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It's Beginning to and Back Again
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Studio album by Wire
Released May 1989
Recorded Kitsch Studios, Brussels, Belgium
Terminal 24 Studios, London, UK
Genre Alternative rock, electronic, experimental rock
Length 59:43
Label Enigma
Producer John Fryer, Paul Kendall, Wire
Wire studio album chronology
A Bell Is a Cup
It's Beginning to and Back Again
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars [1]
Robert Christgau B− [2]

It's Beginning to and Back Again, also known by its acronym IBTABA, is the sixth studio album by the British post-punk group Wire, released in 1989. The title comes from the lyrics of the third song, "German Shepherds".

Half of the album consists of reinterpretations of live performances of material from the band's previous record, A Bell Is a Cup...Until It Is Struck. The recordings are "based on performances in Chicago, Portugal and London." Live tracks were deconstructed in the studio and remixed by Wire. The record contains the single "Eardrum Buzz", which was the band's most successful single in their history, charting at #2 on the Billboard Modern Rock Tracks chart and #68 in the UK.

Track listing

All tracks written by Bruce Gilbert, Robert Gotobed, Graham Lewis and Colin Newman.

Original edition

  1. "Finest Drops" – 4:28
  2. "Eardrum Buzz" – 4:16
  3. "German Shepherds" – 4:39
  4. "Public Place" – 6:05
  5. "It's a Boy" – 3:59
  6. "Illuminated" – 6:51
  7. "Boiling Boy" – 8:17
  8. "Over Theirs" – 9:24

CD bonus tracks

  1. "Eardrum Buzz" (12" Version) – 4:15
  2. "The Offer" – 2:55
  3. "In Vivo" – 4:34


  • Colin Newman
  • Graham Lewis
  • Bruce Gilbert
  • Robert Gotobed


  1. ^ IBTABA at AllMusic
  2. ^ "CG: wire". Robert Christgau. Retrieved 2012-02-24.
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