Violent Femmes have reissued their 1991 album Why Do Birds Sing? announced for the 30th anniversary. The deluxe edition will be available on October 8th via Craft Recordings. The 2xCD version contains previously unreleased material, remastered songs, outtakes, alternative takes, new liner notes by songwriter and journalist Jeff Slate, and a full concert recording from ’91. The original LP will also be remastered and reissued on vinyl. Today the band shared a previously unreleased track called “Me and You”. Check it out below.
The deluxe CD remake of Why Do Birds Sing? contains early versions of songs that ended up on the band’s later albums, including a scaled-down version of “Color Me Once,” original recordings of “4 Seasons” and “Breaking Up,” an alternate mix of “American Music,” and more. Slate’s new liner notes feature interviews with founding members Gordon Gano and Brian Ritchie about the making of the album.
Violent Femmes released their greatest hits compilation Add It Up (1981-1993) back in May. Find out where the band’s self-titled 1983 debut landed on Pitchfork’s “The 200 Best Albums of the 1980s” list.