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Various
Harmony In My Head: UK Power Pop & New Wave 1977-81

They love a compilation down at Cherry Red Records. The label’s latest box-set is Harmony In My Head: UK Power Pop & New Wave 1977-1981. As you might have guessed...view item »

Felt
Poem Of The River

For anyone that thinks all the best Felt stuff came in the first part of their career you need to hear Poem of the River. This is a glorious low key album full of glistening guitars and Lawrence's whispered vocals. Six lovely songs including career highlights Stained Glass Windows in the Sky and Dark Red Birds. Utterly essential...view item »

Felt
Train Above The City

Possibly one of the strangest albums ever made in that Felt leader Lawrence is nowhere to be seen and instead of their usual arty indie-pop you get an album of jazzy instrumentals composed by keyboardist Martin Duffy and drummer Gary Ainge. Musically it bears no resemblance to anything else they've ever done but still fits in wi...view item »

Dinosaur Jr.
Ear Bleeding Country - The Best Of Dinosaur Jr.

Cherry Red Records issue a revamped edition of Dinosaur Jr’s career-spanning compilation Ear Bleeding Country. This new version updates the 2002 original with highlights from the subsequent sixteen years of output from J. Mascis et al. There’s even a couple of tracks from Ma...view item »

The House Of Love
The House Of Love

Celebrating its 30th anniversary, it's time once again to delve back into the House of Love's self titled debut which remains a high water mark of their career. In 2012 we got a 3CD set but now Cherry Red have managed to swell it out to a 5CD set with even more non album, session and live tracks. But it's the original album you ...view item »

Felt
The Pictorial Jackson Review

The Pictorial Jackson Review is not only brilliantly titled but is one of the best of the latter day Felt records. It's full of wonderfully brief tunes which more often than not sound comically in thrall to Bob Dylan. Try listening to How Spook Got Her Man without thinking of the grizzled troubadour. ...view item »

Slowdive
Souvlaki

A much needed reissue of Slowdive’s second album, Souvlaki from 1993. Hailed as their best album, it doesn’t take long to see why; the classics are on here and they’re ready to make your eyes glaze over, your shoulders slump and your whole body just sink under the bed covers as their blissed, r...view item »

Various
C89

C89 is a celebration of indie bands from the late ‘80s, generously spread over 3 CDs. Bands who made records on small labels without much money, and not much hope of hitting the big time. Following on from the NME’s classic C86 compilation and further unofficial sequels C87 and C88, C89 gave early exposure to bands such as Ca...view item »

Shoes
Black Vinyl Shoes

Will you look at this thing. Shoes were THE best late 70's power pop act if you ask me. They were lo-fi before lo-fi was a thing, they had dreamy melodies to die for and they were so damn handsome. Black Vinyl Shoes is hands down their best record but now it's even better as it contains 2CDs of extra stuff from their earlier eve...view item »

Felt
The Seventeenth Century

Would it be daft to say that Let the Snakes Crinkle Their Heads to Death is my favourite Felt album? It probably isn't but it is such a unique and unusual thing that it rises to the top when I think of their best work despite it's meagre contents and throwaway nature. Now retitled The Seventeenth Century, this ...view item »

The Residents
I Am A Resident!

Still mysterious 30+ years later, big-eyed weirdos the Residents are still ahead of the curve in doing unusual things. Here, they have asked fans to re-work, re-mash, re-mix tracks and then the Residents re-interpret these new versions creating a great big onion with loads of layers of new sound. ...view item »

The Fall
New Facts Emerge

"Produced in conjunction with Mark E Smith" says the press release. Let's hope he was involved somewhere even if only for microphone gurgling. This is the Fall's millionth LP but the first since 2015's 'Sub Lingual Tablet'-  a lifetime in the Fall world. Now settled in a dependable trudge-a-long line up let's hope this...view item »

Various
C86

As the world is now full of middle aged men trying to squeeze into ageing, creaking, undersized indie band t-shirts (thanks AJ for that observation), this is the absolute perfect three hour friday evening kick- back for former indie kids now middle managers. The original tape came out with the NME in 1986 and instead of rounding up the best bits...view item »

