Immediately prior to his death, brought about by his flirtations with sincere boredom, Haines managed to compile a list of his favorite songs for posterity. Unsurprisingly, they were all his own work. Thus, EMI is releasing this 3 CD boxed set of 62 incomparable tunes by the ex-Auteurs leader, many of them unavailable until now. Luke Haines Is Dead features a lost BBC take of 'Government Book Store', further BBC session versions of 'The Upper Classes' and 'Everything You Say Will Destroy You', the Rough Trade version of 'Housebreaker', a song actually penned with Kylie Minogue in mind called 'I'm A Rich Man's Toy', live Radio One session recordings of 'Modern History', 'New French Girlfriend' and 'Chinese Bakery', Outtakes of 'X Boogie Man' and 'Car Crash', and four Steve Albini-produced Peel Session tracks including 'Kids Issue'. There is much more, of course: remixes including 'Confrontation', 'Dalai Lama', 'Fuse' and 'ESP Kids' and the stupendous and never before available version of 'Future Generation'; diamonds 'Satan Wants Me', 'The Mitford Sisters' and 'Bugger Bognor'. Of course Luke Haines is not dead. He is only resting. But if you ever needed an introduction to Haines's work, Luke Haines Is Dead is it. 2005.