Hot on the heels of me telling you about the 3CD set of their singles, The Stranglers' Decades Apart (March 9) is released as a 2CD collection of hits and album tracks, but this time there's at least one track from "each of their 16 albums" (they've got WAY more than that, folks), plus two new recordings, "Retro Rockets" and "I Don't See the World Like You Do.'
Meanwhile, down under in Oz, the Hoodoo Gurus release an album of all new material, Purity of Essence. The 16-track CD features the single "Crackin' Up" (not sure if this is an original, the Bo Diddley song, or the Nick Lowe one), plus a di rigeur DVD of live footage shot for Max TV and interviews. (March 16)
Here in the States, a 180-gram vinyl release of Wild Gift by X comes out (March 23) from Porterhouse. The band's first album, originally released on Slash in 1981, it's practically a greatest hits of L.A. punk. The reish will feature the full original inner sleeve and lyric sheet.
And now, ladies and germs, you can stop trying to find a good copy of The Flying Lizards' debut, eponymous LP. A CD reissue is due (April 6) in the US that will have, naturally, both "Money" and "Summertime Blues" on it (plus a single version of the former). Now that's what I want…