March 2001, South by Southwest music conference in Austin Texas will mark the first in a string or reunion dates for The Soft Boys. According to Matador Records, this will be the first reunion in 20 years for the extremely influential English psychedelic popsters. On March 13, Matador will re-release the Soft Boys' 1980 classic, Underwater Moonlight. Four days later on March 17th (at SXSW) singer/songwriter Robyn Hitchcock, guitarist Kimberley Rew, bassist Matthew Seligman and drummer Morris Windsor will begin their stint of reunion shows.
The Soft Boys are rummaging through old photos and memorabilia of their career so that the re-release of Underwater Moonlight on Matador will be significantly different than Rykodiscís last version (Additional art, liner notes, etc.). Matador will also release a bonus CD of previously unreleased rehearsal recordings, as well as a vinyl version.
The Soft Boys formed in 1976, and culled an impressive cult until their demise in 1981. Such bands as R.E.M. have cited Hitchcock and the Soft Boys as influences. Hitchcock has recorded 15 albums since the breakup of the Soft Boys, including 1990's Eye and 1999's Jewels for Sophia.
Source: MTV Online