Post-punk supergroup GENERAL PUBLIC are to have their first two albums reissued on vinyl for the first time.

General Public were formed in 1983 by Dave Wakeling and Ranking Roger from The Beat along with Specials bassist Horace Panter, Mickey Billingham and Stoker from Dexys Midnight Runners and Mick Jones from The Clash, who left part-way through the recording of their debut album.

Although the UK was broadly indifferent to the band, both their third single 'Tenderness' - which featured in the John Hughes 'bratpack' movies Sixteen Candles and Weird Science - and the debut album All The Rage were huge hits in Canada and the US, where the album spent 39 weeks in the Billboard 200.

A minor success in both territories, '86's second album Hand To Mouth yielded two major US Dance Chart hits in 'Too Much Or Nothing' and 'In Conversation'.

Wakeling will be touring with a new version of General Public in the US next month.

Set for release on 4 August through BMG, All The Rage and Hand To Mouth are available to pre-order here.

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