May 23, 2013

Who doesn't love a good boxset? Cherry Red to unleash Scared To Get Happy in June

For those with an Anglophilic bend to their tastes, who may have missed out on the 80's indie scene, or for those who want to relive those halcyon days, this box is for you. Cherry Red Records has pulled out all of the stops for this: Five discs of UK indie pop - pure heaven. Out in June, they've even organized a central London show (June 22) featuring ten of the acts included in the set - see flyer at the bottom of this post. I could go on, but I'll let the music speak for itself. 

Hard to believe, but this is the first collection of this era of this scale - you'd have thought it was ripe for the picking. 134 tracks in total (with several previously unreleased) including releases from all of our favorite labels like Creation, Postcard, Zoo, el, Cherry Red (natch), Sarah, Kitchenware, etc, etc...Also included is a 54-page book with mucho sleeve-notes regarding each recording and band. Phew! 

Order Scared To Get Happy here (US), direct from Cherry Red, or demand it at your favorite retailer!

Continued after the jump...

Take a deep breath & check out this track listing:

Disc 1:
01. THE WILD SWANS Revolutionary Spirit, Zoo, 1982
02. GIRLS AT OUR BEST! Getting Nowhere Fast, Record, 1980
03. ART OBJECTS Showing Off To Impress The Girls, Heartbeat, 1980
04. THE PALE FOUNTAINS (There’s Always) Something On My Mind, Operation Twilight/Les Disques du Crépuscule, 1982
05. JOSEF K The Missionary, Les Disques du Crépuscule, 1982
06. THE MONOCHROME SET The Jet Set Junta, Cherry Red, 1982
07. BLUE ORCHIDS Dumb Magician, Rough Trade, 1982
08. MARINE GIRLS Don’t Come Back, Cherry Red, 1983
09. FIRE ENGINES Candyskin, Pop:Aural, 1981
10. TV21 Ambition, Powbeat, 1980
11. DOLLY MIXTURE Everything And More, Respond, 1982
12. THE NIGHTINGALES Paraffin Brain, Cherry Red, 1982
13. SCARS All About You, Pre, 1981
14. JANE It’s A Fine Day, Cherry Red, 1983
15. THE FARMER’S BOYS I Think I Need Help, Waap, 1982
16. THE ROOM Things Have Learnt To Walk That Ought To Crawl, Red Flame, 1982
17. WEEKEND Summerdays, Rough Trade, 1982
18. PREFAB SPROUT Lions In My Own Garden (Exit Someone), Candle, 1982; reissued Kitchenware, 1984
19. THE LINES Nerve Pylon, Red, 1980
20. EVERYTHING BUT THE GIRL Feeling Dizzy, Cherry Red, 1982
21. THE HIGSONS The Lost And The Lonely, Waap, 1981
22. BLACK Human Features, Rox, 1981
23. THE DAINTEES Roll On Summertime, Kitchenware, 1982
24. THE BLUEBELLS Happy Birthday, Lyntone, 1982
25. TRIXIE’S BIG RED MOTORBIKE Norman And Narcissus, Lobby Ludd, 1983
26. TV PERSONALITIES A Picture Of Dorian Gray (Live), Creation Artifact, 1982

