After The Sex Pistols, Wire was probably the most influential band to come out of the UK in the 70s. Stylistically, they were pretty much the first post-punk band, but chronologically, they actually emerged right when the punk scene itself was first exploding, releasing their massively influential debut album, Pink Flag, in 1977. Their use of post-modern lyrical structures and angular, minimalist riffs and rhythms put them at the forefront of rock, although for as historically important as they became they were never a huge commercial success. The band became increasingly artier as they went along, eventually de-emphasizing the rock aspect of their sound in favour of a more experimental approach. They split up and reunited several times over the years, but remain active today.
Followers: The Cure, R.E.M., The Feelies, My Bloody Valentine, Guided By Voices, Elastica
Influenced By: Captain Beefheart, Brian Eno, The Sex Pistols, The Damned, Suicide, Roxy Music...