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!