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CD86: 48 Tracks From The Birth Of Indie Pop [2 CD Set]

Various Artists Audio CD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (26 Feb 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Sanctuary
  • ASIN: B000HT3KO2
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 115,734 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Velocity Girl - Primal Scream
2. The Sun A Small Star - The Servants
3. Around And Around - Hurrah
4. Why Does The Rain - The Loft
5. Vibrato - East Village
6. Pristine Christine - The Sea Urchins
7. What Went Wrong This Time - The Siddeleys
8. Anorak City - Another Sunny Day
9. Get Out Of My Dream - Clouds
10. Golden Shower - The Boy Hairdressers
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Disc: 2
1. Upside Down - Jesus And Mary Chain
2. Really Stupid - The Primitives
3. It Always Rains On Sunday - The Groove Farm
4. The Black Country Chainstore Massacre - Pop Will Eat Itself
5. Come Get Me - 14 Iced Bears
6. Sign On The Line - Fizzbombs
7. Anti Midas Touch - The Wolfhounds
8. This Boy Can Wait - The Wedding Present
9. Bible Of The Beats - Age Of Chance
10. Safety Net - Shop Assistants
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Woke up to the smell of fresh cut grass ... 2 Mar 2007
By Mr. I. Stephen VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
Well, who do you think would have put out the best indiepop double CD compilation in recent times, the hipper than hip Rough Trade or the 90's answer to K-tel - Castle ? The contents speak for themselves here with an absolute 'on-the-nail' selection from a truly golden age of British indie music. Sure, there's the odd 3rd division turkey in there, but out of 48 tracks that still makes for an exciting listen through !

I can't understand the odd gripe in other reviews that it doesn't represent every type of music that was on the original C86 tape though, that seems to be missing the point somehow. Very fine as the music put out by the likes of Ron Johnson was, stylistically it's of a different strain that came from and went through to other places. Leaving this stuff off the compilation actually makes the listening thread hang together much better.

I'd recommend this thoroughly both to those who 'wore their fringes like Roger McGuinn' at the time or to any younger viewers who've maybe read about the scene with some curiosity and want a high quality introduction to what, for anyone who was 16 in 1987 rather than in 1977 like me, was genuinely their very own Punk Rock.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Blasts From The Past 2 Nov 2006
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Fantastic compilation from a neglected era (area) of music. Some stuff I still listen to 20 years on (Wedding Present, JAMC, Half Man Half Biscuit), some stuff I didn't know (Fizzbombs) and some excellent blasts from the past I'd forgotten all about (Mighty Lemon Drops, Shop Assistants, Bodines and especially Anti Midas Touch by the Wolfhounds. It only loses a point because there's a bit too much crossover with the Subway Organisation and Rough Trade Indiepop compilations. Still such minor carping aside, well worth a dip into.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Anoraks Away!! 11 Jan 2007
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The 20th anniversary of the last truly rock orientated movement of the 1980's has recieved minimal column inches and just this one solitary compliation. C86 was a movement which gelled only after NME put a cassette out featuring a collection of relativley new bands causing a storm on the indie charts and getting regular plays on John Peel whilst anorak clad hordes bounced around to the sounds when they played live. It was alternative and it was proper indie music as there were labels set up to record and distribute this music by people who loved.

20 years on and we get a look back at this genre and 48 tracks at first look seems generous. There are a number of key bands represented here Primal Scream, The Primitives, Half Man Half Buscuit, BMX Bandits all of whom were key to the scene. There are also some glaring omissions which gives this collection a somewhat misleadingly narrow sound. There was a lot more to this scene than simple jingle jangle but you wouldn't believe it listening to this. The awkward and difficult sounds of the likes of Bogshed, Stump and even We've Got A Fuzzbox And We're Going To Use It were all on the NME cassette and part of the movement although none get a place here. The sleevenotes betray the real problem with this compilation as Bob Stanley writes with all the dispassion of a record collector and not a fan.

