Along with a couple of other tracks from Wire’s brilliant punk debut, Pink Flag, such as ”Feeling Called Love” and perhaps ”Champs”, the band show they are unafraid to venture into more straight-ahead pop territory. While much of the record is taken up with anxious musical vignettes or dark mood experiments, ”Mannequin” sounds downright bubbly by comparison. The song falls in the traditional kiss-off category while also criticizing the shallow nature of artificially enhanced beauty in the process. To a jangling three chord progression and an effusive rhythm section, singer Colin Newman sings with an uncharacteristically melodic, bright eyed affability as he cheerily derides, “You’re a waste of space / No natural grace / You’re so bloody thin / You don’t even begin…” The chorus comes complete with plush “ooh-ooh” backing vocals as he continues to gently berate, “To interest me / Not even curiosity, it’s not animosity / It’s just you don’t, interest me”. After an almost bubble-gum pop breakdown, the boy’s launch into a boozy barroom chant -a round of “la, la, la’s” that (gasp!) carry a slight hint of maudlin sentimentality. Wire continue to surprise the listener with a fearless array of musical approaches throughout Pink Flag’s twenty odd tracks with song’s like ”Mannequin” proving again that this debut is it one of the period’s truly unique albums.