Bruce Gilbert and Graham Lewis were members of the innovative and highly influential band Wire, whose three late 70s albums - Pink Flag, Chairs Missing and 154 - were a fertile and increasingly abstract voyage into the possibilities of the post-punk musical universe. By 1980, the band were on the brink of losing their record deal with EMI and were starting to fragment into separate recording units. Ivo, a big Wire fan, met Bruce and Graham at a Bauhaus show, where the pair offered 4AD some material they had been working on. Shortly afterwards, the Like This For Ages EP was released under the name Cupol, followed by the full-length album 3R4, credited simply to BC Gilbert/ G. Lewis. All of Bruce Gilbert and Graham Lewis's 4AD material was subsequently collected on the 8 Time CD.