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VA - Scared to Get Happy (2014)

29-09-2014, 14:26
Pop | Rock

VA - Scared to Get Happy (2014)

Artist: Various Artists
Title Of Album: Scared to Get Happy
Year Of Release: 2014
Label: Cherry Red Records
Genre: Pop, Rock
Quality: Mp3, 320 kbps
Total Time: 02:29:48
Total Size: 357 Mb


01. Girls At Our Best! - Getting Nowhere Fast
02. The Monochrome Set - Jet Set Junta
03. Blue Orchids - Dumb Magician
04. Marine Girls - Don't Come Back
05. Tv21 - Ambition
06. The Nightingales - Paraffin Brain
07. Jane - It's A Fine Day
08. Weekend - Summerdays
09. Everything But The Girl - Feeling Dizzy
10. Hurrah - The Sun Shines Here
11. Fantastic Something - If She Doesn't Smile It'll Rain
12. Pulp - Everybody's Problem
13. Grab Grab The Haddock - I'm Used Now
14. In Embrace - This Brilliant Evening
15. Microdisney - Dolly
16. June Brides - Every Conversation (Single Version)
17. The Revolving Paint Dream - In The Afternoon
18. Biff Bang Pow! - The Chocolate Elephant Man
19. Yeah Yeah Noh - Temple Of Convenience
20. Big Flame - Debra
21. Loft - Up The Hill And Down The Slope
22. Primitives - Thru The Flowers
23. Mighty Mighty - Is There Anyone Out There
24. Mccarthy - Red Sleeping Beauty
25. Pop Will Eat Itself - Sick Little Girl
26. The Weather Prophets - Almost Prayed
27. Rosemary's Children - (Whatever Happened To) Alice
28. 14 Iced Bears - Balloon Song
29. House Of Love - Shine On
30. Gol Gappas - Albert Parker
31. The Brillant Corners - Delilah Sands
32. The Waltones - She Looks Right Through Me
33. The Raw Herbs - She's A Nurse But She's Alright
34. The Heart Throbs - Toy
35. The Siddeleys - My Favourite Wet Wednesday Afternoon
36. The Hepburns - The World Is
37. The Corne Dollies - Be Small Again
38. The King Of Luxembourg - Lee Remick
39. Cud - Only (A Prawn In Whitby)
40. The Popguns - Landslide
41. Another Subby Day - I'm In Love With A Girl Who Doesn't Know…
42. Bad Dream Fancy Dress - Choirboys Gas
43. Bradford - Skin Storm
44. The Claim - Picking Up The Bitter Little Pieces
45. The Sun And The Moon - Adam's Song (Pour Fenella)
46. Would-Be-Goods - Cecil Beaton's Scrapbook
47. The Rain - Dry The Rain
48. Blow-Up - Forever Holiday
49. The Fanatics - Suburban Love Songs
50. The Seers - Sun Is In The Sky

It's never an easy thing to release a set that attempts to tell the story of a sound, as invariably people will complain that there are worthy bands left off, bands included that shouldn't have been, avenues that are left unexplored, or compilers who just don’t have a firm enough grip on said style. The five-disc set Scared to Get Happy, compiled by John Reed of Cherry Red, does an admirable job of exploring the '80s U.K. indie pop scene. With 134 songs, there aren't many tributaries left uncovered, with representative songs from almost every guitar pop style of the era -- beginning with jittery post-punk and smooth underground pop, then spending a long time with Smiths-y jangle pop and fuzzy, post-Jesus and Mary Chain noise, before ending with some pre-shoegaze and proto-Brit-pop. Along the way an impressive amount of ground is covered with quite a few rarities, forgotten bands, and weirdo moments of greatness frequently popping up. The overall quality of the bands included is high throughout, and while a few choices could be argued by the faithful (We've Got a Fuzzbox or the Shamen, for example), this happens with any set as comprehensive as this. The chronological presentation is helpful too, giving the listener a chance to see how the Dolly Mixture influenced the female-fronted bands that came after them, or how the influence of Creation records grew and threatened to overtake the era (for better or worse). It truly does tell a story in that respect. There are a couple of painful problems with the collection, however. Due to licensing issues or oversight, it's missing some of the most important names of indie pop like Felt, the Pastels, the Vaselines, My Bloody Valentine, Orange Juice, and the Smiths. It's an understandable problem, and as Reed claims, it's maybe not a big deal that they're missing since their work is so well-known. Still, it's hard to tell a convincing story when so many of the bands who moved the sound forward, and who were responsible for some of its definitive moments, are nowhere to be found. (It is unforgivable that the Field Mice are missing, though.) The other crucial problem is that most of the bands that are included aren’t represented by their best songs. Not wanting to repeat any songs from two excellent indie pop comps that have come before (CD86 and Rough Trade Shops: Indiepop) means that, for example, the Sea Urchins' anthemic "Pristine Christine" isn't here. It’s replaced by the nearly as good "Solace," but the set suffers for these kinds of substitutions. Despite these issues, the good outweighs the bad, for the most part. There is enough jangling, noisy, melodic, and heartfelt songcraft here to make anyone who's ever fallen in love with indie pop happy to some degree. Certainly the story of '80s indie pop is one worth telling, and an effort as wide-reaching and open-armed as this has to be welcomed.

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