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The Undertones – True Confessions: Singles = A’s + B’s (1999): Forgotten Series

The Undertones – True Confessions: Singles = A’s + B’s (1999): Forgotten Series

The Undertones produced outstanding songs, but they unfortunately never netted enough sales to acquire widespread notice, remaining a cult favorite.

Paul Collins’ Beat – To Beat or Not to Beat (1983); Long Time Gone (1985): Reissue

Paul Collins’ Beat – To Beat or Not to Beat (1983); Long Time Gone (1985): Reissue

A new reissue highlights the often-overlooked Paul Collins’ Beat, one of the great power pop bands from the late ’70s/early ’80s.

Suburban Lawns – Suburban Lawns (2015)

Suburban Lawns – Suburban Lawns (2015)

A badly needed reissue reminds us of Suburban Lawns’ focus on new wave excitement and subversion, bolstered by a sense of humor and of the odd.

Gary Numan’s finally earning his props: ‘Thankfully, I’m still here’

Gary Numan’s finally earning his props: ‘Thankfully, I’m still here’

Decades after “Cars” arrived on September 7, 1979 as part of ‘The Pleasure Principle,’ Gary Numan’s influence is only becoming more obvious.

Tommy Tutone – Tommy Tutone 2 (1981): On Second Thought

Tommy Tutone – Tommy Tutone 2 (1981): On Second Thought

There’s no denying that Tommy Tutone’s “867-5309/Jenny” is the strongest track here, but ‘Tommy Tutone 2’ had more than that that going for it.

WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 14:  Musicians (L-R) Elliot Easton, Greg Hawkes, Todd Rundgren, Kasim Sulton and Prairie Prince pose at a press conference to announce an upcomming tour and performance by "The New Cars" at the House of Blues on March 14, 2006 in West Hollywood, California.  (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

Todd Rundgren jumpstarted the New Cars’ surprisingly fun It’s Alive

The New Cars, who released their lone album on June 6, 2006, made a canny choice in replacing Ric Ocasek with the multi-talented Todd Rundgren.

The Police, Talking Heads, the Velvet Underground, Television, the Stooges, MC5, Blondie – CBGB (2013)

The irony, of course, was that Hilly Kristal originally wanted to open a roots-rocking Bowery bar — thus, the name: CBGB, which stood for “country, bluegrass and blues.” Lucky for us, that’s not how it turned out.

Almost Hits: The Cars, “Since You’re Gone” (1981)

Almost Hits: The Cars, “Since You’re Gone” (1981)

This is, even more so than the title track hit from 1981’s Shake It Up, the exact midpoint between the harder-edged new wave of the Cars’ classic 1978 debut and the sleek MTV smash Heartbeat City still to come.

On Second Thought: A Flock of Seagulls – A Flock of Seagulls (1982)

On Second Thought: A Flock of Seagulls – A Flock of Seagulls (1982)

It’s time that certain critics got over the band’s name and the singer’s then-seagull haircut, and just listen to the music here without prejudice.

Donnie Iris, “Ah! Leah!” (1981): Almost Hits

Donnie Iris, “Ah! Leah!” (1981): Almost Hits

Unfortunately, Donnie Iris’ “Ah! Leah!” will likely be entered into the historical record as “peaked at 29 – forgotten by many.”

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