Red Lorry Yellow Lorry

Smashed Hits

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Covering the first three years of Red Lorry Yellow Lorry in singles, the vinyl-only Smashed Hits (released in 1986 on Fundamental in the U.S.) would later be supplanted and improved upon in 1994 by Cleopatra's Generation: The Best Of, not to mention thoroughly obliterated by the same year's comprehensive The Singles 1982-1987, released by Cherry Red in the U.K. This particular compilation should appeal only to collectors and those who are anti-compact disc, since none of the following Red Lorry Yellow Lorry compilations would be released on vinyl. Nonetheless, it is a fine collection, gathering early songs like "Beating My Head" and "He's Read," steely singles that forge the bridge between Joy Division and late-'80s to '90s goth rock.