Disc 2:
01. HURRAH! The Sun Shines Here, Kitchenware, 1982
02. FANTASTIC SOMETHING If She Doesn’t Smile (It’ll Rain), Cherry Red, 1983
03. PULP Everybody’s Problem, Red Rhino, 1983
04. STRAWBERRY SWITCHBLADE Dark 7, Previously unissued
05. THE SUEDE CROCODILES Stop The Rain, No Strings, 1983
06. GRAB GRAB THE HADDOCK I'm Used Now, Cherry Red, 1984
07. DEL AMITRI Sense Sickness, No Strings, 1983
08. FRIENDS AGAIN Honey At The Core, Moonboot, 1983
09. AZTEC CAMERA Oblivious, Rough Trade, 1983
10. LLOYD COLE & THE COMMOTIONS Are You Ready To Be Heartbroken? (Indie Version), LC, 1983
11. THE CHERRY BOYS Kardomah Café, Crash, 1983
12. IN EMBRACE This Brilliant Evening, Cherry Red, 1985
13. MICRODISNEY Dolly, Rough Trade, 1984
14. THE WOODENTOPS Plenty, Food, 1984
15. THE JAZZ BUTCHER Southern Mark Smith, Glass, 1983
16. THE JASMINE MINKS Where The Traffic Goes, Creation, 1984
17. THE HIT PARADE Forever, JSH, 1984
18. THE JUNE BRIDES Every Conversation, Pink, 1984
19. THE REVOLVING PAINT DREAM In The Afternoon, Creation, 1984
20. JAMES Hymn From A Village, Factory, 1985
21. THE JESUS & MARY CHAIN Just Like Honey (Demo Oct ’84), Blanco Y Negro, 1985
22. BIFF BANG POW! The Chocolate Elephant Man, Creation, 1985
23. YEAH YEAH NOH Temple Of Convenience, In Tape, 1985
24. THE BODINES God Bless, Creation, 1985
25. BIG FLAME Debra, Ron Johnson, 1985
26. THE LOFT Up The Hill And Down The Slope, Creation, 1985

Disc 3:
1. PRIMAL SCREAM Velocity Girl, Creation, 1986
2. THE WEDDING PRESENT Go Out And Get ’Em, Boy!, Reception/City Slang, 1985
3. THE PRIMITIVES Thru The Flowers, Lazy, 1986
4. THE BMX BANDITS Sad?, 53rd & 3rd, 1986
5. SHOP ASSISTANTS All Day Long, Subway Organisation, 1985
6. THE MIGHTY LEMON DROPS Something Happens, Dreamworld, 1985
7. WE'VE GOT A FUZZBOX AND WE’RE GONNA USE IT XX Sex (Demo), Vindaloo, not originally released, 1986
8. MIGHTY MIGHTY Is There Anyone Out There?, Girlie, 1986
9. THE SOUP DRAGONS Quite Content, Subway Organisation, unreleased, 1986
10. McCARTHY Red Sleeping Beauty, Pink, 1986
11. AGE OF CHANCE Motor City, Riot Bible, 1985
12. THE CHESTERF!ELDS Completely And Utterly, Subway Organisation, 1986
13. THE WOLFHOUNDS Cut The Cake, Pink, 1986
14. THE SERVANTS Loggerheads, Head, not originally released, 1986
15. THE CLOSE LOBSTERS Don’t Worry (Demo), Not originally released, 1986
16. POP WILL EAT ITSELF Sick Little Girl, Desperate, 1986
17. RAZORCUTS Big Pink Cake, Subway Organisation, 1986
18. THAT PETROL EMOTION It’s A Good Thing, Demon, 1986
19. THE WEATHER PROPHETS Almost Prayed, Creation, 1986
20. JAMIE WEDNESDAY Vote For Love, Pink, 1986
21. TALULAH GOSH Beatnik Boy, 53rd & 3rd, 1986
22. THE DENTISTS She Dazzled Me With Basil, Tambourine, 1986
23. THE RAILWAY CHILDREN A Gentle Sound, Factory, 1986
24. THE GROOVE FARM Baby Blue Marine (Alternative Version), Raving Pop Blast, not originally released, 1987
25. JESSE GARON & THE DESPERADOES The Rain Fell Down, Narodnik, 1986
26. ROSEMARY’S CHILDREN (Whatever Happened To) Alice?, el, 1986
27. 14 ICED BEARS Balloon Song, Frank, 1987
28. THE WONDER STUFF A Wonderful Day, Far Out, 1986

