Material Issue, 'International Pop Overthrow: 20th Anniversary Edition'

The cult-classic debut album by Chicago-bred power-pop trio Material Issue — 1991’s International Pop Overthrow, home to modern-rock radio hits “Valerie Loves Me” and “Diane” — will be treated to an expanded 20th anniversary reissue this spring, filled out with eight rare bonus tracks.

Due out April 5 on Hip-O Select, the 22-track International Pop Overthrow: 20th Anniversary Edition features a remastered version of the original album, plus six of the eight non-album tracks that appeared on the 1991 promo-only disc Eleven Supersonic Hit Explosions, the 1988 track “Sixteen Tambourines” (featured on a College Music Journal sampler) and the apparently unreleased “The Girl With the Saddest Eyes.”

Among the bonus tracks are covers of songs by Sweet (“Blockbuster”), Thin Lizzy (“Cowboy Song”) and Simon & Garfunkel (“The Boxer”) (see full tracklist below).

Formed in 1985, Material Issue began generating buzz by the late-’80s with is early singles and self-titled EP. Although the band’s debut is considered a modern power-pop classic and was critically acclaimed, the trio never really broke through commercially, releasing two more albums before frontman Jim Ellison took his own life in 1996.

See the tracklist for Material Issue’s ‘International Pop Overthrow’ reissue after the jump…

Tracklist: Material Issue, International Pop Overthrow: 20th Anniversary Edition

1. “Valerie Loves Me”
2. “Diane”
3. “Renee Remains The Same”
4. “This Letter”
5. “Out Right Now”
6. “Crazy”
7. “Chance Of A Lifetime”
8. “International Pop Overthrow”
9. “Very First Lie”
10. “Trouble”
11. “There Was A Few”
12. “This Far Before”
13. “A Very Good Idea”
14. “Li’l Christine”
15. “Cowboy Song” *
16. “Blockbuster” *
17. “Echo Beach” *
18. “She’s Goin’ Through My Head” *
19. “The Boxer” (Live) *
20. “The Girl Who Never Falls In Love” *
21. “Sixteen Tambourines” *
22. “The Girl With The Saddest Eyes” *

* Bonus track

 

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