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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 with wonder: The Vaselines, Pop Will Eat Itself, Dog Faced Hermans… 3CD box-set on Cherry Red.

CD box set £18.99 £15.19 CRCDBOX26

Remastered and expanded 3CD set on Cherry Red incl. Vaselines, The Wonder Stuff, Cud, BMX Bandits, The Wedding Present, House of Love, Talulah Gosh, Pop Will Eat Itself etc.

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8/10 Simon Kelly Customer review, 25th July 2016

In 1987 I become a quiffed up sixth former and my taste in music was indie, real indie, bands on labels not backed by the man. So it's rather nice that Cherry Red have released a follow up to C86 with a mouth watering 74 tracks. Don't get me wrong even a nostalgia fest like this throws up some utter tripe that should have been consigned to the dustbin of history (I'm looking at you Tallulah Gosh) but there are also forgotten gems which kicks off with the Sea Urchins 'Pristine Christine'. Some songs that I didn't take much notice of back when I was still skinny sound much better then I remember (the House Of Love a prime example). It's nice that there's a place for the Wedding Present's 'My Favourite Dress'-a classic down at the indie disco.

In fact there's more good then bad. I can't imagine a follow up when within a few months the term "We've always had a dance element" crept into every interview in the NME and then the dreaded Madchester happened. Sigh....it was downhill after that, so do yourself a favour and buy this and relive those days of pretending to like Jack Kerouac and Eraserhead and mourn the death of the Smiths.


Cud: Mind the Gap (1986) - YouTube


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