Various
Still In A Dream - A Story Of Shoegaze 1988-1995

Still In A Dream - A Story Of Shoegaze 1988-1995 does its genre a service, providing a comprehensive retrospective that digs much further than the obvious surface: Lush, Ride and The Cocteau Twins are all here, but so are Swirlies, Flying Saucer Attack ...view item »

Various
Contract In Blood: A History Of UK Thrash Metal

Cherry Red Records with another box set here. Thrash metal from the UK has a tough time of it. Seen as a second-class scene when compared to those of the U.S.A. or Brazil, even the larger acts - Venom, Onslaught etc. - have received comparatively little global renown. These five CDs look to chan...view item »

The Fall
Levitate

Unsurprisingly, Mark E. Smith fell out with Kier Stewart and Simon Spencer, the production duo initially chosen to produce Levitate. Lack of payment meant that The Fall’s 19th album disappeared with the the pair. An album was finished but only three tracks survived from rehearsal sessions including Spencer, which Mark E. S...view item »

Various
Close To The Noise Floor - Formative UK Electronica 1975-1984

Close To The Noise Floor - Formative UK Electronica 1975 - 1985 takes ‘electronica’ as a nice and broad term: this compilation ranges from Throbbing Gristle to Spoon Fazer to Blancmange, with the intention of showing off the whole range of the period, from the familiar to th...view item »

Go-Kart Mozart
Mozart's Mini-Mart

Although he's not made a great record since the '80s,  Felt's Lawrence is one of those music industry figures that it's easy to get obsessed about. A complete eccentric in a world of stodge, over the last ten years he's followed his muse into cheesy electro-pop with Go Kart Mozart (Bruce Springsteen ly...view item »

Luke Haines
I Sometimes Dream Of Glue

Luke Haines, formerly of The Auteurs, Baader Meinhof and Black Box Recorder returns with I Sometimes Dream Of Glue, a concept album which centres on the residents of Glue Town. Glue Town is a tiny place just off the Westway, in the roadside grass,...view item »

Various
Burning Britain: A Story Of Independent UK Punk 1980 - 1983

Basically the story of how punk went shit when the likes of the Sex Pistols were replaced by the likes of the Toy Dolls. Incredible to think punk staggered on until 1983 but here is how it happened showcased acres of rare tracks from the era. These Cherry Red nostalgia comps are always great value though and a p...view item »

Various
Revolutionary Spirit - The Sound Of Liverpool 1976-1988

An extensive 5-disc overview of Scouserock, if you will, from the punk and post-punk era through to the more polished pleasures of the late 80s. It kicks off with the art rock theatrics of Deaf School, and the more heard about than heard (retrospective) supergroup Big In Japan. ...view item »

Various
Pillows & Prayers Volumes 1&2 (Cherry Red 1982-1984)

Here we have a reissue of Volumes 1 and 2 of the Cherry Red label’s Pillows & Prayers compilation. These 31 tracks essentially are the 1982-1984 UK indie scene, with enduring favourites like Kevin Coyne and Everything But The Girl mingling side by side with briefly existing gr...view item »
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The Monochrome Set
Eligible Bachelors (Deluxe Edition)

The third Monochrome Set LP, 'Eligible Bachelors', is overlooked in terms of their more renowned previous work, but it is just as good as their first two albums. It includes many witty indie pop classics such as "Jet Set Junta” and "The Ruling Class". Released on coloured vinyl by Optic Nerve, included here is a poster and two bonus tracks...view item »

Various
To The Outside Of Everything: A Story Of UK Post-Punk 1977-1981

Sheer stacks of post-punk quality right here! Cherry Red seem to have picked out all the very finest slices of UK post-punk between the vintage years of 1977 and 1981, ending up with five full discs of magic! This Heat, Wire, The Pop Group, Josef K, Ultravox, ...view item »

The Fall
Live: Uurop VIII-XII Places in Sun & Winter, Son

It's one of those live records by the Fall, that iconic British post-punk band that John Peel has announced roughly five hundred times. This one takes the best of the best in their recent performances, selecting cuts from the last three years of shows for Mark E. Smith and co. We know they have a lot of live releases, but considering their ...view item »

