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• 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 1980s. Compiled in loosely chronological fashion, the five CDs chart Indie Pop’s development from the post punk era and the dominance of Scottish bands through to its genre-defining C86 period and onto the end of the decade, with the arrival of Madchester and the shoegazing sound.

• Inspired by the Nuggets compilations, the box set boasts 134 tracks spanning the Eighties, drawn from all the key labels of the period – Creation, Factory, Cherry Red, Rough Trade, Sarah, Subway Organisation, Zoo, Kitchenware, Pink, Chapter 22, In Tape, Medium Cool, Lazy, Dreamworld, 53rd & 3rd, Ron Johnson, el, Vindaloo, Red Rhino, Food, etc.
• Many of the bands later tasted mainstream success: Primal Scream, Aztec Camera, Stone Roses, Pulp, the Wonder Stuff, Lloyd Cole & The Commotions, the Inspiral Carpets, the Soup Dragons, the Wedding
Present, James, the La’s, del Amitri, the Primitives, the Jesus & Mary Chain, Prefab Sprout, the Shamen, Cud, the Bluebells, Black, the House Of Love, Strawberry Switchblade, Pop Will Eat Itself, the Darling Buds, Fuzzbox, That Petrol Emotion, the Railway Children, Jamie Wednesday (as Carter USM), the Milltown Brothers and the Boo Radleys.
• The box set boasts a stylish 54-page booklet with a lengthy sleeve-note detailing each track and illustrations of the records and bands involved.
• A few tracks (Strawberry Switchblade, Soup Dragons, Bluebells, Close Lobsters, etc.) have never officially been released before. Many others are extremely rare and make their debut on CD.

Track Listing:

DISC ONE:
1. REVOLUTIONARY SPIRIT – The Wild Swans
2. GETTING NOWHERE FAST – Girls at Our Best!
3. SHOWING OFF TO IMPRESS THE GIRLS – Art Objects
4. (THERE’S ALWAYS) SOMETHING ON MY MIND – The Pale Fountains
5. THE MISSIONARY – Josef K
6. THE JET SET JUNTA – The Monochrome Set
7. DUMB MAGICIAN –Blue Orchids
8. DON’T COME BACK – The Marine Girls
9. CANDY SKIN –Fire Engines
10. AMBITION – TV21
11. EVERYTHING AND MORE – Dolly Mixture
12. PARAFFIN BRAIN – The Nightingales
13. ALL ABOUT YOU – Scars
14. IT’S A FINE DAY – Jane
15. I THINK I NEED HELP – The Farmers Boys
16. THINGS HAVE LEARNT TO WALK THAT OUGHT TO CRAWL – The Room
17. SUMMERDAYS – Weekend
18. LIONS IN MY OWN GARDEN (EXIT SOMEONE) – Prefab Sprout
19. NERVE PYLON – The Lines
20. FEELING DIZZY – Everything But The Girl
21. THE LOST AND THE LONELY – The Higsons
22. HUMAN FEATURES – Black
23. ROLL ON SUMMERTIME – The Daintees
24. HAPPY BIRTHDAY – The Bluebells
25. NORMAN AND NARCISSUS – Trixie’s Big Red Motorbike
26. A PICTURE OF DORIAN GRAY (LIVE) – TV Personalities

DISC TWO:
1. THE SUN SHINES HERE – Hurrah!
2. IF SHE DOESN’T SMILE (IT’LL RAIN) – Fantastic Something
3. EVERYBODY’S PROBLEM – Pulp
4. DARK 7 – Strawberry Switchblade
5. STOP THE RAIN – The Suede Crocodiles
6. I’M USED NOW – Grab Grab The Haddock
7. SENSE SICKNESS – del Amitri
8. HONEY AT THE CORE – Friends Again
9. OBLIVIOUS – Aztec Camera
10. ARE YOU READY TO BE HEARTBROKEN (INDIE VERSION) – Lloyd Cole & The Commotions
11. KARDOMAH CAFÉ – The Cherry Boys
12. THIS BRILLIANT EVENING – In Embrace
13. DOLLY – Microdisney
14. PLENTY – The Woodentops
15. SOUTHERN MARK SMITH – The Jazz Butcher
16. WHERE THE TRAFFIC GOES – The Jasmine Minks
17. FOREVER – The Hit Parade
18. EVERY CONVERSATION – The June Brides
19. IN THE AFTERNOON – The Revolving Paint Dream
20. HYMN FROM A VILLAGE – James
21. JUST LIKE HONEY (DEMO OCT ‘84) – The Jesus & Mary Chain
22. THE CHOCOLATE ELEPHANT MAN – Biff Bang Pow!
23. TEMPLE OF CONVENIENCE – Yeah Yeah Noh
24. GOD BLESS – The Bodines
25. DEBRA – bIG fLAME
26. UP THE HILL AND DOWN THE SLOPE – The Loft

