Scared to Get Happy: A Story of Indie-Pop 1980-1989

Scared to Get Happy: A Story of Indie-Pop 1980-1989

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, complied by John Reed


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, complied by John Reed of Cherry Red, does an admirable job of exploring the '80s U.K. indie pop scene. With 134 songs here, 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 & 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, some of the most important names of indie pop like Felt, the Pastels, the Vaselines, My Bloody Valentine, Orange Juice, and the Smiths are missing. 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. Despite this issue, 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. 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.

Product Details

Release Date:
Cherry Red Uk

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Disc 1

  1. Revolutionary Spirit
  2. Getting Nowhere Fast
  3. Showing off to Impress the Girls
  4. (There's Always) Something on My Mind
  5. The Missionary
  6. The Jet Set Junta
  7. Dumb Magician
  8. Don't Come Back
  9. Candy Skin
  10. Ambition
  11. Everything and More
  12. Paraffin Brain
  13. All About You
  14. It's a Fine Day
  15. I Think I Need Help
  16. Things Have Learnt To Walk That Ought To Crawl
  17. Summerdays
  18. Lions In My Own Garden (Exit Someone)
  19. Nerve Pylon
  20. Feeling Dizzy
  21. The Lost and the Lonely
  22. Human Features
  23. Roll On Summertime
  24. Happy Birthday
  25. Norman and Narcissus
  26. A Picture of Dorian Gray

Disc 2

  1. The Sun Shines Here
  2. If She Doesn't Smile (It'll Rain)
  3. Everybody's Problem
  4. Dark 7
  5. Stop the Rain
  6. I'm Used Now
  7. Sense Sickness
  8. Honey At the Core
  9. Oblivious
  10. Are You Ready To Be Heartbroken
  11. Kardomah Café
  12. This Brilliant Evening
  13. Dolly
  14. Plenty
  15. Southern Mark Smith
  16. Where the Traffic Goes
  17. Forever
  18. Every Conversation
  19. In the Afternoon
  20. Hymn From a Village
  21. Just Like Honey
  22. The Chocolate Elephant Man
  23. Temple of Convenience
  24. God Bless
  25. Debra
  26. Up the Hill and Down the Slope

Disc 3

  1. Velocity Girl
  2. Go Out and Get 'Em, Boy!
  3. Thru the Flowers
  4. Sad?
  5. All Day Long
  6. Something Happens
  7. X X Sex
  8. Is There Anyone Out There?
  9. Quite Content
  10. Red Sleeping Beauty
  11. Motorcity
  12. Completely & Utterly
  13. Cut the Cake
  14. Loggerheads
  15. Don't Worry
  16. Sick Little Girl
  17. Big Pink Cake
  18. It's a Good Thing
  19. Almost Prayed
  20. Vote For Love
  21. Beatnik Boy
  22. She Dazzled Me With Basil
  23. A Gentle Sound
  24. Baby Blue Marine
  25. The Rain Fell Down
  26. (Whatever Happened To) Alice?
  27. Balloon Song
  28. A Wonderful Day

Disc 4

  1. Shine On
  2. Something About You
  3. The Albums of Jack
  4. Albert Parker
  5. Love is Blue
  6. Heaven Forbid
  7. Delilah Sands
  8. Shimmer
  9. Gruesome Castle
  10. Engine Failure
  11. If I Said
  12. Tidalwave
  13. She Looks Right Through Me
  14. Room In Your Heart
  15. Love Resistance
  16. Take Your Time Yeah!
  17. She's a Nurse But She's Alright
  18. Toy
  19. Tranquil
  20. You Make My Head Explode
  21. My Favourite Wet Wednesday Afternoon
  22. Tug-Boat Line
  23. The World Is
  24. One of Those Things
  25. Be Small Again
  26. Lee Remick
  27. Son of a Gun

Disc 5

  1. The Hardest Thing In the World
  2. Keep the Circle Around
  3. Indiepop Ain't Noise Pollution
  4. Solace
  5. Only (a Prawn In Whitby)
  6. Landslide
  7. All Aboard the Love-Mobile
  8. I'm In Love With a Girl Who Doesn't Know I Exist
  9. Strawberry Window
  10. Choirboys Gas (Hack the Cassock)
  11. Circle Line
  12. I've Got a Habit
  13. Skin Storm
  14. Are You Happy Now?
  15. Picking Up the Bitter Little Pieces
  16. Dreamabout
  17. Adam's Song (Pour Fenella)
  18. Jesse Man Rae
  19. Cecil Beaton's Scrapbook
  20. Speak To Me Rochelle
  21. Dry the Rain
  22. Forever Holiday
  23. Suburban Love Songs
  24. Roses
  25. Sun is In the Sky
  26. Perfect Needle
  27. Catweazle