Disc 4:
01. HOUSE OF LOVE Shine On, Creation, 1987
02. THE SHAMEN Something About You, Moksha, 1987
03. THE BACHELOR PAD The Albums Of Jack, Warholasound, 1987
04. GOL GAPPAS Albert Parker, el, 1986
05. HANGMAN'S BEAUTIFUL DAUGHTERS Love Is Blue, Dreamworld, 1987
06. WHIRL Heaven Forbid, Playroom Discs, 1987
07. THE BRILLIANT CORNERS Delilah Sands, SS20, 1987
08. THE FLATMATES Shimmer, Subway Organisation, 1988
09. THE WAKE Gruesome Castle, Factory, 1988
10. THIS POISON! Engine Failure, Reception, 1987
11. THE DARLING BUDS If I Said, Darling Buds, 1987
12. THE BOY HAIRDRESSERS Tidalwave, 53rd & 3rd, 1987
13. THE WALTONES She Looks Right Through Me, Medium Cool, 1987
14. THE ROSEHIPS Room In Your Heart, Subway Organisation, 1987
15. APPLE BOUTIQUE Love Resistance, Creation, 1988
16. LAUGH Take Your Time Yeah!, Remorse, 1987
17. THE RAW HERBS She’s A Nurse But She's Alright, Medium Cool, 1987
18. THE HEART THROBS Toy, In Tape, 1987
19. THE CLOUDS Tranquil, Subway Organisation, 1987
20. THE GROOVY LITTLE NUMBERS You Make My Head Explode, 53rd & 3rd, 1987
21. THE SIDDELEYS My Favourite Wet Wednesday Afternoon, Medium Cool, 1987
22. RUMBLEFISH Tug-Boat Line, Pink, 1987
23. THE HEPBURNS The World Is, Cherry Red, 1987
24. BUBBLEGUM SPLASH! One Of Those Things, Subway Organisation, 1987
25. THE CORN DOLLIES Be Small Again, Medium Cool, 1987
26. THE KING OF LUXEMBOURG Lee Remick, el, 1987
27. THE LA's Son Of A Gun (Demo), Not originally released, 1987

Disc 5:
01. THE STONE ROSES The Hardest Thing In The World, Silvertone, 1988
02. INSPIRAL CARPETS Keep The Circle Around, Playtime, 1988
03. THE POOH STICKS Indiepop Ain’t Noise Pollution, Fierce, 1988
04. THE SEA URCHINS Solace, Sarah, 1988
05. CUD Only (A Prawn In Whitby), Imaginary, 1989
06. THE POPGUNS Landslide, Medium Cool, 1989
07. ONE THOUSAND VIOLINS All Aboard The Love-Mobile, Immaculate, 1988
08. ANOTHER SUNNY DAY I’m In Love With A Girl Who Doesn’t Know I Exist, Sarah, 1988
09. EAST VILLAGE Strawberry Window, Sub Aqua, 1988
10. BAD DREAM FANCY DRESS Choirboys Gas (Hack The Cassock), el, 1988
11. RODNEY ALLEN Circle Line, Subway Organisation, 1988
12. THE ORCHIDS I’ve Got A Habit, Sarah, 1988
13. BRADFORD Skin Storm, Village, 1988
14. THE CHARLOTTES Are You Happy Now, Subway, 1989
15. THE CLAIM Picking Up The Bitter Little Pieces, Esurient Communications, 1989
16. THE POPPYHEADS Dreamabout, Sarah, 1988
17. THE SUN AND THE MOON Adam’s Song (Pour Fenella), Midnight Music, 1988
18. THE McTELLS Jesse Man Rae, Frank, 1988
19. WOULD-BE-GOODS Cecil Beaton’s Scrapbook, el, 1988
20. THE DESERT WOLVES Speak To Me Rochelle, Ugly Man, 1988
21. THE RAIN Dry The Rain, Medium Cool, 1988
22. BLOW-UP Forever Holiday, Cherry Red, 1989
23. THE FANATICS Suburban Love Songs, Chapter 22, 1989
24. MILLTOWN BROTHERS Roses, Big Round, 1989
25. THE SEERS Sun Is In The Sky, Hedd, 1989
26. THE TELESCOPES The Perfect Needle, What Goes On, 1989
27. THE BOO RADLEYS Catweazle, Action, 1990

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