Dreaming Of Wires: The Rise And Fall Of Our New Electro-Pop Overlords

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  1. Fantastic piece.

    At last! I was never sure if the whole I Dream of Wires thing with the NME was a wind-up. (I was only 14 at the time) God knows how many people must have been taken in by it, in the pre-internet age it was piss-easy for the press to big groups up who no-one outside of London could never be sure were genuine.

    Just found this mea culpa on a NME review of Ladytron’s 604 LP back in 2001:

    “Don’t like to brag, but NME invented Ladytron in 1995 for a laugh. Not Ladytron the stupendous deadpan krautpop revivalists from Bulgaria via Liverpool, but Ladytron: The Concept. Back then they were called I Dream Of Wires and we made them up, wrote an in-depth feature on their ‘phenomenon’ then killed them off in a sickening April Fools’ Day bus crash.”

    Written by Mark Beaumont, he was definitely at the NME back then, was he behind the whole thing?

    Great blog this mate. What we the NME thinking with Copper Blue ferchrisaakes?! Had it’s moments, mind.

    Automatic for the People was Album of the Year! In their coke-addled confusion, NME journos gave the gong to an LP with a track called Man on the Moon on it. Just it was the wrong one.

    1. Yeah, I Dream Of Wires – from that hotbed of cutting edge satire, the New Musical Fucking Express. I actually revisited the Ladytron review you mention when writing this piece – in part because 604 is a damn fine record, and it’s ridiculously disingenuous (and predictably unsurprising) that the lead-in to the write up was yet more NME self-congratulation (if I remember correctly, the I Dream Of Wires pieces didn’t carry a byline, but yeah – Beaumont had something to do with it).

      Still, thanks for dropping by, + the nice words.

      And whilst we’re talking all things Copper Blue, I actually wrote something about this not too long back. http://wp.me/p18aRM-16b – because I’m a brutal self-publicist – enjoy.

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