Musically this is still wonderful. Sometimes off key, sometimes out of tune, even out of time with itself. It has an energy and a passion that makes it very much of its time by still powerfully compelling. Hearing some of these pieces for the first time in years made me feel nostalgic and a little sad that this wonderful music was something of a cul-du-sac as there is really little trace of this sound in the current crop of bands.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Two-disc reminder of key indie movement 12 Nov 2006
By Jason Parkes #1 HALL OF FAME
Format:Audio CD
The current music scene must be defective in a few ways, since there seems to be a lot of looking back. Don't get me wrong, there are plenty of fine albums and singles being made, but like many, I'm spending a lot of time looking back. Maybe this is a result of reissues and downloading - alongside the tedious talking head/list-based TV programme and/or tedious Top 100 list that is uber predictable, there has been some interesting looking back: the Josef K/Orange Juice-compilations, the original of `Nuggets', `Rip It Up & Start Again' (album & book), `Messthetics Greatest Hits - The Sound of UK DIY 1977 - 1979', `American Hardcore', `White Bicycle' (book & compilation), `early' by Scritti Politti, the recent Elektra box-set, `Only After Dark' etc. Ignore Bob Dylan: do look back!!!

This thoroughly necessary compilation helmed by Bob Stanley presents 48 tracks from the era tagged C86, this is to tie in with the `Do It For Fun' exhibition at the ICA and the upcoming documentary `Hungry Beat' (one of several Saint Etienne-helmed documentaries of recent years). This isn't the original C-86 compilation that I recall someone plonking me on a cheap blank tape I got from a garage in the mid-1980s - some of the tracks are from that, others have different tracks, while some of the bands have been passed over (...obviously someone might get lost in the shuffle of publishing or get nixed over space - two discs is very generous and this is as comprehensive as those Rough Trade compilations of recent years). Perhaps someone ought to reissue the original C-86 compilation for historical purposes? - certainly one to file next to `Doing It for the Kids.
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5.0 out of 5 stars amazing cd
This is an important reference to the world music, even some bands are classified as cd86, to discribe Indie Bands from UK in the 80's amazing amazing amazing, in my collection, in... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Frank Bozic Jr.
5.0 out of 5 stars People who escaped the music business
Think about it-what few singles charted by so called Punk bands were all on corporate labels.And the whole idea of bands going on what we now call Indie labels was simply because... Read more
Published on 8 Jun 2011 by Richard
4.0 out of 5 stars The missing scene
I was a bit too young to get into punk the first time around but only just. My musical awakening came with post-punk, ska, electro and new wave in the late '70s/early '80s. Read more
Published on 1 Sep 2009 by Philip Quinton
1.0 out of 5 stars Bland twee nonsense
I hate to be so negative but this is an awful cd. Historically interesting perhaps but if you have no nostalgia for the subject matter a very trying experience. Read more
Published on 21 Mar 2009 by D. Cail
5.0 out of 5 stars First Class!
If you were into Indie music back in the mid 80's then this is for you! And if your wondering who paved the road for all the other indie bands to come heres your answer! Read more
Published on 12 Nov 2007 by Stephen Ormerod
3.0 out of 5 stars Precious - and not in a good way
This 2CD 48 track compilation harks back to the era of the NME cassette C86.However,its NOT an expanded reissue of that release as there are actually only 3 tracks included from... Read more
Published on 16 Nov 2006 by Steve A
4.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic mix for every lover of alternative British guitar music
In the mid-late 80s I was in a musical wasteland that came between the Smiths and the Roses and yet I listen to this album now and think 'what was doing?'.. Read more
Published on 30 Oct 2006 by roger from putney
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Flash Back
With almost all the same tracks/artists as the original C86 tape, this CD is a genius release, to mark a brilliant period of music.

This is where it all started. Read more
Published on 25 Oct 2006 by Victoria Lloyd
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