The Human League – The Very Best Of

Greatest hits (again) plus recent acclaimed remixes

Motörhead – Stone Deaf Forever

Five CDs,little remorse,strictly for the committed

Electric Dreams

When '80s Northern boys hooked up with a pair of disco and hip hop gods

Old School Ties

Second wave hip hop pioneers, unfairly best known for donating a little bit of that hip to Aerosmith

Linda Perhacs – Parallelograms

Gorgeous, ethereal folk, recommended to Uncut by Devendra Banhart

Brett Smiley – Breathlessly Brett

As detailed in Uncut (see Strange Days, Take 76), this 1974 debut from the super-effete Smiley has been rotting in obscurity for nearly 30 years. Unashamedly over-produced by Loog Oldham (who saw Brett as "the British Jobriath" rather than a pale Bowie), it's clear on the glam-baroque of "Queen Of Hearts" alone that Smiley had superstar potential. Just listen to his angelic cover of Neil Sedaka's "Solitaire" and mourn the career that might have been.

Transmission Statement

Before the sex pistols there was New York's Lower East Side: trash aesthetes with short hair and kinky vixens in B-movie stilettos. Kids with minor drug habits and slim volumes of symbolist verse. Pre-punk 'punk' was Gotham's reaction to smug denim California and prog-pomp stadium blow-out. The new Bowery Bop was about immaculate posing, street-corner nihilism. It was railroad-apartment art-rock out of the Velvets, Stooges, Dolls, with a side order of Nuggets garage psychedelics.

Susan Cadogan – Hurts So Good

Lee Perry-produced reggae diva's 1977 classic

Leon Ware – Musical Massage

Lost '70s soul classic from Marvin Gaye songwriter and acolyte

Biting Tongues

Re-release of albums by legendary '80s Factory band featuring 808 State's Graham Massey
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