Wednesday, February 6, 2013

A Few New C86 Picks

I swear I'm not a shill for Cherry Red Records, but it may seem like it by the time I'm done posting today. It's clear these guys will never stop mining for C86 nuggets, and I love them for it. Besides the massive box set we have been hearing so much about and is expected out in June, here are a few other impending anthologies that should be on your radar:

Mighty Mighty
'Pop Can! The Definitive Collection 1986 to 1988'
Release Date: Feb. 18

The NME C86 vets issued six singles and an album ('Sharks') during this brief period, and you get it all on this remastered 36-song, two-disc set. Here is a quick listen at the band's first single.

Mighty Mighty - Everybody Knows The Monkey (mp3)

The Briliant Corners
'Heart On Your Sleeve - A Decade In Pop 1983-1993'
Release Date: Feb. 18

Davey Woodward's smart outfit issued 10 singles and five albums during this span, and much of that work has been out of print for ages. Obviously, you can't have the band's entire catalog on two discs, but this 48-song set is quite comprehensive. All of the singles from the SS20 and McQueen labels are here, and there are just enough demos and live tracks to get old-timers like me, with much of their catalog already in hand, interested. Here's one from the 1988 album 'Somebody Up There Likes Me' (my favorite) that you'll find on this compilation.

The Brilliant Corners - Teenage (mp3)

The Primitives
'Everything's Shining Bright, the Lazy Recordings 1985-87'
Release Date: March 25

True, this period in the Primitives' history was anthologized by Sanctuary five years ago, but if you missed it, here's a second chance. Anyway, this 42-song, two-disc set isn't exactly the same as that comp. Here's what you get this time around: Disc one contains all of the Lazy singles, plus a few demos from '85, including an early recording of the smash "Crash." For those who still have the band's old 7" singles, the real find for you is on disc two. I have never heard the promo-only live album from Aug. 15, 1987 at the ICA. That's why I'm preordering this one today. Give the band's second single a listen:

The Primitives - Really Stupid (mp3)

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