I got the soundtrack CD to best-TV-show-of-all-time The Wire as an anniversary present last night. In my CD collection I have about four or five samplers from music-magazine-I-used-to-buy-intermittently The Wire. Let’s see how they stack up against one another.
The Wire (TV show): Steve Earle, Michael Franti, the Nighthawks, the Pogues, the Neville Brothers, Tom Waits, the Blind Boys of Alabama, and a bunch of Baltimore hip-hop acts I’ve never heard of but which are great;
The Wire (music magazine): Throbbing Gristle, now and then an Albert Ayler track or something like that, and a bunch of stuff that might as well be by Throbbing Gristle.