Sunday, January 23, 2022

VA - Steve Lamacq Lost Alternatives [2019] (4 x CD's)



VA - Steve Lamacq Lost Alternatives [2019] (4 x CD's)

UK four CD collection. Acclaimed BBC 6 Music radio DJ and former NME journalist, Steve Lamacq celebrates 25 years of broadcasting at the BBC with the release of this unique compilation. 71 curated tracks from the 1990s by the UK's leading Indie tastemaker. This compilation includes music not found on any streaming service. "Most alternative music lived underground. It made a lot of noise, but no-one in the mainstream could hear it. The '90s would see it go so much further than many of us expected. It wasn't just the popularity of alternative music which would change; the music was constantly reinventing itself too, sucking in influences from different genres and different eras." Includes tracks from Ride, The Charlatans, Kitchens Of Distinction, Suede, Teenage Fanclub, Cornershop, Bis, Rialto, Mansun, Ash, The Bluetones, and many others.

Acclaimed BBC6 Music radio DJ and former NME journalist, Steve Lamacq celebrates 25 years of broadcasting at the BBC with this unique double LP Record Store Day release •27 curated tracks from the 1990s by the UK's leading Indie tastemaker •Housed in a gatefold sleeve with two inner printed bags •Forward and track-by-track written by Steve •This compilations includes music not found on any streaming service •Artists include popular Indie names such as; The Charlatans, Mogwai, Slowdive, Elastica, Ash and Mansun alongside cult favorites who never quite made it Steve describes this as a "compilation which tries to dig a little deeper; which attempts to give another side of the nineties, which wasn't Cool Britannia, Laddism, and Blur Vs Oasis. What's here represents, at least one version, of the evolution of guitar music through the nineties"

The music in this set represents the “evolution of guitar music through the nineties” as told not by the big hits but by Evening Session cult favourites, limited edition singles and by some bands who simply never made it. Artists include the likes of Northside, Curve, Kitchens of Distinction, Voodoo Queens, Drugstore, Northern Uproar and Llama Farmers. There is also a peppering of slightly bigger names like Suede, Ride, The Charlatans, The Auteurs and Elastica.

In total there are 71 tracks and this set is a beautifully packaged and researched period piece. You will remember some of the bands and maybe some of the songs, but there's a lot of stuff that you probably missed and you are going to like because you were spending a lot of your money at the time down the pub... (Amazon)


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Track lists


01 Ride Chelsea Girl 2:58

02 Charlatans Indian Rope 4:33

03 Northside Shall We Take A Trip? 4:22

04 Flowered Up It's On 4:39

05 New Fast Automatic Daffodils Big 6:08

06 Slowdive Catch the Breeze 4:18

07 Curve Ten Little Girls 4:28

08 Kitchens of Distinction Prize 5:27

09 Pale Saints Throwing Back the Apple 4:09

10 Family Cat Place With a Name 3:00

11 Senseless Things Is It Too Late? 2:37

12 Mega City Four Words That Say 3:52

13 Teenage Fanclub Everything Flows 5:11

14 Silverfish Big Bad Baby Pig Squeal 2:47

15 Daisy Chainsaw Love Your Money 2:42

16 Voodoo Queens Supermodel Superficial 3:21

17 Cornershop Waterlogged 3:56


01 S*M*A*S*H Real Surreal 3:42

02 These Animal Men Speeed King 3:05

03 Blessed Ethel Rat 2:21

04 Suede The Drowners 4:10

05 Auteurs Show Girl 4:06

06 Elastica Stutter 2:24

07 Sleeper Alice in Vain 3:37

08 Tiny Monroe VHF 855V 3:39

09 Whiteout Starrclub 3:57

10 China Drum Wuthering Heights 3:39

11 Snuff Caught in Session 2:07

12 60ft Dolls Happy Shopper 3:03

13 Salad Drink the Elixir 4:28

14 Drugstore Solitary Party Groover 2:56

15 Ash Uncle Pat 3:15

16 Northern Uproar Rollercoaster 3:46

17 Perfume Lover 3:27

18 Mansun Take it Easy Chicken 4:28

19 Bluetones Are You Blue Or Are You Blind? 2:53


01 Bis School Disco 2:37

02 Travis All I Want To Do Is Rock 3:49

03 Catatonia Sweet Catatonia 2:45

04 Marion Violent Men 3:20

05 Audioweb Sleeper 5:15

06 Rialto Monday Morning 5:19 3:53

07 Tiger Race 3:24

08 Strangelove Greatest Show On Earth 4:15

09 Animals That Swim Pink Carnations 3:00

10 Linoleum Dissent 3:48

11 Scarfo Alkaline 3:47

12 Kenickie Come Out 2Nite 1:58

13 Helen Love Does Your Heart Go Boom 2:23

14 Jocasta Go 4:01

15 Livingstone Good Intentions 2:52

16 Geneva No-One Speaks 3:33

17 Whipping Boy When We Were Young 2:52

18 Earl Brutus Life's Too Long 3:49


01 Arab Strap The First Big Weekend 4:53

02 Mogwai New Paths To Helicon Part 1 5:55

03 Idlewild Satan Polaroid 3:18

04 Three Colours Red This is My Hollywood 2:44

05 Delgados Pull the Wires From the Wall 3:48

06 Beta Band Dry the Rain 6:05

07 Hitchers Strachan 5:55

08 Wubble-U Bit Like You 3:14

09 Ten Benson The Claw 2:56

10 Clinic I.P.C. Subeditors Dictate Our Youth 2:57

11 Cay Better Than Myself 2:41

12 Cable Freeze the Atlantic 2:47

13 Seafood This is Not an Exit 3:43

14 Llana Farmers Paper Eyes 3:16

15 Ultrasound Stay Young 6:54

16 Campag Velocet Drencom (Velocet Synthemesc) 7:43

17 Morgan Miss Parker 5:04




  1. Lovely. Deeply proposing to follow this guy on bbc6 via their app. Would surely discover lots of fantastic music.

    1. Hi StoneRose,
      I will take you up on your suggestion.


  2. Sounds interesting, thank you! The 90's are not my favourite musical decade, but as prejudices suck I hope to discover some bands or tracks that show me otherwise!

    1. Hi Wolfgang,
      There are lots of great bands from the 90's. I hope you will find some more gems.