DISC THREE:

1. VELOCITY GIRL – Primal Scream
2. GO OUT AND GET ‘EM, BOY! – The Wedding Present
3. THRU THE FLOWERS – The Primitives
4. SAD – The BMX Bandits
5. ALL DAY LONG – The Shop Assistants
6. SOMETHING HAPPENS – The Mighty Lemon Drops
7. XX SEX (DEMO) – We’ve Got A Fuzzbox And We’re Gonna Use It
8. IS THERE ANYONE OUT THERE? – Mighty Mighty
9. QUITE CONTENT – The Soup Dragons
10. RED SLEEPING BEAUTY – McCarthy
11. MOTORCITY – Age Of Chance
12. COMPLETELY AND UTTERLY – The Chesterfields
13. CUT THE CAKE – The Wolfhounds
14. LOGGERHEADS – The Servants
15. DON’T WORRY (DEMO) – The Close Lobsters
16. SICK LITTLE GIRL – Pop Will Eat Itself
17. BIG PINK CAKE – Razorcuts
18. IT’S A GOOD THING – That Petrol Emotion
19. ALMOST PRAYED – The Weather Prophets
20. VOTE FOR LOVE – Jamie Wednesday
21. BEATNIK BOY – Talulah Gosh
22. SHE DAZZLED ME WITH BASIL – The Dentists
23. A GENTLE SOUND – The Railway Children
24. BABY BLUE MARINE (ALTERNATIVE VERSION) – The Groove Farm
25. THE RAIN FELL DOWN – Jesse Garon & The Desperadoes
26. (WHATEVER HAPPENED TO) ALICE? – Rosemary’s Children
27. BALLOON SONG – 14 Iced Bears
28. A WONDERFUL DAY – The Wonder Stuff

DISC FOUR:

1. SHINE ON – House Of Love
2. SOMETHING ABOUT YOU – The Shamen
3. THE ALBUMS OF JACK – The Bachelor Pad
4. ALBERT PARKER – Gol Gappas
5. LOVE IS BLUE – Hangman’s Beautiful Daughters
6. HEAVEN FORBID – Whirl
7. DELILAH SANDS – The Brilliant Corners
8. SHIMMER – The Flatmates
9. GRUESOME CASTLE – The Wake
10. ENGINE FAILURE – This Poison!
11. IF I SAID – The Darling Buds
12. TIDALWAVE – The Boy Hairdressers
13. SHE LOOKS RIGHT THROUGH ME – The Waltones
14. ROOM IN YOUR HEART – The Rosehips
15. LOVE RESISTANCE – Apple Boutique
16. TAKE YOUR TIME YEAH! – Laugh
17. SHE’S A NURSE BUT SHE’S ALRIGHT – The Raw Herbs
18. TOY – The Heart Throbs
19. TRANQUIL – The Clouds
20. YOU MAKE MY HEAD EXPLODE – The Groovy Little Numbers
21. MY FAVOURITE WET WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON – The Siddeleys
22. TUG-BOAT LINE – Rumblefish
23. THE WORLD IS – The Hepburns
24. ONE OF THOSE THINGS – Bubblegum Splash
25. BE SMALL AGAIN – The Corn Dollies
26. LEE REMICK – The King Of Luxembourg
27. SON OF A GUN (DEMO) – The LA’s

DISC FIVE:

1. THE HARDEST THING IN THE WORLD – The Stone Roses
2. KEEP THE CIRCLE AROUND – Inspiral Carpets
3. INDIEPOP AIN’T NOISE POLLUTION – The Pooh Sticks
4. SOLACE – The Sea Urchins
5. ONLY (A PRAWN IN WHITBY) – Cud
6. LANDSLIDE – The Popguns
7. ALL ABOARD THE LOVE-MOBILE – One Thousand Violins
8. I’M IN LOVE WITH A GIRL WHO DOESN’T KNOW I EXIST – Another Sunny Day
9. STRAWBERRY WINDOW – East Village
10. CHOIRBOYS GAS (HACK THE CASSOCK) – Bad Dream Fancy Dress
11. CIRCLE LINE – Rodney Allen
12. I’VE GOT A HABIT – The Orchids
13. SKIN STORM – Bradford
14. ARE YOU HAPPY NOW? – The Charlottes
15. PICKING UP THE BITTER LITTLE PIECES – The Claim
16. DREAMABOUT – The Poppyheads
17. ADAM’S SONG (POUR FENELLA) – The Sun And The Moon
18. JESSE MAN RAE – The McTells
19. CECIL BEATON’S SCRAPBOOK – The Would-Be-Goods
20. SPEAK TO ME ROCHELLE – The Desert Wolves
21. DRY THE RAIN – The Rain
22. FOREVER HOLIDAY – Blow Up
23. SUBURBAN LOVE SONGS – The Fanatics
24. ROSES – The Milltown Brothers
25. SUN IS IN THE SKY – The Seers
26. PERFECT NEEDLE – The Telescopes
27. CATWEAZLE – The Boo Radleys

