Thus it represented the point when the British 'pop culture establishment' publicly recognised Wire's primacy. "154 makes 95 percent of the competition look feeble," wrote Nick Kent in the NME, "Wire are achieving a lot of things other - and more recognised - names have been striving for" wrote Chris Westwood in Record Mirror . "The album is a musical Tour de Force" wrote Jon Savage in Melody Maker.
154 is the Wire album that is the most popular from the 70's albums amongst Wire fans (perhaps perversely Wire fans tend to be the least enamoured with Pink Flag) and has had the most diverse influence, across many genres, of the 3 ...and despite the only slightly less stellar Pitchfork Media rating of 9.1 ("good" Pitchfork reviews rend to get a 7.5 to 8.5 rating) 154 manages to hold it's own - rating a respectable #11 in Rate Your Music's chart of 1979 (voted for by real people rather than music journalists). Chairs Missing made #3 in 1978's chart Pink Flag #9 in 1977's.