Serpentine Miner

7 10 2009

leaf minerThe song “Outdoor Miner” taken from the Wire album Chairs Missing is a short, sharp pop artefact. It’s also one of those touchstone songs that everyone seems to have a cover version of, wearing their post-punk hearts on their sleeves.

The actual “serpentine miner” reference in the song is to a fly larva that is noted as the most cosmopolitan species of the leaf miner family, and creates burrows in the leaves they feed on/mine (see pic).

The Grays: Outdoor Miner

Mary Lou Lord: Outdoor Miner

Wire: Outdoor Miner (long version)

Ted Leo: Outdoor Miner

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