VA - Scared To Get Happy, A Story Of Indie-Pop 1980-1989  (5 x CD's)
Scared to Get Happy: A Story of Indie-Pop 1980–1989 is the first box set ever to document the explosion of Indie Pop in Britain across the 1980's. It features 134 songs from indie pop artists from the 1980s. It was released in June 2013 by Cherry Red Records. Cherry Red Records explained the album is inspired by Lenny Kaye's album Nuggets: Original Artyfacts from the First Psychedelic Era, 1965–1968.
A truly remarkable, must-have 6 ½ hour, 5 cd box set with134 British indie-pop artists from the 80's. Comes in a 5 ½" x 7 ½" box that looks & opens like a hardcover book w/a 56-page non-removable booklet. The sound is overall excellent and recorded at a very even level (for those of you who like to make your own playlists). Lots of influences heard, from The Smiths & Echo & Bunnymen to ska to jangle-pop, sunshine-pop & power-pop, with even a bit of garage rock. Focusing exclusively on British artists and evoking a particular time and place in musical history, it endeavors to tell a story rather than be a definitive guide. The common thread between these songs on Scared To Get Happy is a willingness to experiment and push the boundaries of traditional pop. The compilation takes from the best of the indie labels at the time, with healthy doses of music from Postcard, Sarah, Cherry Red, Rough Trade, Creation, NME’s mail-order C86 cassette series, etc. The artist lineup can at times feel like a roll call of familiar indie-pop touchstones. Even the ones that aren't so amazing, particularly the more oddball songs are great period pieces. But most of the tunes are seriously choice. It was the stuff I hadn't known that made this comp what it was for me. (Amazon)