"Been Playing With A Spike"
With an endless string of fuzzy loft pop bands currently making waves, the term c86 seems to be appearing all over the Intraweb. Often cited as a reference point for such fine young acts, I really had no idea what c86 was, or what it referred to. A mythical Russian spy program? A new strain of DNA? Of course, half a mili-second on Google taught me that c86 was a mixtape compiled by Britain's finest purveyors of rock gossip and overindulgent hype, the (in)famous New Music Express (NME). Anyway, in 1986 the NME issued this mix tape along with a copy of their magazine and, more or less, introduced the world to reverb soaked, fuzz pop with a punk ethos. Primal Scream, The Bodines, The Wedding Present, We've Got a Fuzz Box and We're Not Afraid to Use It and a slew of other bands that the members of The Pains of Being Pure at Heart probably really, really like. For anyone wondering what's up with all this c86 talk, below is the answer to your curiosity; a digital copy of the tape in question.
Download c86 mix tape (tracklist in comments)