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DISC ONE:
1. REVOLUTIONARY SPIRIT – The Wild Swans
2. GETTING NOWHERE FAST – Girls at Our Best!
3. SHOWING OFF TO IMPRESS THE GIRLS – Art Objects
4. (THERE’S ALWAYS) SOMETHING ON MY MIND – The Pale Fountains
5. THE MISSIONARY – Josef K
6. THE JET SET JUNTA – The Monochrome Set
7. DUMB MAGICIAN –Blue Orchids
8. DON’T COME BACK – The Marine Girls
9. CANDY SKIN –Fire Engines
10. AMBITION – TV21
11. EVERYTHING AND MORE – Dolly Mixture
12. PARAFFIN BRAIN – The Nightingales
13. ALL ABOUT YOU – Scars
14. IT’S A FINE DAY - Jane
15. I THINK I NEED HELP – The Farmers Boys
16. THINGS HAVE LEARNT TO WALK THAT OUGHT TO CRAWL – The Room
17. SUMMERDAYS - Weekend
18. LIONS IN MY OWN GARDEN (EXIT SOMEONE) – Prefab Sprout
19. NERVE PYLON – The Lines
20. FEELING DIZZY – Everything But The Girl
21. THE LOST AND THE LONELY – The Higsons
22. HUMAN FEATURES – Black
23. ROLL ON SUMMERTIME – The Daintees
24. HAPPY BIRTHDAY – The Bluebells
25. NORMAN AND NARCISSUS – Trixie’s Big Red Motorbike
26. A PICTURE OF DORIAN GRAY (LIVE) – TV Personalities

DISC TWO:
1. THE SUN SHINES HERE – Hurrah!
2. IF SHE DOESN’T SMILE (IT’LL RAIN) – Fantastic Something
3. EVERYBODY’S PROBLEM – Pulp
4. DARK 7 – Strawberry Switchblade
5. STOP THE RAIN – The Suede Crocodiles
6. I'M USED NOW – Grab Grab The Haddock
7. SENSE SICKNESS – del Amitri
8. HONEY AT THE CORE – Friends Again
9. OBLIVIOUS – Aztec Camera
10. ARE YOU READY TO BE HEARTBROKEN (INDIE VERSION) – Lloyd Cole & The Commotions
11. KARDOMAH CAFÉ – The Cherry Boys
12. THIS BRILLIANT EVENING – In Embrace
13. DOLLY – Microdisney
14. PLENTY – The Woodentops
15. SOUTHERN MARK SMITH – The Jazz Butcher
16. WHERE THE TRAFFIC GOES – The Jasmine Minks
17. FOREVER – The Hit Parade
18. EVERY CONVERSATION – The June Brides
19. IN THE AFTERNOON – The Revolving Paint Dream
20. HYMN FROM A VILLAGE – James
21. JUST LIKE HONEY (DEMO OCT ‘84) – The Jesus & Mary Chain
22. THE CHOCOLATE ELEPHANT MAN – Biff Bang Pow!
23. TEMPLE OF CONVENIENCE – Yeah Yeah Noh
24. GOD BLESS – The Bodines
25. DEBRA – bIG fLAME
26. UP THE HILL AND DOWN THE SLOPE – The Loft

DISC THREE:

1. VELOCITY GIRL – Primal Scream
2. GO OUT AND GET ‘EM, BOY! – The Wedding Present
3. THRU THE FLOWERS – The Primitives
4. SAD – The BMX Bandits
5. ALL DAY LONG – The Shop Assistants
6. SOMETHING HAPPENS – The Mighty Lemon Drops
7. XX SEX (DEMO) – We’ve Got A Fuzzbox And We’re Gonna Use It
8. IS THERE ANYONE OUT THERE? – Mighty Mighty
9. QUITE CONTENT – The Soup Dragons
10. RED SLEEPING BEAUTY – McCarthy
11. MOTORCITY – Age Of Chance
12. COMPLETELY AND UTTERLY – The Chesterfields
13. CUT THE CAKE – The Wolfhounds
14. LOGGERHEADS – The Servants
15. DON’T WORRY (DEMO) – The Close Lobsters
16. SICK LITTLE GIRL – Pop Will Eat Itself
17. BIG PINK CAKE – Razorcuts
18. IT’S A GOOD THING – That Petrol Emotion
19. ALMOST PRAYED – The Weather Prophets
20. VOTE FOR LOVE – Jamie Wednesday
21. BEATNIK BOY – Talulah Gosh
22. SHE DAZZLED ME WITH BASIL – The Dentists
23. A GENTLE SOUND – The Railway Children
24. BABY BLUE MARINE (ALTERNATIVE VERSION) – The Groove Farm
25. THE RAIN FELL DOWN – Jesse Garon & The Desperadoes
26. (WHATEVER HAPPENED TO) ALICE? – Rosemary’s Children
27. BALLOON SONG – 14 Iced Bears
28. A WONDERFUL DAY – The Wonder Stuff

DISC FOUR:

1. SHINE ON – House Of Love
2. SOMETHING ABOUT YOU – The Shamen
3. THE ALBUMS OF JACK – The Bachelor Pad
4. ALBERT PARKER – Gol Gappas
5. LOVE IS BLUE – Hangman’s Beautiful Daughters
6. HEAVEN FORBID – Whirl
7. DELILAH SANDS – The Brilliant Corners
8. SHIMMER – The Flatmates
9. GRUESOME CASTLE – The Wake
10. ENGINE FAILURE – This Poison!
11. IF I SAID – The Darling Buds
12. TIDALWAVE – The Boy Hairdressers
13. SHE LOOKS RIGHT THROUGH ME – The Waltones
14. ROOM IN YOUR HEART – The Rosehips
15. LOVE RESISTANCE – Apple Boutique
16. TAKE YOUR TIME YEAH! – Laugh
17. SHE’S A NURSE BUT SHE'S ALRIGHT – The Raw Herbs
18. TOY – The Heart Throbs
19. TRANQUIL – The Clouds
20. YOU MAKE MY HEAD EXPLODE – The Groovy Little Numbers
21. MY FAVOURITE WET WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON – The Siddeleys
22. TUG-BOAT LINE – Rumblefish
23. THE WORLD IS - The Hepburns
24. ONE OF THOSE THINGS – Bubblegum Splash
25. BE SMALL AGAIN – The Corn Dollies
26. LEE REMICK – The King Of Luxembourg
27. SON OF A GUN (DEMO) – The LA’s

DISC FIVE:

1. THE HARDEST THING IN THE WORLD – The Stone Roses
2. KEEP THE CIRCLE AROUND – Inspiral Carpets
3. INDIEPOP AIN’T NOISE POLLUTION – The Pooh Sticks
4. SOLACE – The Sea Urchins
5. ONLY (A PRAWN IN WHITBY) – Cud
6. LANDSLIDE – The Popguns
7. ALL ABOARD THE LOVE-MOBILE – One Thousand Violins
8. I’M IN LOVE WITH A GIRL WHO DOESN’T KNOW I EXIST – Another Sunny Day
9. STRAWBERRY WINDOW – East Village
10. CHOIRBOYS GAS (HACK THE CASSOCK) – Bad Dream Fancy Dress
11. CIRCLE LINE – Rodney Allen
12. I’VE GOT A HABIT – The Orchids
13. SKIN STORM – Bradford
14. ARE YOU HAPPY NOW? – The Charlottes
15. PICKING UP THE BITTER LITTLE PIECES – The Claim
16. DREAMABOUT – The Poppyheads
17. ADAM’S SONG (POUR FENELLA) – The Sun And The Moon
18. JESSE MAN RAE – The McTells
19. CECIL BEATON’S SCRAPBOOK – The Would-Be-Goods
20. SPEAK TO ME ROCHELLE – The Desert Wolves
21. DRY THE RAIN – The Rain
22. FOREVER HOLIDAY – Blow Up
23. SUBURBAN LOVE SONGS – The Fanatics
24. ROSES – The Milltown Brothers
25. SUN IS IN THE SKY – The Seers
26. PERFECT NEEDLE – The Telescopes
27. CATWEAZLE – The Boo Radleys