Various
Creation Artifact: The Dawn Of Creation Records 1983-85

Creation Artifact: The Dawn Of Creation Records 1983-1985 takes five discs (and quite a few pages) to tell the story of Creation, home to all manner of your favourite indie / post-punk bands. Singles, rarities, demos and BBC sessions: all the different kinds of release are here, along with memorabilia and reminiscences....view item »

Momus
Create I - Procreate: Remastered & Expanded Edition

Create I - Procreate: Remastered and Expanded by Momus collects together the Scottish singer/songwriter’s first three albums for Creation Records: The Poison Boyfriend (1987), Tender Pervert (1988) and Don’t Stop The Night (1989), with bonus tracks and liner notes by Momus himself and collaborator An...view item »

The Fall
Sub-Lingual Tablet

The Fall have been in existence for 39 years and massively influential to a lot of bands that really matter (e.g. Pavement). Mark E. Smith is the only constant in an eternally revolving cast of musicians. Despite the ever-changing personnel, The Fall will always sound like ...view item »

Various
Creation Artifact 45

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The Orchids
Who Needs Tomorrow… A 30 Year Retrospective

Oh those lovely Orchids. This is a fantastic round up of the best bits of the Sarah Records mainstays career alongside a whole CD of demos and outtakes. The band have a unique and lovelorn take on Scottish indie pop which in a perfect world would have them cited alongside Orange Juice and Teenage Fanclub...view item »

Pere Ubu
20 Years In A Montana Missile Silo

Since 1976 Pere Ubu have been creating their own unique brand of art-rock and they show utterly no sign of stopping. The magnificently titled '20 Years in a Montana Missile Silo' once again sees them hunker down in a dark windowless room a create blasts of future music...this time with lots of synths.   ...view item »

The Residents
80 Aching Orphans - 45 Years Of The Residents

A massive 80 tracks over 4 CDs put together with the help of the band. This anthology truly covers their 45 plus years of output. Includes tracks that haven’t been released on CD before, as well as live recordings and other selected tracks. Presented with a blow by blow booklet this is a great introduction t...view item »

The Fall
A-Sides 1978-2016

A-Sides 1978-2016 is a career-spanning singles compilation by The Fall. Mark E. Smith’s revolving door collective have released 60-odd albums, if you include live albums and compilations, in their career. This is the first collection to bring together singles from a number o...view item »

The Fall
The Fall - Singles 1978-2016

Singles 1978-2016 is a career-spanning singles compilation by The Fall. Mark E. Smith’s revolving door collective have released 60-odd albums, if you include live albums and compilations, in their career. This is the first collection to bring together singles from a number o...view item »
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Luke Haines
Luke Haines Is Alive And Well And Living In Buenos Aires: Heavy Frenz The Solo Anthology 2001-2017

He just can't help himself can he? Britain's greatest self mythologist returns with a collection of his solo works following his stints in excellent bands the Servants and the Auteurs. This spans two decades of his eccentric pop music and as well as cherry picking highlights from his catalogue, contains a raft o...view item »

Eyeless In Gaza
Picture The Day - A Career Retrospective 1981-2016

This compilation provides a comprehensive overview of the influential Eyeless In Gaza’s whole career, with the major singles supported by album tracks and B-sides. 35 tracks for 35 years. Plus! An entirely unreleased track as a special treat. Picture The Day - A Career Retrospective 1981-2016 is a double CD compil...view item »

Luke Haines
Smash The System

Former Auteurs and Black Box Recorder man Luke Haines, who hates everyone and everything, returns with a new solo album. Smash The System is a classic sounding rock songwriter record that alludes to such figures as Bruce Lee, Ulrike Meinhof, Mar...view item »

