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

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All Music Guide - Tim Sendra
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Tim Sendra
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/2/2013
  • Label: Cherry Red Uk
  • EAN: 5013929101005
  • Catalog Number: 2910100
  • Sales rank: 55,193

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Revolutionary Spirit - Wild Swans (4:24)
  2. 2 Getting Nowhere Fast - Girls at Our Best!
  3. 3 Showing off to Impress the Girls - Art Objects (2:44)
  4. 4 (There's Always) Something on My Mind - Pale Fountains (2:41)
  5. 5 The Missionary - Josef K (3:47)
  6. 6 The Jet Set Junta - The Monochrome Set (2:03)
  7. 7 Dumb Magician - The Blue Orchids (2:55)
  8. 8 Don't Come Back - Marine Girls (2:03)
  9. 9 Candy Skin - Fire Engines (2:54)
  10. 10 Ambition - TV21 (3:59)
  11. 11 Everything and More - Dolly Mixture
  12. 12 Paraffin Brain - The Nightingales (3:02)
  13. 13 All About You - Scars (4:02)
  14. 14 It's a Fine Day - Jane & Barton (2:46)
  15. 15 I Think I Need Help - Farmer's Boys (2:17)
  16. 16 Things Have Learnt To Walk That Ought To Crawl - The Room (3:37)
  17. 17 Summerdays - Weekend (2:52)
  18. 18 Lions In My Own Garden (Exit Someone) - Prefab Sprout (2:36)
  19. 19 Nerve Pylon - The Lines
  20. 20 Feeling Dizzy - Everything But the Girl (4:16)
  21. 21 The Lost and the Lonely - Higsons (3:01)
  22. 22 Human Features - Black (3:06)
  23. 23 Roll On Summertime - The Daintees (3:18)
  24. 24 Happy Birthday - The Bluebells (2:57)
  25. 25 Norman and Narcissus - Trixie's Big Red Motor Bike (2:31)
  26. 26 A Picture of Dorian Gray - TV Personalities (2:43)
Disc 2
  1. 1 The Sun Shines Here - Hurrah! (2:27)
  2. 2 If She Doesn't Smile (It'll Rain) - Fantastic Something
  3. 3 Everybody's Problem - Pulp (3:14)
  4. 4 Dark 7 - Strawberry Switchblade (3:03)
  5. 5 Stop the Rain - Suede Crocodiles (3:24)
  6. 6 I'm Used Now - Grab Grab the Haddock (2:24)
  7. 7 Sense Sickness - Del Amitri (2:51)
  8. 8 Honey At the Core - Friends Again (3:55)
  9. 9 Oblivious - Aztec Camera
  10. 10 Are You Ready To Be Heartbroken - Lloyd Cole (2:09)
  11. 11 Kardomah Café - Cherry Boys (3:15)
  12. 12 This Brilliant Evening - In Embrace (2:48)
  13. 13 Dolly - Microdisney (3:20)
  14. 14 Plenty - The Woodentops (3:17)
  15. 15 Southern Mark Smith - The Jazz Butcher (3:32)
  16. 16 Where the Traffic Goes - The Jasmine Minks (2:32)
  17. 17 Forever - The Hit Parade (2:56)
  18. 18 Every Conversation - June Brides
  19. 19 In the Afternoon - Revolving Paint Dream (3:25)
  20. 20 Hymn From a Village - James (2:52)
  21. 21 Just Like Honey - The Jesus and Mary Chain (2:56)
  22. 22 The Chocolate Elephant Man - Biff Bang Pow! (3:08)
  23. 23 Temple of Convenience - Yeah Yeah Noh (2:46)
  24. 24 God Bless - The Bodines (2:18)
  25. 25 Debra - Big Flame (2:09)
  26. 26 Up the Hill and Down the Slope - The Loft (4:16)
Disc 3
  1. 1 Velocity Girl - Primal Scream
  2. 2 Go Out and Get 'Em, Boy! - The Wedding Present (4:11)
  3. 3 Thru the Flowers - The Primitives
  4. 4 Sad? - BMX Bandits (3:00)
  5. 5 All Day Long - Shop Assistants (1:50)
  6. 6 Something Happens - The Mighty Lemon Drops (3:40)
  7. 7 X X Sex - We've Got a Fuzzbox and We're Gonna Use It (1:59)
  8. 8 Is There Anyone Out There? - Mighty Mighty (3:41)
  9. 9 Quite Content - The Soup Dragons (2:36)
  10. 10 Red Sleeping Beauty - McCarthy
  11. 11 Motorcity - Age of Chance (3:32)
  12. 12 Completely & Utterly - The Chesterf!elds (2:05)
  13. 13 Cut the Cake - The Wolfhounds (3:24)
