New Releases — March 2, 2020 at 8:20 am

New releases: Simple Minds, Luke Haines & Peter Buck, The Cure, TMBG, Rowland S. Howard

Simple Minds’ ‘Street Fighting Years’

This is a round-up of the week’s new albums, expanded reissues and/or box sets, appearing each Monday on Slicing Up Eyeballs. All releases due out this Friday unless noted. May also include some other titles released in recent weeks but not previously featured.


Simple Minds

RELEASE: Street Fighting Years: Super Deluxe Edition
BACKSTORY: Simple Minds this week releases an expanded, multi-format reissue of its 1989 album, including a 4-disc CD box set that includes B-sides and remixes, plus a live album recorded in Verona, Italy.


Luke Haines & Peter Buck

RELEASE: Beat Poetry for Survivalists
BACKSTORY: The former R.E.M. guitarist joins forces with Luke Haines, onetime frontman of The Auteurs, for an album that features songs about Bigfoot, Pol Pot and “a post-apocalyptic radio station that only plays Donovan.”


The Cure

RELEASE: Disintegration 
BACKSTORY: The deluxe 3CD reissue of The Cure’s 1989 masterpiece is itself reissued and back in print. Features the original album remastered, plus the full live Entreat disc and another disc of demos of songs off the album.


They Might Be Giants

BACKSTORY: The two Johns this week release a vinyl picture disc of their third studio album, which just celebrated its 30th anniversary. Features “Birdhouse in Your Soul,” “Istanbul (Not Constantinople)” and “Your Racist Friend.”


Rowland S. Howard

RELEASE: Teenage Snuff Film
BACKSTORY: The debut solo album from the ex-Birthday Party guitarist, released in 1999, is reissued on 180-gram vinyl this week.  Features “Exit Everything,” “I Burnt Your Clothes” and a cover of Billy Idol’s “White Wedding.”


Ric Ocasek

RELEASE: Beatitude
BACKSTORY: Rubellan Remasters reissues the 1982 solo debut from the frontman of The Cars, with the original album remastered and supplemented by several bonus tracks, including the 1983 re-recording of “Jimmy Jimmy.”



RELEASE: Fade To Grey: Special Dance Mix Album
BACKSTORY: Rubellan Remasters reissues the 1983 compilation from Visage, with several bonus tracks appended to the remastered collection, including the single and dub mixes of “Night Train” and rare B-side “Frequency 7.”






  1. “Street Fighting Years” is one of the most underrated albums of the 80’s.

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