Various
Noise Reduction System: Formative European Electronica 1974-1984

Extensive box set unpicking the winding, mysterious and eternally referenced archives of European electronic music. Well known names are represented here - Cluster, Vangelis, Christina Kubisch - but alongside these is a rich cast of figures from the fringes. An essential document for sound seekers of all textures....view item »
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Various
Manchester: North Of England - A Story Of Independent Music Greater Manchester 1977-1993

Manchester  - good isn't it? Well you can now buy every single musical sound that came out of the city on this bumper 7CD box set. As well as the usual big hitters you'll want to dig deep and get it for some of the more esoteric stuff such as brilliant overlooked indie bands Dub Sex, King of the Slums as we...view item »

Various
C88 - Deluxe 3CD Box Set

C88 continues a fruitful series of compilations in the wake of the seminal NME C86 tape, summing up the bustling underground indie scene of the late 80’s. C88 contains three discs and seventy-one tracks worth of fine material from artists as varied as The Stone Roses, Choo Choo Train...view item »

Slowdive
Just For A Day

Slowdive have their debut reissued on wax by Music On Vinyl. When Creation released this in 1991 a sticker on the front read "like a mind altering substance, without the risk". Compare it to Souvlaki and Pygmalion and decide on your favourite. Lets this 180 gram...view item »

Various
C87

Cherry Red dive back into the 80’s for this imagined follow-up to that legendary NME C86 compilation: the comp that launched a thousand indie bands. Everything on C87’s three discs was recorded in 1986 or 1987, so the tracklisting is ‘realistic’, not to mention stuffed to the brim ...view item »

The Fall
Remainderer

What the fuck is he on about? When not doing his death rattle Merman gargle (which I think he personally finds endlessly amusing) MES's voice is on fine form here on their unofficial sequel to 1981's Slates. I say it's the new 'Slates' because it's a brand-new 6 track 10" and our beloved Mancunian outsiders don't usher one of those into...view item »
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The Primitives
Lovely - 25th Anniversary Edition

Lovely is an excellent record, with a sound that finds the right balance between rough and polished and a style that fuses 60's bubblegum pop, the Jesus and Mary Chain, the Ramones and C86 jangle with catchy, memorable tunes. "Shadow" even manages a clever homage to the cinematic, psychedelic (and slightly goofy) sound of Bollywood. Tracy's vocals ...view item »

Slowdive
The Shining Breeze: The Slowdive Anthology

Taking the plunge with Slowdive. The Shining Breeze: The Slowdive Anthology is a big old cross section of the bands oeuvre. Starting off in the '89 and being contemporaries of My Bloody Valentine, the 'dive poured out their own brand of shoegazing indie-rock. Think big walls of guitars and melan...view item »

The Membranes
Everyone's Going Triple Bad Acid, Yeah!: The Complete Recordings 1980-1993

After a 20 odd year hiatus, Blackpool based post-punkers The Membranes reunited in 2012 and have another brand new album coming out this year. Here we have a huge collection (i.e. everything from their discography in one box of CDs) that covers the initial outings of the group. Everything they recorded from 1980-1993, almost 100...view item »

Hawkwind
Into The Woods

The legendary silver machine rides on still: a new album from Hawkwind has arrived! Many decades in, these veterans still have that third-eye magic, and Into The Woods shows it off with thirteen tracks of old-school space-rock, with traditional titles like ‘Magic Mushroom’, ‘Wood Nymph’ and &lsqu...view item »

Various
Millions Like Us - The Story Of The Mod Revival 1977-1989

In keeping with Cherry Red’s tendency to release successful genre-defining compilations and box sets, Millions Like Us documents the mod revival scene of the late 1970s and '80s. It's so comprehensive that even the most well-versed mod revivalists might discover a forgotten gem. With its roots in punk and new wave -- through ...view item »
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Eyeless In Gaza
Original Albums Boxset

Eyeless In Gaza were a post-punk outfit from Warwickshire who were active in the 80s and helped keep it moody, moving with a similar trajectory to Talk Talk from a poppy sound to sombre New Wave shores. Fronted by Martyn Bates and his untrained, boozy vocal, the band went on to make music base...view item »

