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Colin Newman

Colin Newman was a member of the hugely influential post-punk band, Wire. A lack of funds had prevented 4AD from being able to fund his solo debut, A-Z, which was instead released by Beggars Banquet. Subsequently, Newman came to Ivo with an idea for an instrumental album which could be recorded on a shoestring. 1981's Provisionally Entitled The Singing Fish was the result.

The following year, the coffers somewhat replenished, Ivo was able to finance a proper Colin Newman album. Not To featured contributions from Wire colleagues Robert Gotobed and Graham Lewis. A separate 7" single brought together ‘We Means We Starts’ with an alternate version of the album's title track.

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