On the ragged "A Pop Song," Wreckless Eric, born Eric Goulden, howled about writing a radio hit with "a money spinning hook."

On the ragged “A Pop Song,” Wreckless Eric, born Eric Goulden, howled about writing a radio hit with “a money spinning hook.”

“If the muse don’t hit you/ You’re off the books,” he growled, summing up the sometimes-contentious artist-label relationship in a couple concise lines. Fortunately, the muse has hit the English new wave rocker on numerous occasions — most notably on his 1977 single “(I’d Go The) Whole Wide World,” three minutes of romantic longing transformed into undeniable pop bliss.

More recently, Fire Records has started returning later issues from the Wreckless Eric catalog to print, including The Donovan of Trash (first issued in ’93, repressed in 2014), an album whose title perfectly captures the artist’s melodic, lo-fi sensibilities.