Various
Action Time Vision - A Story Of Independent UK Punk 1976-1979

Gather round lads, give your DM’s a spit-and-shine - oi, Dave, give me back my bondage pants! You know how this one goes. 40 years on from punk, Cherry Red (or should that be Oxblood?) Records follow up their comprehensive collections of shoegaze, indie and psych with over 100 cuts from punk OGs St...view item »
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Sarah Cracknell
Kites

A very welcome addendum to Sarah Cracknell’s recent solo album Red Kites. This mini-album Kites allows the lushly cinematic instrumental tracks from that album to really shine, with Cracknell’s lead vocals removed but some extra instruments and gospel vocals added in, to soup up the...view item »
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Bridget St. John
Fly High - A Collection Of Album Highlights, Singles and B Sides, Demos, Live Recordings, Sessions and Interviews

A truly comprehensive collection of british folk definer, Bridget St. John, tracks covering Dandelion’s releases between 1968 and 1972, including unreleased and unheard early demos. As well as bonus material from her 2009 session recordings, TV appearances, B-sides, as well as interviews. Basically, read the very much all-...view item »

Dodgy
What Are We Fighting For

Here come Dodgy in 2016 with a brand new album featuring the original 'classic' line up. The press notes suggest they've been listening to such Norman-friendly bands such as Atlas Sound, White Fence and Can and the band certainly seem to feel that this is their best work. So really who are ...view item »

Momus
Pubic Intellectual - An Anthology 1986-2016

How to describe Momus to the average human? Kind of bizarre eye patched prolific electronic pop person. Somewhere between Jacques Brel and the Pet Shop Boys if such a thing could be imagined. Anyway this is the first ever career spanning compilation celebrating 30 years of his wild and wonderful career. ...view item »

The Brilliant Corners
Heart On Your Sleeve - A Decade In Pop: 1983-1993

Indie-poppers The Brilliant Corners had a mean way with a single during their time. This compilation gathers up all 10 of them, along with their B-sides and a bunch of previously unreleased demos and live versions. Heart On Your Sleeve - A Decade In Pop: 1983-1993...view item »

Hawkwind
Solitary Man / Tunnels Of Darkness

Brand new material from the legendary Hawkwind, believe it or not! Solitary Man / Tunnels Of Darkness is Hawkwind like they used to make it, from the driving space-rock riffs to the astounding sleeve artwork (really? In ...view item »
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Various
C86

Well this is pretty exciting. As we all probably know by now C86 was the legendary tape compilation of indie bands that pretty much kick started an entire movement. It was issued on an expanded CD last year but this is the first time it has ever been pressed onto vinyl. Contains all the greats and not so greats from 1986 vintage indie music. &nb...view item »
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Hawkwind
The Machine Stops

Hawkwind have been labeled with every type of forward-thinking rock music, from prog and space-rock, to krautrock and psych. On The Machine Stops, the band expand even further, incorporating more electronic elements for a grand concept album retelling a sci-fi classic. It’s nice and heavy too. ...view item »

The Fall
Wise Ol' Man

The Fall follow up their most recent album Sub Lingual Tablet with this EP. Wise Ol’ Man (is that supposed to be Mark E. Smith?) mixes all-new tracks with a smattering of remixes, instrumentals and edits, as well as a reversioning of old festive favourite ‘No Xmas For John Quays&rsq...view item »

Sarah Cracknell
Take The Silver

Take The Silver is the second single from Sarah Cracknell’s Red Kite album. Take The Silver draws its influence from ‘60s pop, similar to her band Saint Etienne, but without the dance influence. The limited edition 7” is backed with the exclusive cut Sleepytown...view item »
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The Telescopes
Splashdown: The Complete Recordings 1990-1992

Early business from The Telescopes. Splashdown compiles all four of their Creation EP’s, a never-before-released theoretical fifth EP, their whole second album, some cover versions from compilations, and a previously unreleased Peel Session! Good lord! This comprehensive package can be yours for a very reasonable ...view item »

Luke Haines
British Nuclear Bunkers

Luke Haines has a gruelling concept for for his latest LP. British Nuclear Bunkers is about just that: a post-nuclear-apocalypse world of underground bunkers. Conveyed, naturally enough, through the medium of analogue synths squeezed into a rock-like format. 10 tracks and a bonus 7” for purchasers of the vinyl. On...view item »

