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Product details

  • Audio CD (9 Jun. 2014)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Box set, Deluxe Edition
  • Label: Cherry Red Records
  • ASIN: B00JAD11X8
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 10,600 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Velocity Girl - Primal Scream
  2. Happy Head - The Mighty Lemon Drops
  3. Pleasantly Surprised - The Soup Dragons
  4. Feeling So Strange Again - The Wolfhounds
  5. Therese - The Bodines
  6. Law - Mighty Mighty
  7. Buffalo - Stump
  8. Run To The Temple - Bogshed
  9. Sharpened Sticks - A Witness
  10. Breaking Lines - The Pastels
  11. From Now On,This Will Be Your God - Age Of Chance
  12. It's Up To You Shop - Assistants
  13. Firestation Towers - Close Lobsters
  14. Miaow - Sport Most Royal
  15. Half Man Half Biscuit - I Hate Nnerys Hughes (From The Heart)
  16. The Servants - Transparent
  17. Mackenzies - Big Jim (There's No Pubs In Heaven)
  18. Big Flame - New Way (Quick Wash And Brush Up With Liberation Theology)
  19. We've Got A Fuzzbox And We're Gonna Use It - Console Me
  20. Mccarthy - Celestial City
  21. The Shrubs - Bullfighters Bones
  22. The Wedding Present - This Boy Can Wait(A Bit Longer)

Disc: 2

  1. Just The Same - The June Brides
  2. Another Side To Mrs Quill - Yeah Yeah Noh
  3. Lazy - The Primitives
  4. Splashing Along - Jesse Garon & The Desperadoes
  5. Rosemary Smith - The Band Of Holy Joy
  6. Virginia M.C. - The Mctells
  7. E102 - B.M.X. Bandits
  8. Like One Thousand Violins - One Thousand Violins
  9. Peppermint Dreams - The Dentists
  10. Everything's Brilliant - The Membranes
  11. Worm In My Brain - The Weather Prophets
  12. Meet Me On Tuesdays - The Brilliant Corners
  13. I Told You So - Talulah Gosh
  14. Hedonist Hat - Pigbros
  15. Inside - 14 Iced Bars
  16. Go Ahead, Cry - St. Christopher
  17. Captain Fantastic (Demo) - The Groove Farm
  18. The Peacock Nose - Kilgore Trout
  19. Inside Me - The Jesus And Mary Chain
  20. You Didn't Love Me Then - The Hit Parade
  21. Mine - That Petrol Emotion
  22. One Breath - The Turncoats
  23. Skink (Flexi Version) - A Riot Of Colour
  24. Tune In. Turn On, Trip Out - Paul Groovy & The Pop Art Experience
  25. Darkness And Colour - The Railway Children

Disc: 3

  1. Sweet Revenge - The Chesterfields
  2. World's No Place - The Jasmine Minks
  3. Why - Stitched
  4. Sad Kaleidoscope - Razorcuts
  5. I Remember - Treebound Story
  6. Part Time Moral England - The Nightingales
  7. Strike Up Matches - Episode Four
  8. Everything's Going Right - The Avons
  9. Here It Comes - Meat Whiplash
  10. Spider Psychiatry - King Of The Slums
  11. Freaky Dancin' - Happy Mondays
  12. Love's Going Out Of Fashion - Biff Bang Pow
  13. Outback Jazz - Blue Areoplanes
  14. Heartache - Lawrence & The Comfortable Society
  15. Take Your Time, Yeah (Flexi Version) - Laugh
  16. Billy Liar - North Of Cornwallis
  17. Mesmerized - Pop Will Eat Itself
  18. Hang Fire - Benny Profane
  19. Real Life - Go! Service
  20. Good To Be King - Janitors
  21. Gullible's Travels - The Claim
  22. Scoop - The Auctioneers
  23. Perfect Cockney Hard - On
  24. Hep Clothes - The Love Act
  25. I Don't Need You - The Enormous Room

Product Description

Product Description

Back in May/June 1986, the New Musical Express released one of their regular mail-order cassettes. Reflecting the latest trends in Indie music, C86 was a 22-track cassette which was inspired by the NMEs C81 tape from half a decade earlier. Aside from a few name bands (The Pastels, Primal Scream, the Wedding Present, the Mighty Lemon Drops), most acts were relatively unknown beyond the back pages and gig listings of the weekly music press. A few hadnt even issued a record! C86 slowly but surely became the NME's best-selling ever compilation, selling an estimated 40,000 copies and eventually being reissued on LP and cassette by Rough Trade the following year. C86 prompted a week of shows at the ICA and would come to embody a whole musical style and era. This deluxe expanded edition of the original C86 cassette adds some 50 bonus tracks. The box set is curated by original compiler Neil Taylor and has the endorsement of the NME. Neil has chosen tracks which could conceivably have been on the original C86 package: all the recordings were made between mid-1985 and mid-1986. Neil wrote about many of the bands at the time.

