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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One not to be forgotten
The Inspiral Carpets have always been one of the forgotten bands of the 80's & 90's. Lost amongst the Manchester scene of The Smiths, New Order, Happy Mondays et al, they, like the Farm, are seldom referred to when the scene is discussed. The quality and diversity of their music is brilliant however, and let's not forget the fine, fine use of the Hammond Organ! Dragging...
Published on 27 May 2004 by Antony Dowd

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3.0 out of 5 stars Some brilliant tracks, but not all of it floored me
Inspiral Carpets were a band that, at the height of their popularity, pretty much passed me by. They were a staple of the "Madchester" baggy indie scene in the late 1980s, alongside The Stone Roses and Happy Mondays. At that point, in my early teens, I was busy listening to my Beatles, Stones and Bowie albums and didn't have a great deal of interest in new music...
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Some brilliant tracks, but not all of it floored me, 6 Jun. 2013
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Andy Sweeney "music was my first love" (Brighton, East Sussex) - See all my reviews
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Inspiral Carpets were a band that, at the height of their popularity, pretty much passed me by. They were a staple of the "Madchester" baggy indie scene in the late 1980s, alongside The Stone Roses and Happy Mondays. At that point, in my early teens, I was busy listening to my Beatles, Stones and Bowie albums and didn't have a great deal of interest in new music. However, in the early nineties, I became aware of them thanks to listening to good late night radio programmes and really loved Clint Boon's swirling Hammond Organ sound, particularly enjoying "Dragging Me Down" and "Saturn 5". In 2009, I finally got around to buying their Greatest Hits for a relatively small amount of money. Thankfully, I only spent a few quid on this purchase because, to be frank, I was disappointed when I first heard it. It's not that this is a particularly bad collection (far from it), it's just that this isn't an album that I can easily appreciate by listening to it from start to finish. It's like having a huge box of chocolates and having to eat a lot of chocolates you don't particularly enjoy just to get to the ones you do. None of them are that terrible, far from it, but by the time you reach your favourites, you don't enjoy them as much because you've overdosed on the flavour.

Without delving any further into their back catalogue, it still seems glaringly obvious that the Inspiral Carpets were very much a singles band, because not exactly everything on their twenty track "Greatest Hits" is brilliant. It does, therefore, leave you to wonder what their other tracks were like. Their early material is full of energy, but a little devoid of melody and more than a little samey. It does, in my opinion, get a lot better as the album goes on and, as the last track finishes, the latter part of the album almost tricks you into thinking that you've heard an absolutely brilliant collection, but the first half of this album is slightly unremarkable. I'm guessing that makes me more of a fan of their later output. Still, I think, to absolutely love this album, you have to have been there, to have lived it. If you weren't, then there are still some cracking tracks on their "Greatest Hits", but I wouldn't necessarily recommend listening to everything on this collection to get to the good stuff. It's actually a good album to rip to a digital music player and hear tracks from at random, singularly, amongst other artists. They really do sound better when separated from each other, so you aren't overwhelmed by a particular distinctive sound.

My personal favourites from their "Greatest Hits" are the early career highlight, "Caravan", the laid back "Please Be Cruel", the absolutely classic "Dragging Me Down", the sensational "Saturn 5" (the song that got me interested in the Inspiral Carpets in the first place), the catchy "Generations", "I Want You", which has a similar musical feel to The Jam's "Funeral Pyre" and the gently melodic "Uniform". I've listened to this album a couple of times today and certainly think that it's a little better than I first thought, but it's an album that could be a lot shorter than the mammoth twenty tracks on here and the inclusion of everything but the kitchen sink does put you off listening to the whole album on from start to finish. The highlights are certainly excellent, but you have to wade through so many tracks to get to them, so it remains an album I'm happy to own, but not one I will be listening to very often.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One not to be forgotten, 27 May 2004
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The Inspiral Carpets have always been one of the forgotten bands of the 80's & 90's. Lost amongst the Manchester scene of The Smiths, New Order, Happy Mondays et al, they, like the Farm, are seldom referred to when the scene is discussed. The quality and diversity of their music is brilliant however, and let's not forget the fine, fine use of the Hammond Organ! Dragging Me Down is my personal favourite, but there are plenty of tracks on here that most will remember fondly, especially This Is How It Feels To Be Lonely.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Have you heard this before somewhere?...., 8 Dec. 2004
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They wrote some of the catchiest singles EVER!!!! If their albums had been as consistent, they'd have been huge!!! This is a really good way to find out what they were really about. 3 Quality minutes of pop, You'll be singing along after a couple of listens...All classics...
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4.0 out of 5 stars Was it that long ago?, 10 Aug. 2009
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M. A. Spencer "MAS" (London, England) - See all my reviews
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Fun and catchy music from the early 90's which somehow got overshadowed by certain other bands from Manchester at the time, notably The Stone Roses, but how could anyone resist Saturn 5 at full volume. Hasn't aged a bit. Unlike me.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The last of the Holy Trinity, 21 Jan. 2010
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Inspiral Carpets / Stone Roses / Happy Mondays

The Inspiral Carpets were never as cool as the Stone Roses, or the kings of the 'E' scene like the Happy Mondays, but they were the great singles band of the Madchester era.

They hit the charts more frequently than their fellow Mancunians of the late 1980s and early 90s.
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5.0 out of 5 stars best pop band out of manchester, 3 Sept. 2010
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i saw them live about 10 times in the early 90s... even met the guys at a party once(they were all lovely), brings back memories of a really great band, they never got the credit the roses, mondays et al got but they wree musically great.... just too nice to be part of that scene.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiral carpets, 11 Dec. 2014
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Good product delivered promptly.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 26 April 2015
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brilliant band. fab album.
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5.0 out of 5 stars quality, 17 Dec. 2014
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Classic tunes
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 14 Jan. 2015
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