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Wireless - 1980 No Static

ARTIST: Wireless
ALBUM: No Static
LABEL: Anthem
SERIAL: ANR-1-1025
YEAR: 1980
CD REISSUE: 1994, Magada, MAGHCD-20 (2 on 1 named as 'The Anthem Years' along with 'Positively Human Relatively Sane') * 2012, Rock Candy Records (UK), CANDY137
SPONSOR: Rock Candy Records


LINEUP: Mike Crawford - guitars, vocals * Steve McMurray - guitar, vocals * Alan Marshall - bass, vocals * Marty Morin - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Pay To Ride * 02 Timekeeper * 03 Go Naked Through The Woods * 04 One Of A Kind * 05 East Of The Sun West Of The Moon * 06 Deep Heat * 07 Warm Night With A Three Quarter * 08 Friends * 09 Journey Of A Possible Hero

Here's a band who have taken on some level of cult status over the years, mainly under the guise of being a supposedly eccentric hard rock outfit with lyrics to boot. Researching the bands history I was surprised to learn their origins lay in Australia, with Marshall, McMurray and original drummer Glen Beatson moving to Canada to pursue their destiny. They picked up Canadian vocalist Michael Lalonde and guitarist Crawford to round out their original lineup for the 1976 debut, but by 1978's 'Positively Sane' album, Lalonde and Beatson were gone and the above lineup was in place. Rush's Geddy Lee produced this, their third and final album, and indeed this does have a lot of the vibe Rush were emitting themselves circa 'Moving Pictures'. Wireless were a lot more varied in their approach to songwriting, but this is - in reality, an upfront hard rock album with some impressive power that rightfully has earned this status as a collectors item.

The Songs
There's plenty of gallop and harmony to be found in the guitar tandem of Crawford and McMurray, the best of which is heard in 'Journey Of A Possible Hero', a slab of UFO inspired metal which surges nicely, short in length but with the atmosphere of an epic that Rush too would have been proud to use. There's nothing fancy about 'Deep Heat' and the near boogie riffs, but Wireless knew how to write slower ballad material, cue the effective 'East Of The Sun, West Of The Moon', another epic with standout guitar work. Also impressive is 'One Of A Kind', which is quite similar to Point Blank around 'Airplay', especially with the Southern twang in the guitar work, which shows how inventive Wireless could go from track to track. Offbeat is 'Friends', more of an AOR moment with similarities to 805, the harmonies here in the vocals lovely to hear. I like the quirky time signatures of 'Warm Night With A Three Quarter Moon', which somehow evolves into a furious fusion and prog breakdown.

In Summary
This one deserves all the plaudits it has received over its lifetime and I understand it has yet to see a proper CD release, which in this day and age is unacceptable, although I could be wrong. The band split following its release and given the relative lack of information on Wireless what became of its various members is unknown. Hard to believe even the assured help of Geddy Lee couldn't break Wireless, perhaps they were too obscure for the mainstream, which seems unlikely as this is instantly more listenable and heavy than anything I've personally heard from Rush. Most of you with an inkling for Canadian rock will probably have heard this. For those unaware, this comes highly recommended.

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#1 | Nick C on May 09 2007 16:58:46
This actually received an official CD release on MaGada called the 'Anthem Years' and is comprised of their 2nd two albums 'Positively Human Relatively Sane' and this, 'No Static'. BUT the remastering is abysmal especially on 'No Static' where it sounds like the tape slows down and speeds up (especially noticeable near the end of 'Pay To Ride' ). It's a pity it's done so badly as Wireless were an excellent band and it would please me no end to see these albums remastered properly, and their self titled debut that was released on the Atlantic label. Great band!
#2 | rkbluez on May 10 2007 22:59:04
Yeah I got that bogus Magada 2 on 1 and it drags all over the place...if there was a problem with the master tapes don't you think any sound engineer who knows his ass from his elbow would of picked up on it and fixed them...there is no excuse for such a lousy job...especially since both Wireless albums are classic's and deserve so much better. This pissed me off almost as bad as the total crap reissue of Stray Dog 'While Your Down There' that Zoom Club did where you could hear scratches and background noise thoughout almost the whole disc...and people complain about poor Wounded Bird.thumbs down
#3 | bigm will on May 11 2007 00:06:45
I have this Magada 2 on 1 and the master tape does drag from the first track on. I was pissed when I got it. Don't waste your money on this crap. The band is awesome and should be Remastered by someone who knows how to do it right. pissed
#4 | reyno-roxx on July 31 2008 08:40:46
'East Of The Sun West Of The Moon' is an absolute gem.
#5 | gdazegod on April 10 2012 21:41:18
Finally out on RC.. Thumbs Up
#6 | rkbluez on July 14 2012 18:21:42
Classic! Rock Candy...ROCKS!!!!!!
#7 | reyno-roxx on May 12 2016 22:25:55
I've only just discovered that Steve McMurray, who helped hugely with his contributions to the booklet essays for both Rock Candy reissues, passed away on 5th March 2014. Rest in peace mate and thank you so much for making those reissues as special as they are.
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