Sarah Cracknell
Nothing Left To Talk About

7” vinyl on Cherry Red. Leading single from Sarah Cracknell’s (Lead singer from Saint Etienne) new solo album Red Kite. Sharing vocal duties with Nicky Wire from Manic Street Preachers. A push away from the dancey area of Saint Etienne, it&r...view item »
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Sarah Cracknell
Red Kite

On CD or V12” vinyl on Cherry Red. Sarah Cracknell has gone solo from Saint Etienne  to give us her debut on Red Kite. Don’t expect Etienne vibes here though, it looks much further back past dance music, and definitely has 60’s pop pumping at the heart of it. Summery and wistful, ...view item »
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Membranes
Dark Matter / Dark Energy

Here we have the first full-length release from Membranes since their reformation six years ago; and therefore also their first since 1989. A lot has changed in that time, but Membranes  have remained much the same, Dark Matter / Dark Energy carrying a lot of the same post-punk weight and forward d...view item »

The Bevis Frond
Triptych

Originally released in 1988, Triptych was the fifth album by The Bevis Frond. This sprawling classic features the track Lights Are Changing which is one of their very best songs. It also featured on the classic psych compilation, Children Of Nuggets, which showcased the best of a second wave of psyched...view item »
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The Bevis Frond
Bevis Through The Looking Glass

Bevis Through The Looking Glass was the third album by Londoner, Nick Saloman's band The Bevis Frond and was originally released in 1987. It features guitar solos that would make J Mascis jealous and catchy melodies to make The Beatles rethink their status, all wrapped in a big psychedelic blanket....view item »

The Bevis Frond
The Auntie Winnie Album

The Auntie Winnie Album was the sixth album to be released by psychedelic rock act The Bevis Frond. Originally released in 1989, it is ripe for rediscovery. The Bevis Frond is essentially Nick Saloman who writes, produces and performs everything with bits of help here and there. He is one of the most un...view item »

Second Layer
World Of Rubber

Available on CD on Cherry Red. Second Layer featured Adrian Borland and Graham Bailey of The Sound fame. a definite for fans of The Sound World of Rubber has the same post-punk drive but with many of the human elements being replaced with synths and dru...view item »

The Monochrome Set
The Lost Weekend

English new wave band The Monochrome set themselves apart from the sombre tones of post punk played by many of their late seventies and early eighties contemporaries through their dry wits and clean pop sensibilities. ‘The Lost Weekend’ documents the bands tenure at Blanco Y Negro records....view item »

Blancmange
Semi Detached

Blancmange’s fifth album release ‘Semi-Detached’ is the first record from the British, eighties synth-poppers without the involvement of long term collaborative partner Stephen Luscombe. With it’s roots firmly planted in the sterling company of synth pioneers and hitmakers such as Soft Cell and Depeche Mode, ‘Semi-D...view item »

Membranes
Do The Supernova

Available on 7” vinyl on Cherry Red. Two brand new tracks from post-punk pioneers The Membranes. Formed in 1977 in Blackpool, fronted by John Robb. they reformed in 2009 and have a new album coming out. The A side being a cutting from that, and the B side is a sinister reworking of the bubblegum classic ...view item »
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Swervedriver
I Wasn't Born To Lose You

Formed in Oxford in 1989, shoegazers Swervedriver consisted of founder members Adam Franklin and Jim Hartridge who combined energetic, guitar driven melodies with heartfelt songwriting reminiscent of some of their contemporaries from the time such as Dinosaur Jr or Sonic Youth. ‘I Wasn’t Born To Lose You’ is their fifth studio ...view item »

McCarthy
Complete Albums, Singles and BBC Collection

Mccarthy helpfully remind us that indie rock existed before the '90s and all that vacuous, reassuring slacker pop about taking it easy. This collection of pretty much everything they did, titled to give us a scope for the situation -- 'Complete Albums, Singles and BBC Collection' -- shows off a time when this jangly alternative to main...view item »

