thirty helens agree (commonswings) wrote,
thirty helens agree
commonswings

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can i just say HURRAH!



this looks pretty great, as have most of the "rough trade shops" compilations so far - although i didn't buy the "rock and roll" one because 1. i'm not very rock and roll and 2. the tracklisting didn't really look very appealing. but the country, post punk and electronica ones have been wonderful. and this is in many places WONDERFUL - monochrome set, felt, sea urchins, the jesus and mary chain, TVPs, helen love (for those alone i hope datapanik is reading!), the marine girls, josef k, the shop assistants, the june brides and the flatmates all present and correct. i would and did change a lot of these and add the blueboy (the field mice are over rated), PO!, the chesterfields, the jasmine minks, orange juice, the chefs, the close lobsters, fantastic something, hey! paulette and the housemartins for a start but as far as the classic indiepop stuff goes this is the best general compilation of the genre i've seen. it's a lot more populist than the deliberately obscurist (but wonderful) "the sound of leamington spa" compilations, but that's as should be. the leamington spa ones are for the fans, the obsessives who would greet these with the joy that old sixties fans would have greeted the brit-psych "strange things are happening" compilations

it's the modern stuff i have issue with. ugh. spearmint? okay one of the least annoying songs. v twin? good god have they DONE anything not shite? and dressy bessy - heard two songs and both were AWFUL. i won't even *mention* camera obscura - who apart from "teenager" - are like someone has isolated the ithobel gene of belle and sebastian (NOT a wise move). and someone should be shot for putting bloody bis on this... ugh. really very unimaginative. i'm not crazy about modern indiepop but surely the relict or the clientele? hopkirk and lee? some of the matinee people? the lucksmiths? belle and sebastian? sodastream? even harper lee! good lord they had a real failure there... ah well



CD1
• 1. Primal Scream - 'All Fall Down'
• 2. Modesty Blaise - 'Carol Mountain'
• 3. Popguns - 'Waiting For The Winter'
• 4. The Clouds - 'Get Out Of My Dream'
• 5. Sea Urchins - 'Pristine Christine'
• 6. Jesus And Mary Chain - 'You Trip Me Up'
• 7. Mary Lou Lord - 'Some Jingle Jangle Morning (When I'm Straight)'
• 8. The Monochrome Set - 'The Monochrome Set'
• 9. Felt - 'Penelope Tree'
• 10. Juniper Moon - 'El Resto De Mi Vida'
• 11. Shop Assistants - 'Safety Net'
• 12. V Twin - 'Gifted'
• 13. Jesse Garon & The Desperadoes - 'Splashing Along'
• 14. Television Personalities - 'Look Back In Anger'
• 15. Dressy Bessy - 'You Stand Here'
• 16. The Wedding Present - 'Once More'
• 17. Helen Love - 'Beat Him Up'
• 18. Pop Will Eat Itself - 'Black Country Chainstore Massacreee'
• 19. I, Ludicrous - 'Preposterous Tales'
• 20. Heavenly - 'Sort Of Mine'
• 21. Beat Happening - 'Indian Summer'
• 22. The Groove Farm - 'The Best Part Of Being With You'
• 23. Field Mice - 'Landmark'

CD2
• 1. My Bloody Valentine - 'Paint A Rainbow'
• 2. Love Is All - 'Spinning and Scratching'
• 3. Josef K - 'Sorry For Laughing'
• 4. Talulah Gosh - 'Talulah Gosh'
• 5. Aberfeldy - 'Vegetarian Restaurant'
• 6. The Pooh Sticks - 'I Know Someone Who Knows Someone Who Knows Alan McGee Quite Well'
• 7. This Poison! - 'Poised Over The Pause Button'
• 8. The Magnetic Fields - '100,000 Fireflies'
• 9. The Vaselines - 'Molly's Lips'
• 10. AR Kane - 'When You're Sad'
• 11. Darling Buds - 'Uptight'
• 12. Pastels - 'Truck Train Tractor'
• 13. Camera Obscura - 'Eighties Fan'
• 14. McCarthy - 'Should The Bible Be Banned'
• 15. Lush - 'Hypocrite'
• 16. June Brides - 'Every Conversation'
• 17. The Velvet Crush - 'Walking Out On Love'
• 18. The Flatmates - 'I Could Be In Heaven'
• 19. Marine Girls - 'Honey'
• 20. Bis - 'Icky Pooh Air Raid'
• 21. Razorcuts - 'Sorry To Embarrass You'
• 22. Eggs - 'Government Administrator'
• 23. Spearmint - 'Sweeping The Nation'
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