Never did get the chance to enthuse about this Box Set as the pub burned down before I managed to compose anything.
Brought to you be the compilers of the excellent Scared To Get Happy: A Story Of Indie-Pop ’80-’89 Set, this 4 CD set celebrates an often overlooked period of music, often unfairly referred to as “The Jam and some other bands. Oh, and Quadrophenia too”. All the big names are here: Secret Affair, The Chords, Purple Hearts, Squire, Merton Parkas The Jam do not appear (only in the guise of The Jolt performing the Weller song “See Saw” – and (perversely, possibly) that is a good thing. It gives lesser known bands a chance to shine. Bands which (in my opinion (which may not count for much!) that should’ve been massive like The Truth or The Prisoners (a retrospective statement, as I only discovered them 3 or so years ago) to worthy contenders, maybe not so vividly remembered names like The Combine, Untamed Youth, Beggar and The Vandells. The mid-80s Mod Revival-Revival is also represented in the shape of The Moment, Makin’ Time and the Gents.
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