New Releases — July 13, 2020 at 7:57 am

New releases: Depeche Mode, Joy Division, The Pretenders, Wire, Big Country, Go-Go’s

Depeche Mode

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.


Depeche Mode

RELEASE: Violator: The 12″ Singles
BACKSTORY: Depeche Mode this week continues its celebration of the 12-inch with the latest in its series of vinyl box sets, this one celebrating 1990’s Violator with a 10-disc collection of the 12-inches released to promote that record.


Joy Division

RELEASE: Closer, “Transmission,” “Atmosphere,” “Love Will Tear Us Apart”
BACKSTORY: Rhino Records this week releases a 40th-anniversary clear-vinyl pressing of Joy Division’s Closer as well as 12-inch singles of “Transmission,” “Atmosphere” and “Love Will Tear Us Apart” on 180-gram vinyl.


The Pretenders

RELEASE: Hate For Sale
BACKSTORY: This week sees the pandemic-delayed release of Chrissie Hynde and Co.’s first new album in four years and 11th overall under The Pretenders banner, a 10-song collection produced by Stephen Street.



RELEASE: 10:20
BACKSTORY: The CD edition of Wire’s new collection of outtakes from 2010’s Red Barked Tree and 2020’s Mind Hive will be released this week. The set originally was planned as a vinyl release for the delayed Record Store Day.


Big Country

RELEASE: Essential Big Country
BACKSTORY: This three-CD box set, due out this week, is advertised as collecting Big Country’s “hit singles, deep album cuts, fan favorites and more,” from the band’s first hit “Fields of Fire” up through material released in 1991.


The Go-Go’s

RELEASE: Beauty and the Beat
BACKSTORY: The 1981 debut album from The Go-Go’s receives a new vinyl reissue this week. The record features “Our Lips Are Sealed,” “We Got the Beat,” “How Much More,” “This Town,” “Automatic” and more.


Tin Machine

RELEASE: Tin Machine II
BACKSTORY: The second and final album from David Bowie’s Tin Machine, originally released in 1991, is reissued this week in a limited-edition of 5,000  pressing on 180-gram silver vinyl “packaged in a spot varnished sleeve.”


The Heads

RELEASE: No Talking, Just Head
BACKSTORY: The 1996 album by the David Byrne-less Talking Heads — with vocals by Johnette Napolitano, Michael Hutchence, Debbie Harry, Andy Partridge, Richard Hell and more — is reissued this week on CD.






  1. RE: Joy Division single reissues – hi-res digital

    Thanks for this news. Last year when New Order reissued the singles in tandem with Movement they did not release said singles digitally in hi-res in North America. Hoping history does not repeat itself here and that the JD singles are made available.

  2. Scott Stalcup

    Another. Big. Country. Anthology?!!!?
    Another. Beauty. And. The Beat. Reissue?!!?

    I understand the fidelity on these is amazing! It’s like they’re scraping the bottom of the barrel in the same room with you!

  3. Scott Stalcup

    I’d go after Depeche Mode, too, but I think we’d all… enjoy the silence.


  4. OK. Why is a forgotten 24 year old album that was as poorly received as “No Talking, Just Heads” getting a reissue on such an excruciatingly uncool,
    anti-hipster format like CD? Is there really such a demand for it?

    Seriously. What’s up with that?

  5. Scott Stalcup

    Still trying to “undo the damage [they] have done,” maybe, Nortley?

    • Dunno. But with the CD format supposed to be on death watch it seems like a really odd choice for a reissue.

      • Scott Stalcup

        Didn’t they tour with Johnette Napolitano on vocals? I’ve loved Johnette since middle school. She’s a great frontwoman… so long as the band is Concrete Blonde.

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