Its been 3o years since the release of the original C86 compilation a mail order cassette from the NME, which at the time was a must have and introduced the world of indie bands to many and created a new scene in British music. The long awaited follow up C87 is packed with a corking 74 tracks compiled by Neil Taylor.
Putting together such an array of music Taylor has managed to give us 3 CD`s of pleasure, some sought after tunes and a window back in time. Indeed many of the bands here went on to produce great catalogues and influence many of the 90`s and more recent bands we have today.
Early tracks from The Wonder Stuff, Wedding Present, Inspiral Carpets, BOB, and The Primitives are all present here, but there are a few real gems The Sea Urchins Pristine Christine and Miaow`s When it all Comes Down that along with other exclusive first time on CD tracks like Jamie Wednesday`s We Three Kings make this a must have set.
Theres` a vast array on offer here to many bands to mention, but like me if you were a Peel listener or hung around the indie clubs in the late 80`s you will of heard of most of the bands if not all of the respective songs..
Cherry Red reissued the C86 box set in 2014, and have followed it up with in my opinion an even better set, complete with booklet and sleeve notes if your missing your old tapes and grew up with the Indie Scene of 86/87 or 88 this is a must have release.

9/10

Leggy Mountbatten

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1. THE SEA URCHINS – Pristine Christine
2. THE HOUSE OF LOVE – Real Animal
3. THIS POISON! – Poised Over The Pause Button
4. THE VASELINES – Son Of A Gun
5. THE WONDER STUFF – It’s Not True…
6. THE HEART THROBS – I, The Jury
7. THE CLOUDS – Get Out Of My Dream
8. CUD – Mind The Gap (Demo) *
9. THE SHAMEN – Young Till Yesterday
10. THE DARLING BUDS – Spin (Flexidisc Version)
11. KITCHENS OF DISTINCTION -Escape!
12. THE BOY HAIRDRESSERS – Golden Shower
13. THE GREAT LEAP FORWARD – My Grandfather’s Cluck
14. THE INSPIRAL CARPETS – Now You’re Gone (Demo)
15. THE BACHELOR PAD – Albert Hofmann
16. THE NIVENS – Room Without A View
17. THE FLATMATES – I Could Be In Heaven
18. BLOW-UP – Good For Me
19. THE MOTORCYCLE BOY – Big Rock Candy Mountain
20. THE RAW HERBS – Old Joe
21. ROTE KAPELLE – These Animals Are Dangeroos
22. BOB – What A Performance
23. THE SUBMARINES – Grey Skies Blue
24. HANGMAN’S BEAUTIFUL DAUGHTERS – Don’t Ask My Name
25. THE WALTONES – Downhill
26. I, LUDICROUS – My Baby’s Got Jet Lag

* PREVIOUSLY UNISSUED

DISC TWO:

1. ONE THOUSAND VIOLINS – Please Don’t Sandblast My House
2. THE WEDDING PRESENT – My Favourite Dress
3. LAUGH – Paul McCartney
4. THE SOUP DRAGONS – Hang Ten!
5. THE PRIMITIVES – We Found A Way To The Sun
6. THE WOLFHOUNDS – The Anti-Midas Touch
7. BIFF BANG POW! – In A Mourning Town
8. THE BODINES – Clear
9. TALULAH GOSH – Talulah Gosh
10. MIGHTY MIGHTY – Built Like A Car
11. POP WILL EAT ITSELF – Sweet Sweet Pie
12. McCARTHY – Frans Hals
13. THE CHESTERFIELDS – Ask Johnny Dee
14. MIAOW – When It All Comes Down
15. RAZORCUTS – I Heard You The First Time
16. DAVID WESTLAKE – The Word Around Town
17. GOL GAPPAS – Saint Lucy
18. THE RAILWAY CHILDREN – Brighter
19. BMX BANDITS – The Day Before Tomorrow
20. A HOUSE – Kick Me Again Jesus
21. THE GROOVE FARM – Couldn’t Get To Sleep
22. BRILLIANT CORNERS – Please Please Please
23. BABY LEMONADE – Secret Goldfish
24. THE CORN DOLLIES – Forever Steven
25. ROSEMARY’S CHILDREN – Southern Fields

DISC THREE:

1. DOG FACED HERMANS – Catbrain Walk
2. STUMP – Tupperware Stripper
3. GAYE BYKERS ON ACID – Everything’s Groovy
4. BOG-SHED – Tried And Tested Public Speaker
5. A WITNESS – Red Snake
6. MACKENZIES – New Breed
7. THE SHRUBS – Edith
8. STITCHED-BACK FOOT AIRMAN – Tears In The Gutter
9. 14 ICED BEARS – Like A Dolphin
10. JESSE GARON & THE DESPERADOES – I’m Up Here
11. THE DESERT WOLVES – Love Scattered Lives
12. THE SIDDELEYS – What Went Wrong This Time?
13. THE WEATHER PROPHETS – In My Room
14. THE WISHING STONES – Beat Girl
15. THE CARETAKER RACE – Man Overboard (Demo)
16. THE DENTISTS – Just Like Oliver Reed
17. JAMIE WEDNESDAY – We Three Kings Of Orient Aren’t
18. PHIL WILSON – 10 Miles
19. EAST VILLAGE – Her Father’s Son
20. YEAH JAZZ – Sharon
21. THE ROSEHIPS – So Naïve
22. THE HEPBURNS – Made Up
23. EMILY – The Old Stone Bridge