Wire’s Colin Newman

Wire was so secretly influential in American music that frontman Colin Newman didn’t even know it for a couple of decades. We discuss the reasoning behind that, as well as the band’s history and the differences between punk in the US and the UK.

The MC5’s Wayne Kramer

The MC5 and guitarist Wayne Kramer used to take people to church, so to speak. The incendiary proto-punk band’s fervency and social conscience were second to none. But it’s still hard to believe that their schema was influenced by the actual church.

Andrew WK

Andrew WK’s mantra, “party hard,” sounds simple. And maybe it is. And maybe it’s simultaneously a rallying cry for embracing what we consider the binary existence of good and bad to transcend the usual definitions of those constructs. No, seriously. Ju…