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Depeche Mode, Wire, Thomas Dolby, Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark: Rose Bowl, Pasadena CA

Paul Mathur, Melody Maker, 16 July 1988

WIRE HAVE probably not played to 100,000 people in total as they've skimmed their precious stones across the edges of a strange pop history. And yet here they are in a place larger than Wembley Stadium cranking the din up loud, playing all the notes that sound wrong, but seduce with criminal ease, bewildering the Californians. It might have been 'Silk Skin Paws' that turned the event upside down, sounded like a dyslexic Springsteen, touched. There. Awesome or something.

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