The Bevis Frond
Inner Marshland

Inner Marshland is the second album from The Bevis frond, aka Nick Saloman. Originally released in 1987, the album has been long out-of-print and features six bonus tracks from the original sessions. Nick Saloman has the ability to write beautiful, honest pop songs and wrap them in swirling psychedelia. Artists such as ...view item »

Bridget St. John
Dandelion Albums and BBC Recordings Collection

Crucial for any major UK folk fans, this box set on Cherry Red brings together three albums and a chockload of other material from Bridget St. John. The extra stuff includes a full live BBC Session and performances with Kevin Ayers. Packaged in mini LP sleeves and with a booklet of memorabilia, £18.29 is f...view item »

The Primitives
Galore

The Primitives and their bucketful of fuzz went less rejoiced than your average Jesus and Mary Chain record, but their early works betray a great sensibility for the distorting and occasionally playing of guitars. Galore was their final record for big corporate dudes RCA, and wh...view item »
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Inspiral Carpets
Let You Down

Let You Down by Inspiral Carpets has already been elevated to the status of fan favourite by the legion of fans of the Manchester band. The track features legendary Manchester punk poet John Cooper Clarke and is backed with a previously unreleased song, It’s A Good Job Baby. Let You Down...view item »
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Patrik Fitzgerald
Safety Pins, Secret Lives And The Paranoid Ward The Best Of 1977-1986

Patrik Fitzgerald is a significant reminder that punk need not always be fast, furious and four-chord -- but it's pretty sick that way too. A poet and writer at heart, Fitzgerald helped popularise the folk punk movement with quick-fire songs that made you think, but mostly took the piss. 'Safety Pins, Secret Lives An...view item »
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The House Of Love
Live At The Lexington 13.11.13

Remember when indie rock was made by people in the '80s? Probably not, right, because who was even alive then? Aside from everyone I work with? The House Of Love helped bridge that awkward period between the '80s and the '90s, when the genre saw a lot of stylistic changeover, but 'Live At The Lexington' sees them playing as recent as last year, ...view item »

Inspiral Carpets
Inspiral Carpets

Integral to Manchester’s ‘madchester’ scene of the early 1990s, Inspiral Carpets- despite reforming in 2003 and touring ever since- had not recorded anything since 1994, and as a result ventured deeper into obscurity. After signing to Cherry Red earlier this year, however, the release of their new full-length self-titled LP was...view item »
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The Bevis Frond
Miasma

Is the rumour true that Bevis Frond could afford to keep his music career going by a payout he earned after he fell down a hole in the street? Not sure but glad he's around anyway. Once part of the English psych scene that revolved around the excellent magazine Bucketful of Brains, Frond is ripe for rediscovery by the types of kids in thrall to ...view item »

Dead Kennedys
Fresh Fruit For Rotting Vegetables

On this their first album they succeeded more than they ever could have wished for. This was relevant, a wake up call indeed, and still relevant. The demons the Kennedys railed against in 1980 haven't changed much. Society is still messed up, the government is not to be trusted and American culture is sophisticated only in its ability to manipul...view item »

Lydia Lunch / Rowland S. Howard
Shotgun Wedding

A welcome reissue this week for this 1991 collaboration between vocalist/poet/motivational speaker Lydia Lunch of Teenage Jesus and the Jerks/Lydia Lunch fame and the late great guitarist Rowland S. Howard of The Birthday Party infamy, made all the more ex...view item »
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Inspiral Carpets
Spitfire

Well wouldn't you know it, The Inspiral Carpets are back. Now with original singer Stephen Holt in tow replacing the departed Tom Hingley, “Spitfire” is the first single to be released from their new LP which like many records by returning bands is eponymously titled. Can it be any good? Well we've not heard soundclips yet so the jur...view item »

Jazzateers
Don't Let Your Son Grow Up To Be A Cowboy

'Don't Let Your Son Grow Up To Be A Cowboy' brings together early work by the underground New Wave outfit Jazzateers, a session that was recorded for Postcard Records but had all but been forgotten by time. "Wasted" is a throughline to the emergent indie rock of the time, intended to be the very last single Pos...view item »
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Phoneys & The Freaks
Phoneys & The Freaks EP

