New reissue news from Pussy Galore and Royal Trux

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When I woke up today I didn't expect that my inbox would have two promo e-mails announcing new reissues of records by noted rock 'n' roll deconstructionists Pussy Galore and the group's better-known offshoot Royal Trux sitting in it side by side. But life is full of surprises, right?

In my opinion, Pussy Galore remains one of the more underappreciated groups of the 80s proto-indie art-rock scene. A lot of that is the fault of their aggressively confrontational nature, which tends to overshadow the music they made. Then as now, it would be easy to pick up a record that boasts song titles like "Cunt Tease" and "You Look Like a Jew" and decide that it wasn't your kind of thing. But behind the shock tactics, the band was doing interesting work sifting through the ashes of classic rock that punk had left behind and dissecting what they found in fascinating ways, and their postmodern analysis and interpretation of source material like the Rolling Stones' Exile on Main St. would have a huge impact on the underground for years to follow.

Royal Trux was Pussy Galore guitarist Neil Michael Haggerty's attempt to take that broken-down material and put it back together again. Alongside coconspirator Jennifer Herrema, he used trad-rock cliches to reconstruct a noisy, junked-out replica of 70s guitar boogie that refused to be read simply as either a sincere tribute to the original music or an exercise in deep irony—somehow it was both, simultaneously. And it was supergood.

The vinyl reissue of Pussy Galore's 1986 Groovy Hate Fuck EP comes out on Record Store Day, which this year falls on April 20. The Royal Trux's straightforwardly titled 3-Song EP, which they recorded in 1998 to promote a European tour during a phase when Slint alumnus David Pajo was a member, is out now on vinyl and CD, although Drag City's site still says it's out of print. Hit the jump for music from both.

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