THE HITMEN GET DELUXE REISSUE TREATMENT
Thursday, 4 October 2007
Classic Aussie high-energy rock albums reissued in association with new volumes of the acclaimed collection of '70s/80s Australian Punk & Garage Rock'DO THE POP!'
November 3 will see the release of deluxe double-disc reissues of the legendary first two albums by THE HITMEN, comprising members of two recent ARIA Hall of Fame inductees and touring partners, RADIO BIRDMAN and THE HOODOO GURUS.
Formed by Birdmen CHRIS MASUAK and WARWICK GILBERT and Birdman MC JOHNNY KANNIS soon after Birdman's initial demise in '78, THE HITMEN also featured future Gurus mainstays BRAD SHEPHERD and MARK KINGSMILL by the time they came to record their self-titled debut in '81 and its follow-up 'It Is What It is' in '82.
Overlooked for far too long, THE HITMEN'S music is ripe for re-evaluation, and Savage Beat!/Shock's deluxe reissues will provide ample opportunity. Each album will be accompanied by a massive booklet with lengthy notes and numerous images. More importantly, each will be expanded to include about 45 tracks, with a bounty of previously unheard demo and live material added to each set. Hitmen classics like 'Didn't Tell The Man', 'Corridors Of Power', 'Rocket On The Elevator Up' and '15 Hours' will be featured alongside long lost fan favourites like 'Cold December' and 'Wings of Steel', as well as incredible covers of the Sonics, MC5, 13th Floor Elevators, Iggy Pop, Bo Diddley, Blue Oyster Cult, Dictators and the Flamin' Groovies' great 'Shake Some Action'.
Fans of Birdman, the Gurus and the great Australian band's that followed in the Hitmen's wake, like the Screaming Tribesmen and the Lime Spiders, will find the wit and the power of the Hitmen an absolute revelation. Johnny Kannis and Chris Masuak are set to reconvene the band towards the year's end in celebration. Stay tuned for more on that front.
THE HITMEN'S 'THE HITMEN' AND 'IT IS WHAT IT IS' WILL BE RELEASED ON SAVAGE BEAT!/ SHOCK RECORDS NOVEMBER 3.