The first album to anthologize the 20-year recording history of The The, one of the U.K.'s most notable modern rock bands of the past two decades, will be issued May 20 by Epic in Britain. Titled "45

The first album to anthologize the 20-year recording history of The The, one of the U.K.'s most notable modern rock bands of the past two decades, will be issued May 20 by Epic in Britain. Titled "45 RPM," the set features many of the best-known tracks by the Matt Johnson-led group, as well as three new songs. The album will be supported by a U.K. tour and precedes remastered editions of the band's studio albums, due in July.

"45 RPM" includes a previously unreleased edit of 1982's "Uncertain Smile," as well as "Perfect" from that year, and such favorites as "Infected," "The Beat(en) Generation," "Dogs of Lust," "Love Is Stronger Than Death," and "I Saw the Light," from 1995's Hank Williams tribute "Hanky Panky." The new songs on "45 RPM" are "December Sunlight," "Pillarbox Red," and "The Deep Down Truth," with the second of those titles also due to be issued as a single in June. A limited-edition CD featuring 12-inch mixes of eight The The singles will be made available with initial copies of the album.

The July album reissues will also be available in a limited-edition box set with an extra disc, on which Johnson is interviewed by onetime collaborator/former Smiths guitarist Johnny Marr. Born in London but a longtime resident of New York, Johnson left the city shortly before Sept. 11 last year and is now based in Gothenburg, Sweden.

The The's last album, "NakedSelf," was issued in 2000 by Trent Reznor's Nothing Records label. But Johnson was unsatisfied with the label's promotional efforts, and went public with his comments in July of that year on his official Web site. He was eventually released from his contract and has since been working on material for a new The The album.