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Scared To Get Happy: A Story Of Indie-Pop '80-'89 Box set


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  • Audio CD (24 Jun 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 5
  • Format: Box set
  • Label: Cherry Red
  • ASIN: B00CI5MXNM
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 40,276 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. The Revolutionary Spirit - The Wild Swans - The Wild Swans
2. Getting Nowhere Fast - Girls At Our Best! - Girls At Our Best!
3. Showing Off to Impress the Girls - Art Objects - Art Objects
4. (There's Always) Something On My Mind - The Pale Fountains - The Pale Fountains
See all 26 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. The Sun Shines Here - Hurrah! - Hurrah!
2. If She Doesn't Smile (It'll Rain) - Fantastic Something - Fantastic Something
3. Everybody's Problem - Pulp - Pulp
4. Dark 7 - Strawberry Switchblade - Strawberry Switchblade
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Disc: 3
1. Velocity Girl - Primal Scream - Primal Scream
2. Go Out and Get 'Em Boy! - The Wedding Present - The Wedding Present
3. Thru the Flowers - The Primitives - The Primitives
4. Sad? - BMX Bandits - BMX Bandits
See all 28 tracks on this disc
Disc: 4
1. Shine On - House of Love - House of Love
2. Something About You - The Shamen - The Shamen
3. The Albums of Jack - The Bachelor Pad - The Bachelor Pad
4. Albert Parker - Gol Gappas - Gol Gappas
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Disc: 5
1. The Hardest Thing in the World - The Stone Roses - The Stone Roses
2. Keep the Circle Around - Inspiral Carpets - Inspiral Carpets
3. Indiepop Ain't Noise Pollution - The Pooh Sticks - The Pooh Sticks
4. Solace - Sea Urchins - Sea Urchins
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Product Description

Inspired by the Nuggets compilations, the box set boasts 134 tracks spanning the 80's, drawn from all the key labels of the period Creation, Factory, Cherry Red, Rough Trade, Sarah, Subway Organisation, Zoo, Kitchenware, Pink, Chapter 22, In Tape, Medium Cool, Lazy, Dreamworld, 53rd & 3rd, Ron Johnson, el, Vindaloo, Red Rhino, Food, etc. Many of the bands later tasted mainstream success: Primal Scream, Aztec Camera, Stone Roses, Pulp, the Wonder Stuff, Lloyd Cole & The Commotions, the Inspiral Carpets, the Soup Dragons, the Wedding Present, James, the La s, del Amitri, the Primitives, the Jesus & Mary Chain, Prefab Sprout, the Shamen, Cud, the Bluebells, Black, the House Of Love, Strawberry Switchblade, Pop Will Eat Itself, the Darling Buds, Fuzzbox, That Petrol Emotion, the Railway Children, Jamie Wednesday (as Carter USM), the Milltown Brothers and the Boo Radleys. The box set boasts a stylish 54-page booklet with a lengthy sleeve-note detailing each track and illustrations of the records and bands involved. A few tracks (Strawberry Switchblade, Soup Dragons, Bluebells, Close Lobsters, etc.) have never officially been released before. Many others are extremely rare and make their debut on CD.

Customer Reviews

4.1 out of 5 stars

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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By dazzprince2 on 29 Jun 2013
Format: Audio CD
Agree with the previous two reviews. Great music let down by bizzare packaging, i managed after some time to liberate the discs from the packaging with some minor damage. Problem two is you can't get them back in without risking further damaged, however, I have now compromised and put them into plastic sleeves attached with cellotape...Not that i should have to do this, but don't want to return the box as I imagine they are all like this.
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28 of 32 people found the following review helpful By TCH TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 29 Jun 2013
Format: Audio CD
This set has had mixed reviews with the Guardian, Mojo, Arts Desk all giving middling reviews for various reasons. Straight off the bat I have to say I think the song selection is pretty solid with about 2-3 "duds" per disk which isn't a bad hit rate when there are 134 tracks. Also despite having quite a lot of 80's indie I only had 10-tracks on the set and so a lot of this music is new to me. Yes, as the reviews state the set has been seriously compromised by the lack of some big names (Smiths, Felt, Postcard era Orange Juice, Aztec Camera & Josef K, a 'proper' J&MC track as opposed to a demo, etc) but I suspect that a lot of the potential buyers of this set will already have the "big names" of 80's indie and so I tend to be more forgiving on this point.

One can nitpick endlessly about the song selection for a set of this size and yes, even with the big names missing there are glaring song substitutions such as the rickety "God Bless" instead of "Therese" from The Bodines. However in the main the set is listenable bar some abrasive post-punk tracks sneaking in, such as Big Flame (not a good track), Josef K (the clangourous "The Missionary" instead of the brilliant, jangling "Sorry For Laughing" which was proto-indie in excelsis). Finally on this subject I have to point out that 'Vote For Love' by Jamie Wednesday might just be the worst song I've ever heard in my life, perfectly summing up everything that detractors accused 80's indie of being (twee, precious, inept, clunky, etc).

Therefore overall I'd recommend this set bar one enormous problem..... the packaging which is atrocious.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By mr n harold on 18 July 2013
Format: Audio CD
Most of the debate concerning this boxset centres around track selection which is what you'd expect with this type of release.
I find the mastering unlistenable. This is sonically rotten, all shrill high end treble and no bottom at all.
Whilst I appreciate we're not reviewing roots reggae, I have a lot of these tracks elsewhere and they all sound better.
Someone new to this scene would have no idea why so many of these tracks were beloved.
Cherry Red drop the ball again (I still haven't forgiven them for the puny Monochrome Set "Lost Weekend" reissue).
Now, where's the aspirin?
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Ms. E. J. Fallowfield-cooper on 28 Jun 2013
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As my title suggests, this is a treause trove of material from a great era, however, God knows who designed the box set as trying to get the disc out of their holdings without the risk of snapping them is impossible. I don't know if it is a fault with my box, but had to slightly bend them to get out and now they don't sit firmly when put back in.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By F. Scatena on 4 Aug 2013
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Something is out from this compilation, but this is a remarkable effort to list the music of an era where music was the focus and DIY the dogma.
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This box is súper and extraordinaire. Buy It Now and joy this compilations. Classic and gorgeous to the new wave musicians.
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In some ways the strength of this collection is also its weakness.
Covering 'indie' music from the decade when it perhaps could be deemed to have really taken off is a broad remit, and for many of us living through the period we will have a favourite part of the decade often coupled with an illogical dislike of others, often bordering on fanatical.
Song choices are good. There are cases where I would have preferred others by the same artists (Soup Dragons for example), many where the choice was perfect (Aztec Camera for example), and a few that are weird but presumably driven by the difficulty of licencing (Jesus & Mary Chain springs to mind, though it's still a great song).
On any collection there are always a few you'd rather not have, and that's the case here, but these are few and far between.
So, packaging... something of a bugbear for many here it seems.
When I received the set I'd seen the reviews and at first could see exactly what they meant. It is an odd way of holding discs, and not one I'd like to be seen repeated. Having said that, I found that if each disc was pushed down against its retaining fully it did just about come out without flexing, and returns in a similar way. Still one of the most difficult things I've encountered in a CD package before though, but you do have to admit it looks great. For me the whole set is now digitised and unlikely to be often removed, so not so big an issue, but if you were taking them in and out regularly it would be easy to damage them.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By artrocker on 12 July 2013
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While this is a fantastic compilation even without the artists missiing(through contractual reasons)I am amazed that this is so expensive here. On Cherry Reds own site it is listed as £34.99. I fully expected it to be cheaper here.
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