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I turned 21 in 1986, and regularly purchased the NME, and the cassettes which it was famously associated with during the period.
This one took on a life of its own at the time, and still has a special place for those of us into the music of the time.
The original tracks are all here, from the cassette and later vinyl issue, but this is expanded out to a three CD set which allows many other excellent bands to be added to the snapshot of the time. Critics will point out that some of the selections aren't perhaps what we might choose if there were no licencing restrictions. Others will insist much of the content is twee and lightweight. Both are arguably true, but the C86 period wasn't really just about the music, but was the time when the indie scene took the promise first generated by punk and grew it into lots of small labels and cottage industries. It only lasted for a few years at most, but it was a fantastic time, when virtually every concert turned up a gem, and the fanzines and their flexi-disc offerings gave a genuine new take on what was around. It can probably never happen again, what with the internet and all it's media offerings, but I still look back on it fondly, and this reminds me that it isn't just rose-tinted glasses of nostalgia - there are some real gems here.
72 tracks with a wide variety of sounds, all packaged in a nicely fitting cardboard box with a superb booklet.
Cherry Red are the kings of this, and this is one of their best.
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If I could write and perform a song today, I'd release it on seven inch vinyl in a wraparound sleeve. With insert. And sticker. Not that all of the bands on this compilation did, but that independent ethic, where the whole package mattered, ran strong throughout.

C86 became a tag synonymous with the bands on these three discs and their loosely connected scene. Especially so with many of them who would also be described as twee. In fact two of the "twee-est", Talulah Gosh and The Chesterfields, weren't even on the original cassette. But twee was of course a simplistic description as there was always, to borrow from a McCarthy track, a knife between the teeth of these groups. On first listen to this collection in '86/ '87 (together with the first couple of Melody Maker Indie Top 20 tapes) I fell wholeheartedly for the tunes and harmonies. Years later I've still got the piles of vinyl to prove it, from the Soup Dragons to Mighty Mighty, from Miaow to The Close Lobsters, I spent weekends searching second hand vinyl racks across the country and mail ordering. And not forgetting from Talulah Gosh to The Chesterfields. I was hungry for it all.

So this variety of tunes formed the basis of my, and probably many others, record collection and musical taste. I can hardly imagine not having listened to the wonderful Breaking Lines by The Pastels (incidentally the only track with a differing version to the original release) or Velocity Girl by Primal Scream. Iconic tracks which surely show it was much more than "twee" or "shambling" or, well even "indie" for that matter, with all the connotations that would later take on.

But listening some 28 years later the tunes that excite me almost even more are the more angular ones.
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A personal potted history of indie pop..... The Buzzcocks, Postcard Records, John Peel, The Only Ones, Subway Sect, Fast Records, British movies from the 60's, Fanzines. Then came The Smiths.

With C86, I didn't need glossy pop, I got guitars! Bands brought out colourful 3 minute pop songs on labels I'd never heard of. This collection is a hit and miss affair with some classics (Wedding Present, Bodines, Soup Dragons) and some songs I've not heard for years. Though it wasn't a movement, major labels soon moved in and diluted the rough production and tried to make pop stars of them.

So with the death of record shops and downloads taking over how we purchase music, I'm glad to see the DIY ethic still visible. Bands like Pains of Being Pure At Heart, Young Romance, Allo Darling have obviously been influenced by C86.

Go on dig out your 7"s and listen to the snap, crackle and indie pop!
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What a shame!
I'd remembered this as a terrific compilation. My old casette is unplayable so I decided a refresh was called for.

I was excited to find that the original tracks were on this release (there is another one out there with a similar name but with many of the original tracks omitted). Even better - I thought - two extra discs of similar stuff.

What a disappointment- most of the songs are discordant miserable affairs. They probably work for me in the context of Thatcher's Britain but in 2015 they are mostly a dirge.

The first disc of original songs from the tape is best but in truth all three discs on the overpriced compilation are sludgy muddy sounding recordings of instantly forgettable music.

What's that phrase about never going back?! Nostalgia is over-rated.
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I remember buying the NME (as well as Sounds and Melody Maker!!) back in the day and this cassette was one of the best ones they gave away. It introduced me to bands that i subsequently adored such as The Wedding Present, The Shop Assistants and The Mighty Lemon Drops.
It seems to have subsequently created it's own genre and i would previously have said that would be 'indie guitar jangle pop/rock' but listening to Disc 1 again (which is the same track listing as the original cassette) it's obvious i was a little blinkered in my analysis as although a lot of the bands do fall into that category, many done not e.g Stump, MacKenzies, Age Of Chance & A Witness.
As it now comes on 3 CDs with 72 tracks it's certainly a bargain but for most of us who were there at the time i imagine it will be more enjoyable for the nostalgia value, although i still find myself enjoying listening to at least 50% of it, if not more.
Some surprisingly good bands that passed me by first time around are Yeah Yeah No, Go! Service and The Enormous Room.
It comes with a massive booklet full of historical facts and colour photos but one very minor niggle is that the box won't close properly once the booklet has been read!!
By no means perfect of course (nothing with so many tracks could be) but as an historical document of the music of that year (and subsequent ones) it's just priceless.
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