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A Houseguest's Wish: Translations of Wire's "Outdoor Miner" CD

A Houseguest's Wish is Words On Music's 25th Anniversary tribute to the seminal WIRE song, "Outdoor Miner." Words On Music has assembled interpretations by 19 artists from five countries (Germany, Spain, United Kingdom, Canada, USA) into one stunning and diverse collection – translating the song into versions ranging from folk to punk. Featured appearances on this tribute include an astonishing acoustic excursion by SWERVEDRIVER frontman Adam Franklin, LUSH's dazzling and energetic 1991 recording, a buoyant pop rendition by TYPEWRITER (LUCY SHOW singer Mark Bandola), FLYING SAUCER ATTACK's fuzzed-out version from 1995, The Beach Boys harmony-laden rendering by KICK ON THE FLOODS— the new project by For Stars singer Carlos Forster, and also versions by TIMONIUM, THE MEETING PLACES, SHOULD, EXPERIMENTAL AIRCRAFT, Spain's POLAR, LAURA WATLING and lots of other great artists!
 
Released in 1979 as a 7" single (and appearing in a more skeletal version on their Chairs Missing LP), fans and critics have long regarded Outdoor Miner as one of Wire's finest moments — and one of their rare early excursions into unbridled, sugar-coated pop.
 
The Outdoor Miner single was poised to be Wire's breakthrough song in their native England in 1979 until the British Market Research Bureau, compilers of the BBC charts, withdrew the single on allegations EMI had improperly hyped the single's sales. As a result, Wire narrowly missed appearing on the influential Top Of The Pops television program, and remained a band with credible cult status but no hit records. On the Silver Anniversary of Outdoor Miner's release, Words On Music sets free this brilliant pop song once more through a full-length album tribute. Choosing a single Wire song for this novel project is particularly apt in light of the band's 1991 album The Drill — which contains nine reworkings of the title track.
 
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