Many dont know, but C86 is the name of an amazing cassette compilation released by the British music magazine New Musical Express (NME) in 1986, featuring new bands that were all licenced from independent labels of the time.
Almost a term of abuse on release, and criticised for its associations with tweeness and underachievement, many now argue that it represents an essential moment for independent music in the UK.
Ex-NME staffer Andrew Collins summed up C86 by dubbing it "the most indie thing to have ever existed".
In 1996, NME continued the tradition of compiling a new band album (this time a CD) by releasing C96. Yet this time it had little impact and has been almost forgotten.
The 20th anniversary of the tape in 2006, saw several tributes. A download-only compilation, C06, of contemporary bands inspired by those on the original C86 cassette was put together by the indie-mp3 site in July 2006. A double-CD compilation; CD86, compiled by Bob Stanley, was released by Sanctuary Records and the ICA hosted "C86 - Still Doing It For Fun", an exhibition and 2 nights of gigs celebrating the rise of British Independent music. Yeay…C86 TRACK LIST;
Primal Scream - Velocity Girl
The Mighty Lemon Drops - Happy Head
The Soup Dragons - Pleasantly Surprised
The Wolfhounds - Feeling So Strange Again
The Bodines - Therese
Mighty Mighty - Law
Stump - Buffalo
Bogshed - Run To The Temple
A Witness - Sharpened Sticks
The Pastels - Breaking Lines
Age of Chance - From Now On, This Will Be Your God
The Shop Assistants - It's Up To You
Close Lobsters - Firestation Towers
Miaow - Sport Most Royal
Half Man Half Biscuit - I Hate Nerys Hughes (From The Heart)
The Servants - Transparent
The Mackenzies - Big Jim (There's no pubs in Heaven)
bIG fLAME - New Way (Quick Wash And Brush Up With Liberation Theology)
Fuzzbox - Console MeMcCarthy - Celestial City
The Shrubs - Bullfighter's Bones
The Wedding Present - This Boy Can Wait
A documentary film marking the period; Hungry Beat; is in production directed by Paul Kelly. Yippy…. Another must see flick!!!
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