B"   2:58

Critical reception

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4.5/5 stars[1]
Robert Christgau B+[2]
Piero Scaruffi 8/10[3]

By the critics who reviewed it, A–Z has been very well received. AllMusic wrote, "A-Z truly deserves to be held in the same regard as Pink Flag, Chairs Missing and 154".[1]

Personnel

  • Colin Newman – guitar, vocals, album cover
  • Desmond Simmons – bass guitar, guitar
  • Mike Thorne – synthesizer, keyboards, production
  • Robert Gotobed – drums
Technical
  • A. Newman – album cover
  • Harvey Goldberg – engineering
  • Dennis Weinreich – engineering
  • Steve Parker – engineering
  • Malti Kidia – sleeve layout and typography
  • Jack Skinner – cutting

References

External links

  • Discogs (list of releases)
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