WIRE will reissue their first three albums, Pink Flag, Chairs Missing and 154 in the coming weeks. The band have shared a previously unreleased demo version of the track “French Film Blurred,” taken from the Chairs Missing reissue.
“I liked the text so I gave it a new, more thoughtful, slightly off kilter, tune” Colin Newman explains. “There was a palpable sense of progress. It was as if the new material, as it increased in volume & ambition, was literally pushing anything that sounded backwards looking (and by April 1978 that meant anything that sounded like it belonged on “Pink Flag”) out the door. Thus the story of version 1 of “French Film Blurred” carries a strong element of the story of Wire. Progress is all. There’s nothing wrong with the tune. It’s a perfectly acceptable piece of music that does sound like a development from the material on “Pink Flag” and is in it’s own way quite charming but is then utterly eclipsed, in terms of style & sophistication, by the version that eventually turned up on ‘Chairs Missing.’”