British post-punk greats Wire are planning a proper release of their bootleg, Not about to diewhich will be released on June 24th via Pinkflag.
To accompany the announcement, the band shared one of the album cuts, “Stepping Off Too Quick,” which Wire singer Colin Newman says is “the best intro to any song ever.” After that suspense-building opening, “Stepping Off Too Quick” settles into a frenzied sprint of nervous guitars, restless drums and Newman’s voice yelling “Stepping off too quick/Not about to die”.
The original Not about to die Bootleg was released by Amnesia Records in the early 80’s and featured a smattering of demos Wire recorded for their second and third albums. chairs are missing and 154. The band had recorded the demos for their then-label EMI, and while the cassettes were only meant to circulate internally, recordings of recordings were eventually released Not about to die (One publication speculates that the low quality audio on the original bootleg is from second or third generation cartridges).
For the official release of Not about to dieWire did a neat remaster of the original demos. The album artwork also appropriately features a slightly more sophisticated version of the original bootleg’s cover art.
Not about to die was released on vinyl for the first time last month as a limited Record Store Day exclusive. “The LP version was originally a Record Store Day release and we’re happy to support independent record stores,” Newman said in a statement. “We also appreciate that RSD doesn’t cover all retail, not everyone wants to consume music on vinyl and in fact not everyone can get into a record store. So this release is for everyone else!”
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