Friday, March 6, 2009

old: c86 mix tape

"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)


McG said...

c86 tracklist
1. Primal Scream- Velocity Girl
2. The Mighty Lemon Drops- Happy Head
3. The Soup Dragons- Pleasantly Surprised
4. The Wolfhounds- Feeling So Strange Again
5. The Bodines - Therese
6. Mighty Mighty- Law
7. Stump- Buffalo
8. Bogshed- Run To The Temple
9. A Witness- Sharpened Sticks
10. The Pastels- Breaking Lines
11. The Age of Chance- From Now On, This Will Be Your God
12. Shop Assistant- It's Up To You
13. Close Lobsters- Firestation Towers
14. Miaow- Sport Most Royal
15. Half Man Half Biscuit- I Hate Nerys Hughes (From the Heart)
16. The Servents- Transparent
17. Mackenzies- Big Jim (There's No Pubs in Heaven)
18. Big Flame- New Way
19. We've Got A Fuzzbox and We're Not Afraid to Use it- Console Me
20. McCarthy- Celestial City
21. The Shrubs- Bullighter's Bones
22. The Wedding Present- This Boy Can Wait

douglas martin said...

brilliant! i've been looking for this everywhere!

McG said...

glad i could help

Anonymous said...

Everybody needs a little Bogshed in their life.

My favorite non-obvious groups on here are The Close Lobsters (all their records are good) and We've Got A Fuzzbox and We're Not Afraid to Use it (first album Boston Steve Austin is brilliant, wonder if Vivian Girls have heard, but you don't need anything else).

Matt said...

wow, YES times a thousand to this post. thanks so much!

Ian said...

Thanks. I've been trying to find this for a while.

Del said...

Amazing amazing amazing. Was stunned when the commercial C86 compilation didn't actually replicate the original. Thanks so much for righting that particular wrong. I'll give you a hefty link from my blog...

Anonymous said...

Thank you so much. My uncle Tris was the drummer in Bogshed, and he died in December. I'm always keen to hear his stuff :)

lindsaymcat said...

cheers! I downloaded this tape ages ago then my computer went loopy and I lost it. thanks so much for letting me get it again! you haven't got the NME 'Mighty Reel' by any chance have you?.....

mapi said...

Link is expired? You think you can send me a good one, I had the tape on a audio cd and when i transfered to my computer the quality wasnt as good.
Love if you can help, thanks!

Matt said...

Can you please post an avaible link? This one is broken. Please, I want it so hard!!! Thanks...

Lucke said...

Hello! In my blog i post the c86 tape w/ download links. Sorry 'cause the blog is written in portuguese, but there's a lot of good stuff there. Please check!



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