C Eighty-Bloody-Six. The thing that really kickstarted the jangling and swaying indie scene. Today we say C86 for anything that sounds a bit strummy and fey but that does a disservice to the diversity of the collection which includes such non cuties as Stump, Bogshed and A Witness. Still there are so many indie thrills here that any indie-pop loving home should have one. This is the 3CD extended box set which includes pretty much anyone who strummed a guitar longingly in 1986.
CD box set £19.99 CRCDBOX12
Deluxe expanded 3CD edition box set on Cherry Red feat. Primal Scream, The Wedding Present, The Pastels, Big Flame etc.
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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 of varying genres they concentrated in the nascent post Orange Juice, Smiths-influenced 60's obsessed DIY indie bands of the day.
Yesterdays team bonding exercise of trying to listen to it all the way through led to a discussion on how the course of music might have been changed if melodyne had been around in 1986. Almost every singer only has a passing interest in the vagaries of being in tune, yet there are some marvellous moments everywhere. The Bodines 'Therese' is like a euphoric walk on a windy day, McCarthy's 'Celestial City' is a eerie rain drenched piece of waltz time brilliance and tor every Smiths aping groan fest (I'm looking at you Mighty Mighty) there's some oddball what-the-fuck-was-that? moment like Stump or Half Man Half Biscuit.
It comes with two bonus CD's featuring pretty much anyone who even thought about jangling a guitar in the mid 80's and a nicely put together booklet. Its a must-have, especially if, like me, you missed out on the 5 CD 'Are You Scared to Get Happy?' compilation from a year or two ago and if the sound of the opening chords of Close Lobsters 'Firestation Towers' sends you spiralling back to a youth filled with writing letters in crayon to faraway fanzine writers.
9/10 Ewan Kean 5th June 2014
It's not a tape but it's great. So there you go. I'm 45 so when this came out I was 17. I'm reviewing it from my 1986 memories. Cheers.
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