  14. 14 Loggerheads - The Servants (3:09)
  15. 15 Don't Worry - Close Lobsters (2:48)
  16. 16 Sick Little Girl - Pop Will Eat Itself (2:31)
  17. 17 Big Pink Cake - The Razorcuts (3:25)
  18. 18 It's a Good Thing - That Petrol Emotion (2:34)
  19. 19 Almost Prayed - The Weather Prophets (2:39)
  20. 20 Vote For Love - Jamie Wednesday (3:29)
  21. 21 Beatnik Boy - Talulah Gosh
  22. 22 She Dazzled Me With Basil - The Dentists (2:46)
  23. 23 A Gentle Sound - Railway Children (3:16)
  24. 24 Baby Blue Marine - Groove Farm (1:47)
  25. 25 The Rain Fell Down - Jesse Garon & the Desperadoes
  26. 26 (Whatever Happened To) Alice? - Rosemary's Children (3:33)
  27. 27 Balloon Song - 14 Iced Bears (2:31)
  28. 28 A Wonderful Day - The Wonder Stuff (1:55)
Disc 4
  1. 1 Shine On - The House of Love (3:20)
  2. 2 Something About You - The Shamen (2:58)
  3. 3 The Albums of Jack - Bachelor Pad (2:26)
  4. 4 Albert Parker - Gol Gappas (4:09)
  5. 5 Love is Blue - Hangman's Beautiful Daughters (3:36)
  6. 6 Heaven Forbid - Whirl (3:07)
  7. 7 Delilah Sands - Brilliant Corners (3:08)
  8. 8 Shimmer - Flatmates
  9. 9 Gruesome Castle - The Wake (3:18)
  10. 10 Engine Failure - This Poison! (1:36)
  11. 11 If I Said - The Darling Buds (2:57)
  12. 12 Tidalwave - Boy Hairdressers (1:47)
  13. 13 She Looks Right Through Me - The Waltones (3:30)
  14. 14 Room In Your Heart - Rosehips (2:15)
  15. 15 Love Resistance - Apple Boutique (3:59)
  16. 16 Take Your Time Yeah! - Laugh (2:45)
  17. 17 She's a Nurse But She's Alright - Raw Herbs (3:53)
  18. 18 Toy - Heart Throbs (3:36)
  19. 19 Tranquil - The Clouds (2:59)
  20. 20 You Make My Head Explode - Groovy Little Numbers
  21. 21 My Favourite Wet Wednesday Afternoon - Siddeleys (3:31)
  22. 22 Tug-Boat Line - Rumblefish (3:30)
  23. 23 The World Is - The Hepburns (2:04)
  24. 24 One of Those Things - Bubblegum Splash (2:04)
  25. 25 Be Small Again - Corn Dollies (2:45)
  26. 26 Lee Remick - King of Luxembourg
  27. 27 Son of a Gun - The La's (1:56)
Disc 5
  1. 1 The Hardest Thing In the World - The Stone Roses (2:43)
  2. 2 Keep the Circle Around - Inspiral Carpets (3:48)
  3. 3 Indiepop Ain't Noise Pollution - The Pooh Sticks
  4. 4 Solace - The Sea Urchins
  5. 5 Only (a Prawn In Whitby) - Cud (3:07)
  6. 6 Landslide - Popguns (2:55)
  7. 7 All Aboard the Love-Mobile - One Thousand Violins (2:28)
  8. 8 I'm In Love With a Girl Who Doesn't Know I Exist - Another Sunny Day (1:39)
  9. 9 Strawberry Window - East Village (2:36)
  10. 10 Choirboys Gas (Hack the Cassock) - Bad Dream Fancy Dress (2:16)
  11. 11 Circle Line - Rodney Allen (3:24)
  12. 12 I've Got a Habit - The Orchids (2:33)
  13. 13 Skin Storm - Bradford (3:13)
  14. 14 Are You Happy Now? - The Charlottes
  15. 15 Picking Up the Bitter Little Pieces - The Claim (3:13)
  16. 16 Dreamabout - Poppyheads (4:16)
  17. 17 Adam's Song (Pour Fenella) - Sun & the Moon (2:40)
  18. 18 Jesse Man Rae - McTells (3:05)
  19. 19 Cecil Beaton's Scrapbook - Would-Be-Goods (2:54)
  20. 20 Speak To Me Rochelle - Desert Wolves (2:27)
  21. 21 Dry the Rain - The Rain (2:35)
  22. 22 Forever Holiday - Blow Up (4:08)
  23. 23 Suburban Love Songs - The Fanatics (2:23)
  24. 24 Roses - Milltown Brothers (3:05)
  25. 25 Sun is In the Sky - Seers (3:11)
  26. 26 Perfect Needle - The Telescopes (3:28)
  27. 27 Catweazle - The Boo Radleys (3:22)
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Lloyd Cole Composer
Robert Forster Composer
Paul Haig Composer
Tracey Thorn Composer
Kevin McDermott Composer
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