Edvard Graham Lewis
Edvard Graham Lewis is an artist whose career has spanned twenty years
and nearly as many music styles. From his beginings with
Wire (pictured at right, from left to right, Newman,
Gilbert, Gotobed, and Lewis), through his colaborations with fellow
Wire-mate Bruce Gilbert (Dome, Duet Emmo,
Cupol, P'O, MZUI), to his solo project and recent colaborations
(He Said, H.A.L.O., He Said Omala, Ocsid, Hox), he has
been responsible for much ground-breaking and style-setting work.
His Work with Wire
His Work without Wire
During Wire's hiatus from 1980 to 1986, Lewis and Bruce
Gilbert continued their partnership under the name
Dome. They explored experimental music, from
electronic noise to ambient drones on "Dome One" and "Dome 2" in 1980.
They recorded the single "Like This For Ages/Kluba Cupol" as
Cupol, and the album "3R4" as
B.C. Gilbert/G. Lewis on the 4AD label in 1980. The
album "Dome 3" was released in 1981.
They then undertook a number of collaborative projects. As
MZUI on 1982's "Waterloo Gallery" Dome
collaborated with Russell Mills placing mics around a London art
gallery. They were also involved in the production of
MZUI's "Australia" with Russell Mills and Graham
Bartlet, a live air-to-satellite mix from Sydney to London. "Or So It
Seems", the 1982 album released under the named Duet
Emmo (an anagram of Mute and Dome), was the
result of a collaboration between Dome and Mute Records chief Daniel
Miller. This project began their (and Wire's)
relationship with Mute. In 1983, Dome recorded an EP
with Angela Conway as P'O, "Whilst Climbing Thieves Vie
For Attention". They also released "Will You Speak To This World: Dome
Lewis's solo work was done under the name He Said.
Released in 1986, the same year as Wire's reformation,
the first album, "Hail!" includes contributions by Gilbert, John Fryer,
Brian Eno, Anglea Conway and others. The follow-up, "Take Care", was
released in 1989.
After moving to Sweden and changing record labels to MNW Zone, Lewis
renamed his solo project H.A.L.O.. The 1995 release
"Immanent" was recorded with Orjan Ornkloo from Misery Loves Co and
engineer Thomas Hedqvist. A collaboration with the Swedish
ambient/industrial band Omala produced the 1997 album
"Catch Supposes" and a disc of remixes titled "Matching Crosses," which
were released under the name He Said Omala. Since
then, he has released "It-ness" with Andreas Karperyd (half of
Omala) under the name Hox. A
collaboration with Carl Michael von Hausswolf and Jean-Louis Huhta
produced the album "In Between" released under the name
"A Lewis Sampler"
Here is a list of some of my favorite Lewis songs that he wrote and/or
performed on. I actually wrote down this list for this guy who
stopped by my office one day when I was playing the
H.A.L.O. disc, asked who it was, and then went out
and bought it. I thought he might like to buy a few more albums, for
the total Lewis experience.
Vote for your favorite Lewis songs at Wireviews!
by Wire, from "154", 1979
- "Rolling Upon My Day"
by Dome, from "Dome 1", 1980
- "Or So It Seems"
by Duet Emmo, from "Or So It Seems", 1983
by He Said, from "Hail!", 1986
by Wire, from "The Ideal Copy", 1987
by Wire, from "It's Begining To And Back Again", 1989
and Slow it Grows"
by Wir, from "The First Letter", 1991
- "Skip the Sausage"
by H.A.L.O., from "Immanent", 1995
- "Post Code Orange"
by He Said Omala, from "Catch Supposes", 1997
Warning to the uninitiated! While I believe that the above songs
represent the best of Lewis's work, some of the rest of the music on
these albums is very different. In particular, most
of the Wire vocals are actually done by Colin Newman,
and much of the Dome disc is very experimental and
hard to listen to (which does not mean it's bad).
Album Covers Mentioned Above
Album cover graphics shamelessly stolen from The
One of the reasons that I respect Lewis so much is his adherence to
what I like to call the "One Band Lineup Per Name Rule". Many bands
(Sisters of Mercy, Depeche Mode, and Genesis pop immediately to mind)
keep the same name despite major changes in lineup.
Thus, if you have an album that you really like by some band, and you
go buy another album by the same band, you may find that the musician
that was responsible for what you liked has since left the band, but
the rest of the band kept the name. For example, The Revolting Cocks
were never the same after Richard 23 left.
Lewis has been very consciencious about changing the names of his
projects whenever there was a change in lineup (to the point of even
changing names when he recorded for different record labels). Thus,
you get Lewis and Gilbert recording as "Dome" on
their own Dome Records, but when they released tracks on 4AD, they
used the name "Cupol" for one record, and their own
names for another. Add Daniel Miller from Mute Records to the mix,
and you get "Duet Emmo". Add Russell Mills and you
get "MZUI"; add Angela Conway, and you get
"P'O". His solo project is called "He
Said", but a collaboration with Orjan Ornkloo became
"H.A.L.O." and a collaboration with
Omala became "He Said Omala". And,
of course, "Wire" without Robert Gotobed became
- The "Official" Wire Site
apparently by the band members themselves.
- For a complete Lewis discography, both with and without
Wire, see The
Wire Page or its mirror.
This is a fabulous page that covers everything Wire.
The web would be a better place if all fan pages were this good.
- Buy the albums! Own the magic! Only at Wire Mail Order. Merchandise,
interviews, and other information. Clearly, a labor of love, and the
only place that you can get many of these necessary albums. Among other
things, be sure to see
- MNW Zone's
H.A.L.O. page. This is Lewis's new label.
- The Eyesore Database
contains complete information on everything ever done on 4AD Records.
Another labor of love.
- German/English Real Audio Graham
Lewis Interview from I
am Wired, the live Wire page.
- There are reviews of Dome's work and Lewis's solo work at Wireviews.
- Roadkill's WWW Music Database He Said
Page. Fan entered information, and crosslinks to related artists.
- The Trouser Press site
contains opinionated reviews for many albums and bands. I don't agree
with much of what they have to say (for example, I don't believe Colin
Newman was the "prime creative force" behind Wire (I
don't think any one of them was "prime") and if his "A-Z" was supposed
to be the fourth Wire album, I'm glad they went on
hiatus when they did (the only song that I like on that album is "Alone"
which was co-written by Lewis, and I think the This Mortal
Coil cover is better than Newman's version)).
- Al Crawford's reviews of the Dome
- Lewis and Gilbert produced The The's first
single and played on "Burning Blue Soul".
- Top Wire picture from Kevin Eden's book
Everybody Loves A History
- Lewis picture from MNW Zone's H.A.L.O. page.
- MP3's linked from The Wire Sound
- Album cover graphics from The
- This page has been accessed at least times
since November 7, 1997.
Kent H Lundberg
(email address) Last updated February 14,