There’s a school of thought that suggests that Oasis were never the same after Bonehead left. I’d trace it further back, perhaps to Tony Carroll’s departure. The press release proudly states that this is the only release by an Oasis member which coincides with the 20th Ann...view item »

Pete Molinari
Theosophy

To the tune of Monty Python's 'Eric the Half a Bee': La dee dee, one two three, Molinari’s Theosophy. Thirteen tracks of musicality, Molinari’s Theosophy. Is this wonderful new LP Gospel, blues or just folky? Dear Marie (You Made a Fool Of Me) Is a highlight of Theosophy...view item »
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Luke Haines
New York In The 70's

There is a school of thought that says Luke Haines idiosyncratic career is designed in such a way to provide him with material for his next book about his own wayward...I won’t say genius....talent maybe.....”and then you won’t believe what I did next.....” etc etc. Here, he writes a concept album about New York i...view item »
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Stump
Does The Fish Have Chips - Early and Late Works 1986-1989

Whether you're hearing them for the first time or travelling backwards in time, hearing Stump is like trying to walk with a moon-boot on one foot and a flip-flop on the other. This compilation gives Stumpophiles the last squirts of their output- a wobblier version of 'Ice The Levant' and the two lost Edward Ba...view item »

Slowdive
Pygmalion

Souvlaki was a high point of shoegaze, Pygmailion took the sound several stages further at the time, this leap forward was too much for most fans at the time to apreciate, but like all great albums show how far ahead of the game slowdive were at that time the songs have beautiful minimalism and have great use of sonics used, with the pauses with...view item »

Jasmine Minks
Cut Me Deep - The Anthology 1984-2014

These Cherry Red compilations are truly a treat for fans of 80’s indie pop who wish to re-discover some of the lesser sung guitar strummers of the era. On this compilation there are over 50 songs across two CD’s for less than twelve quid. Nuff sed. It seems almost implausible now that before Oasis...view item »

The Mighty Lemon Drops
Uptight - The Early Recordings 1985-1986

Uptight: The Early Recordings 1985-1986 is the definitive account of The Mighty Lemon Drops' early year. The collection contains their debut single, Like An Angel and their C86 track, Happy Head. It also contains their cover of The Velvet Underground’s "There She Goes Again"...view item »
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The Fall
Ersatz G.B

Its been a while since The Fall have released a really bad LP. Their previous effort 'Your Future, Our Clutter' had the thump of Domino behind it and as a result was reviewed kindly almost everywhere despite not being quite the return to form everyone had hoped for. Even though it had it...view item »
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Microdisney
The Clock Comes Down The Stairs

The Clock Comes Down the Stairs was the second album by Cork based 80s pop gurus Microdisney and begins the move from the masterful indie pop they purveyed on Everything is Fantastic to the more sophisticated Steely Dan/Prefab Sprout soft pop they would work with on later albums. Like their other work it c...view item »

Felt
Me And A Monkey On The Moon

The final Felt album saw the band go out on a rather sombre and perhaps disjointed note on an album that somewhat lacked the distinctive creativity of their previous work. That said it shows a hitherto unseen maturity with a slight country-ish feel and is notable by the appearance of pedal steel player B J Cole. ...view item »

Felt
Forever Breathes The Lonely Word

The first Felt album for Creation and the first not to feature guitar wizard Maurice Deebank. Forever Breathes the Lonely Word is kind of a bridge album between their old sound and the lighter more varied work in the second half of the eighties. As a result of Deebank's departure Martin Duffy's organ takes centre stage, wanderin...view item »

Felt
Ignite The Seven Cannons

Ignite the Seven Cannons, though brilliant and featuring the indie chart topping Primitive Painters always sounded as if this most clean and linear bands was lost in the fog of Robin Guthrie's swirling production. Ever the perfectionist, leader Lawrence has now gone back to remix some of these tracks to make the album soun...view item »

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