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C85

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Compact Disc (Audio)
No of Discs:
3
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Available
Release Date:
21-10-2022
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Barcode:
5013929113091
Packaging:
Clamshell
Catalog Number:
CRCDBOX130
C85
C85

Description

  • 3CD collection pre-queling NME’s huge selling C86 compilation.
  • Featuring the best of the burgeoning indie scene from 1985.
  • Including tracks from The Jesus And Mary Chain, The Stone Roses, That Petrol Emotion, The Woodentops, James, Del Amitri, The Housemartins and many more.

Following the success of the three-disc compilation, ‘The Sun Shines Here’ (which documented the roots of Indie Pop from 1980-84), the prequel to C86, C85 combines “name” bands with many obscurities making their debut on CD. Several acts on C85 would eventually feature on that NME’s C86 collection: Primal Scream, The Wedding Present, the Mighty Lemon Drops, etc, who all had singles released in 1985.

Back in 1986, the NME’s latest mail-order cassette, C86, captured the latest trends in Indie music, inspired by the C81 tape from half a decade earlier. C86 became the NME’s best-selling compilation, selling an estimated 40,000 copies and eventually being re-issued on LP and cassette by Rough Trade the following year. Fast forward to 2014, the triple-CD edition celebrated the cult status of C86, which had come to embody a whole style of indie guitar music with 50 extra tracks.

C85 bridges the gap between ‘The Sun Shines Here’ and ‘C86’, opening with undoubtedly the most vital British breakthrough band of that year in The Jesus & Mary Chain and closing with the debut from a band who’d have to wait several years for their chance, The Stone Roses. Along the way, we hear many key records by the likes of post-Undertones band That Petrol Emotion (their blistering debut ‘Keen’), The Woodentops, James, Del Amitri, The Housemartins (their debut ‘Flag Day’) and a then largely unknown Happy Mondays (again represented by their first single). Where discs one and two reflect the predominant indie pop sound with which C86 was most closely associated, disc 3 acknowledges the harder, more angular sounds of that era (encapsulated by the bands on the Ron Johnson label).

Alongside band biographies for every track is an introductory essay by one-time NME scribe Neil Taylor, the original co-compiler of C86 and author of the book C86 And All That. In short, C85 is essential for any fan of 80s independent music.

Tracks

  1. Name
  2. THE JESUS AND MARY CHAIN Never Understand
  3. THAT PETROL EMOTION Keen
  4. THE WOODENTOPS Move Me
  5. THE MIGHTY LEMON DROPS Like An Angel
  6. HURRAH! Funny Day
  7. THE LOFT Your Door Shines Like Gold
  8. JAMES Uprising
  9. SHOP ASSISTANTS All Day Long
  10. THE JUNE BRIDES Josefs Gone
  11. THE WEDDING PRESENT (The Moment Before) Everythings Spoiled Again
  12. THE DENTISTS Pallino
  13. THE PASTELS Im Alright with You
  14. THE HOUSEMARTINS Flag Day (Single Version)
  15. THE JASMINE MINKS Whats Happening
  16. THE SOUP DRAGONS If You Were The Only Girl In The World (Would You Take Me?)
  17. MIGHTY MIGHTY Throwaway (A Night At The Flicks version)
  18. HAPPY MONDAYS Delightful
  19. MCCARTHY In Purgatory
  20. BIFF BANG POW! Love And Hate
  21. THE PRIMITIVES Across My Shoulder (Demo)
  22. THE BODINES Paradise
  23. PERFECT DISASTER New Beginning
  24. THE HIT PARADE The Sun Shines In Gerrards Cross
  25. MICRODISNEY Horse Overboard
  26. MIAOW Fate
  27. THE IMPOSSIBLE YEARS Attraction Gear
  28. PRIMAL SCREAM All Fall Down
  29. SARAH GOES SHOPPING Summer Blues
  30. DEL AMITRI Sticks And Stones, Girl
  31. THE PASSMORE SISTERS Dance The House Down
  32. THE CLAIM Through His Sunglasses
  33. GRAB GRAB THE HADDOCK Last Fond Goodbye
  34. THE CHESTERF!ELDS Nose Out Of Joint (Flexidisc Version)
  35. THE SEDGEMORONS Drop Dead Darling
  36. YEAH JAZZ Julie & The Sea Lions
  37. THE WORD ASSOCIATION Mary Mary
  38. THE KAMIKAZE PILOTS Sharon Signs To Cherry Red
  39. ONE THOUSAND VIOLINS Halcyon Days
  40. RONNIE CAN YOU HEAR ME? Vroom For Romance
  41. GO! SERVICE It Makes Me Realise
  42. HOUSEHUNTERS Shopping City
  43. THE SNAKES OF SHAKE Southern Cross
  44. ST CHRISTOPHER As Far As The Eye Can See
  45. THE WORD Wide Awake
  46. BENNY PROFANE Drop Dead (Demo) *
  47. THE BRIDGE World Of Your Own
  48. THE WAKE Of The Matter
  49. ALWAYS Late Again
  50. IN EMBRACE Shouting In Cafes
  51. THE BAND OF HOLY JOY Consumption
  52. A WITNESS Lucky In London
  53. YEAH YEAH NOH Prick Up Your Ears
  54. BRILLIANT CORNERS My Baby In Black
  55. STITCHED-BACK FOOT AIRMAN Granular Twilight
  56. PIG BROS Excessive
  57. THE MEMBRANES I Am Fish Eye
  58. AGE OF CHANCE Bible Of The Beats
  59. THE NOSE FLUTES Girth
  60. THE FOLK DEVILS English Disease
  61. BIG FLAME All The Irish (Must Go To Heaven)
  62. MEAT WHIPLASH Losing Your Grip (Demo)
  63. BOG-SHED Fat Lad Exam Failure
  64. THE INCA BABIES Brother Rat
  65. FIVE GO DOWN TO THE SEA Singing In Braille
  66. THE JANITORS Chicken Stew
  67. THE SINISTER CLEANERS The Gnomes Of Zurich
  68. VEE VV Kindest Cut
  69. SPLAT! Taxi
  70. BOB HOPE TO DIE Honeymoon
  71. THE BLUE AEROPLANES I Wanna Be Your Lover *
  72. PALOOKAS Clear Day
  73. SUDDEN AFTERNOON Acid Rain (Single Version)
  74. THE STONE ROSES So Young
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