Another Wire re-up: I've had a root 'round on the 'net &, surprisingly, I can't still find this session anywhere else. As details of this set haven't been listed on the BBC's Keeping It Peel resource, I'm assuming it's nothing like as well known as their initial run of late '70s evening show appearances? Frankly, I'm puzzled as to why that might be - Wire were signed to Mute (one of Europe's largest & most respected independent records labels), & were constantly featured in the European & American music press at the time, after all?
The reconvened "phase II" Wire only recorded this sole Peel session - on 24th April 1988 with celebrated glam rock curmudgeon Dale Griffin producing. It was the band's first Radio 1 commission since their infamous, largely improvised "Crazy About Love" outing from September 1979, after which they drifted apart to pursue all manner of unorthodox extra-curricular projects. As I've always found the A Bell Is A Cup Until It Is Struck album's reliance on imposing electronic textures slightly stifling (though, in all fairness, it hasn't dated anywhere as badly as I expected it might), I much prefer this looser, guitar-centric version of "Boiling Boy" (long since established as a regular part of their live repertoire & an acknowledged Wire "classic"). "German Shepherds" originally appeared on the b-side of their "Silk Skin Paws" e.p. &, subsequently, on the I.B.T.A.B.A. live/remix album, but the BBC take is, in my opinion, the definitive version. Third/finally, a breakneck techno revision of the propulsive "Drill" - a mere 8½ minutes of it on this occasion, but still quite a ride. Incidentally, I've sourced this session from WMO's deleted 1997 Coatings compilation, so sound quality = A+.