Album Credits

Technical Credits

Lloyd Cole   Composer
Robert Forster   Composer
Paul Haig   Composer
Tracey Thorn   Composer
Kevin McDermott   Composer
Shamen   Composer
Martin Stephenson   Composer
Neil Baldwin   Composer
Tim Booth   Composer
Martin Bramah   Composer
Martin Carr   Composer
Carter   Composer
Nick Cash   Composer
Jarvis Cocker   Composer
Rico Conning   Composer
Cathal Coughlan   Composer
Justin Currie   Composer
Sean Dickson   Composer
Terry Edwards   Composer
Roddy Frame   Composer
Tim Gane   Composer
David Gedge   Composer
Martin Gilks   Composer
Bobby Gillespie   Composer
Jim Glennie   Composer
Larry Gott   Composer
Steve Gregory   Composer
Iain Harvie   Composer
Robert Hodgens   Composer
Miles Hunt   Composer
David Keegan   Composer
Gerard Langley   Composer
Mark Matthews   Composer
Stephen McLaughlin   Composer
Gary Newby   Composer
Sean O'Hagan   Composer
Ally Palmer   Composer
Jim Reid   Composer
Norman Rodger   Composer
Gerard Swift   Composer
Simon Fisher Turner   Composer
Paul Tyagi   Composer
Ben Watt   Composer
Gavan Whelan   Composer
Simon Emmerson   Composer
Mark Burgess   Composer
Andy Clegg   Composer
John Lever   Composer
Paddy McAloon   Composer
Andy Whitaker   Composer
Alison Statton   Composer
Colin Vearncombe   Composer
Rolo McGinty   Composer
Peter Astor   Composer
Frank de Freitas   Composer
Simon Fowler   Composer
John Squire   Composer
Clive Thomas   Composer
Dan Treacy   Composer
Colin Angus   Composer
Paul Court   Composer
Graham Crabb   Composer
Steve Dullaghan   Composer
Tony Linehan   Composer
Clint Mansell   Composer
Lee Mavers   Composer
Adam Mole   Composer
Simon Scott   Composer
Duglas T. Stewart   Composer
Andrea Lewis   Composer
Tom Hingley   Composer
Graham Lambert   Composer
Clint Boon   Composer
Chris Thomson   Composer
Robert Lloyd   Composer
Richard Goldstraw   Composer
Steve Hewitt   Composer
Debsey Wykes   Composer
Alan Stirner   Composer
Craig Gill   Composer
Jeremy Paige   Composer
Rose McDowall   Composer
Jill Bryson   Composer
Paul Handyside   Composer
Shaun Charman   Composer
Sue Dorey   Composer
Dave Callahan   Composer
John Head   Composer
Rachel Bor   Composer
Tom Donnelly   Composer
Mark Flunder   Composer
Stephen Goodwin   Composer
Wendy Morgan   Composer
Rosehips   Composer
Nian Brindle   Composer
Simon Nelson   Composer
Age Blackmore   Composer
Kat Day   Composer
Hester Smith   Composer
Stephen Lawrie   Composer
Derek Hammond   Composer
David Westlake   Composer
Malcolm Eden   Composer
Andy Golding   Composer
Tim Vass   Composer
Hugh Harkin   Composer
Charlie "Switch" Higson   Composer
Becky Stringer   Composer
Angus McPake   Composer
Andrew Tully   Composer
Graeme Wilmington   Composer
William Potter   Composer
Carl Puttnam   Composer
Tim Burtonwood   Composer
Alan McGee   Composer
Sarah Kneale   Composer
Andy Bolton   Composer
Frank Stebbing   Composer
Simon Charterton   Composer
Stuart McGeachin   Composer
Mark Side   Composer
David Henderson   Composer
Murray Slade   Composer
Graham Main   Composer
Gregory Webster   Composer
Stuart Ellis   Composer
Andrew Jarrett   Composer
John Williamson   Composer
Phil Wilson   Composer
Paul Gilbertson   Composer
Harley Farr   Composer
Dj Hennessy   Composer
Paul Simpson   Composer
Neil Howson   Composer
Matthew Drummond   Composer
James Moody   Composer
Steve Elvidge   Composer
John Reed   Concept,Annotation,Licensing
David Newton   Composer
Mark Litten   Composer
James Roberts   Composer
John Charnley   Composer
Bill Charnley   Composer
Edward Barton   Composer
Graham Gargiulo   Composer
Petra Roddis   Composer
Simon Barber   Composer
Dave Goldsworthy   Composer
Hackett   Composer
Bubblegum Splash   Composer
Constantin Veis   Composer
Matt Ingham   Promoter
Laura McPhail   Composer
Julian Henry   Composer
Debbie Green   Composer
Andy Warren   Composer
David Arnold   Composer
Martin Bishop   Composer
David Read   Composer
Dean Brodrick   Composer
Greg O'Keeffe   Composer
Malc Treece   Composer
Martin Whitehead   Composer
Davey Woodward   Composer
Tom Hardy   Composer
Norman Blake   Composer
Michael Ryan   Composer
Tolland   Composer
Spencer Birtwistle   Composer
Tracy Spencer   Composer
Dunphy   Composer
Victoria Perks   Composer
Seshadri   Composer
Martyn Walsh   Composer
Eddy Ball   Licensing
David Barbenel   Composer
Stuart Clarke   Composer
Toby Chislett   Composer
Russell Burn   Composer
Adrian Crossan   Composer
Martin Cotter   Composer
Steve Galloway   Composer
James Fraser   Composer
Greg Dixon   Composer
Robert Dimery   Composer
John Grayland   Composer
Rob Young   Composer
Jack Hoser   Composer
Brendan Holden   Composer
Ian Michael Hodgson   Composer
Gary Knight   Composer
Stewart McFayden   Composer
Dominic Manns   Composer
Johnny Johnson   Composer
Alex Veis   Composer
Margarita Vasquez-Ponte   Composer
Simon Rowbottom   Composer
Simon Pickles   Composer
Robyn Odlum   Composer
Steve Musham   Composer
Leigh Wildman   Composer
Elizabeth Price   Composer
Clive Stubbings   Composer
John Mackie   Composer
Pat Walkington   Composer
Jim Shepherd   Composer
Adam Sanderson   Composer
Tim Sales   Composer
Paul Rixon   Composer
Nick Roughley   Composer
Steve Ridder   Composer
David Walmsley   Composer
Robert Sekula   Composer
Fran Schoppler   Composer

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