Remastered, repackaged and reissued. Beloved of Trent Reznor, Billy Corgan and Michael Stipe

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Virgin Prunes

While U2, fellow members of the mid ’70s Dublin clique known as Lypton Village, went on to become “the world’s biggest band” TM, the Village’s co-founders Virgin Prunes? led by Gavin Friday?pursued a far darker, experimental escape route. Their first four singles, collected as A New Form Of Beauty, make for brutally uncomfortable listening, though Colin Newman of Wire softens the edges on follow-up If I Die…. Her