Never a bad time to wade through psych-folk hero Robyn Hitchcock’s back catalogue, but Yep Roc’s making it so there’s never been a better time, releasing a box set of three of Hitchcock’s finest ’80s LPs (Black Snake Diamond Role, I Often Dream Of Trains, and Eye, alongside previously unreleased gems from the archives (which has been titled, excellently, While Thatcher Mauled Britain Part 1 & 2). Robyn’s calling the reissue I Wanna Go Backwards, which also happens to be the title of the sweet ‘n’ snotty, trebly melodic rarity from the set that we’ve got for ya below. Actually, “I Wanna Go Backwards” was never completed; just a slightly fuzzed guitar and a few harmonizing Hitchcocks. But even then, what more could you ask for?
I Wanna Go Backwards is out in CD or eight-vinyl format on 10/16 via Yep Roc. If you don’t care for the rarities and just want the enhanced versions of the ’80s albums included in Backwards, you buy ‘em separately on that day, too — but after “I Wanna Go Backwards,” can’t imagine many of you would pass up getting Mauled.