The Way We Wah!

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From what little I remember of Pete Wiley’s group, they had a couple of hits which had that rousing, anthemic quality that seems to be a regular trait of Liverpudlian groups. Those scousers love a good sing-a-long.

This career overview from 1984 includes their first big hit “The Story Of The Blues”, but it’s side 1 that was the real eye-opener for a Wah-ignoramus like me. Chronicling the group’s earlier phase, here we see a far more potent, intense proposition – the group thrashing through a series of pile-driving post-punk anti-anthems that sounds more like Magazine or The Associates – though as a vocalist Wiley wasn’t in the same league as Billy MacKenzie.

The excitement tapers off quite dramatically on side 2, though that’s as much a reflection of the times as an indictment of Wiley’s failing muse.

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Published in: on March 3, 2010 at 10:06 am  Comments (2)  
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  1. Bloody well love Wah Heat me – used to spin this stuff on repeat play back in the day – and have to my memmory at leat 3 if not 4 long players on the shelf here – nothing competes with Nah Poo and the Art of Bluff for shear intensity and rawness – must admit they did go a tad light-weight and orchestral – but heck – this was the 80s – and what band from that era and background didn’t.

    Lets not forget Wylie along with Cope and McCulluch made up the mythical Crucial 3 – time to stick of 7 Minutes to Midnight – LOUD and wake the house up a bit !!

  2. i think most of the tracks on side 1 are culled from the ‘Nah Poo’ album, and includes ‘7 Minutes To Midnight’. serious stuff!


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