'The Smithereens Play Tommy'

Record Rack: A weekly round-up of the pertinent new releases hitting stores this Tuesday:

ARTIST: The Smithereens
RELEASE: The Smithereens Play Tommy
BACKSTORY: One of the finest power-pop/bar bands of the ’80s continues its weird transformation into a late-career cover band, following two albums of Beatles tunes with their own take on The Who’s classic rock opera Tommy.

ARTIST: The Vaselines
RELEASE: Enter the Vaselines
BACKSTORY: This 2CD/3LP set is an expanded reissue of the 1992 Sub Pop comp The Way of the Vaselines, and features the band’s two EPs (Son of a Gun and Dying for It) and only full album (Dum-Dum), plus a second disc of demos, unreleased tracks and live cuts recorded in the U.K. 1986 and 1988.

ARTIST: The Wedding Present
RELEASE: “Dick York’s Wardrobe: The Hit Parade Videos”
BACKSTORY: This DVD collects the videos for the one-a-month singles that David Gedge and Co. released throughout 1992 in lieu of a new Wedding Present album, plus a cover of Elton John’s “Step Into Christmas.”

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