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POST/POP X Cherry Red Records re-release NME C86! one of the most important indie albums ever.

This album needs no introduction, but I will try anyway. NME’s C86 (1986) tape was an album that you had to send away for via mail order in an advert somewhere in the pages of NME. You know, like Sea Monkeys and X-Ray Specs. Instead of getting the greatest powder-based life form/friend ever, you got a little cassette tape that launched a barrel of bands that defined a genre for the next 30 years. Look at this tracklisting!

Side one

Primal Scream – “Velocity Girl”
The Mighty Lemon Drops – “Happy Head”
The Soup Dragons – “Pleasantly Surprised”
The Wolfhounds – “Feeling So Strange Again”
The Bodines – “Therese”
Mighty Mighty – “Law”
Stump – “Buffalo”
Bogshed – “Run to the Temple”
A Witness – “Sharpened Sticks”
The Pastels – “Breaking Lines”
Age of Chance – “From Now On, This Will Be Your God”

Side two

The Shop Assistants – “It’s Up to You”
Close Lobsters – “Firestation Towers”
Miaow – “Sport Most Royal”
Half Man Half Biscuit – “I Hate Nerys Hughes (From The Heart)”
The Servants – “Transparent”
The Mackenzies – “Big Jim (There’s no pubs in Heaven)”
Big Flame – “New Way (Quick Wash And Brush Up With Liberation Theology)”
Fuzzbox – “Console Me”
McCarthy – “Celestial City”
The Shrubs – “Bullfighter’s Bones”
The Wedding Present – “This Boy Can Wait”

Yeah, I know. Incred! So the good people at Rough Trade, saw how popular it was becoming and released it properly in 1987 and the rest is history. An instant classic, which means alot of people loved it, but of course there were haters. Now I’m going to cut and paste some stuff from Wikipedia so you can see what I mean…

Ex-NME staffer Andrew Collins summed up C86 by dubbing it “the most indie thing to have ever existed”. Bob Stanley, a Melody Maker journalist in the late 1980s and founding member of pop band Saint Etienne, similarly said in a 2006 interview that C86 represented the:

“beginning of indie music . . . It’s hard to remember how underground guitar music and fanzines were in the mid-’80s; DIY ethics and any residual punk attitudes were in isolated pockets around the country and the C86 comp and gigs brought them together in an explosion of new groups.”

Martin Whitehead, who ran the Subway label in the late 1980s, develops on this line of thinking to suggest that C86 had a political influence: “Before C86, women could only be eye-candy in a band; I think C86 changed that – there were women promoting gigs, writing fanzines and running labels.”

Some are more ambivalent about the tape’s influence. Everett True, a writer for NME in 1986 under the name “The Legend!”, called it “unrepresentative of its times . . . and even unrepresentative of the small narrow strata of music it thought it was representing.” Alastair Fitchett, editor of the music site Tangents (and a fan of many of the bands on the tape), takes a polemical line: “(The NME) laid the foundations for the desolate wastelands of what we came to know by that vile term ‘Indie’. What more reason do you need to hate it?”

Now, I haven’t read NME since my boy Conor left, so I don’t know how many sub-genres they’ve made-up and painfully tried to shoehorn into their pages recently, but this was one of my faves. (That reminds me, at some point I’m going to write a little story about how Melody Maker paid some friends of mine to fake being a band so they could justify a genre they just invented – including multiple photoshoots, interviews and fake song names – I shit you not)

C86 has influenced countless thousands of bands across the world and that leads me to Cherry Red Records, who are one of the best record label I know of, re-releasing C86 on CD. Not only that, its a 3 CD spectacular with 2 extra CDs of bands and songs inspired by the original album. Read all about it (and I think you can preorder it) here: http://www.cherryred.co.uk/shopexd.asp?id=4616

Cherry Red asked me if I could re-issue the original tape for them and I said “YES I LOVE YOU CHERRY RED” which is a happy coincidence. Here’s the catch, and its a big one… You won’t be able to buy the C86 re-issue on tape, as they are only being used for promo purposes. If you are a music hack, you might get one in the post from Cherry Red (email them and ask!) but I am gonna make a few extra to give to some Tapeheads (who will chop my hands off for this!), one to the British Library, and every now and then, throw one in with an order of 4 tapes or more (while stocks last, and obvs they wont).

This is the most limited tape I will probably ever do, so apologies in advance if you don’t get one, but please please please buy the CD boxset from Cherry Red because they truly are KINGS.

I know this is a bit of a tease, but POST/POP completists will want to know this exists 🙂 Sticking the POST/POP logo on this record felt like I was drawing a beard on the Mona Lisa, but everyone loves beards.

Read more about the album and watch videos from all the bands: http://nmecassettes.wordpress.com/nme-022-c86-1986/

You can listen to the whole thing on youtube too:

UPDATE: Here are the tapes!!



p.s. I adore the NME Cassettes. I want to reissue ALL of them.

New album from NO CARS released on POST/POP and its called…

(limited edition of 50 purple cassette tapes)


Yes, thats what its called and I love them for it. You see, No Cars aren’t the type of band to shy away from japanese stereotypes. They are the type of band to take those very same Japanese Stereotypes and shove it down your kaiju-loving face.

So in this sophmore effort, No Cars have taken the general concept of the first record (YOKO EATS WHALES) – which is of course, Japanese girls being crazy, smashing things up, searching for Bowie, and how people are bitches if they don’t make you tea – and amplify it, creating a super-heightened version of reality where No Cars hang out with terribly abused sentient puppets (james anderson puppet), watch people having sex on hay bales (do re mi farming), celebrate how great cress is, finally! (cress) and also about how english guys are obsessed with japanese girls (jap trap). Are we? Probably. They always have such cool kicks.


For this release though, they now have a guy in the band called “Candy Tanaka” aka Will Kwerk, who brilliantly voices the pain of the aforementioned puppet (james anderson puppet) as the girls kick him down the street, for no real reason at all besides he is alive.

No Cars feel like that kind of band you would make up to impress some identikit hipster girl, before realising that as you are saying it out loud, you wish the band existed and the girl didn’t…. but they exist!


I am so pleased that they reworked “Tuna” on this album. It’s been a live favourite since day one and didnt make it on the debut album, but here is the video to it from the original version:

The new version on the album is twice the speed and twice the frolics, but you really have to seem them live to get the full effect.

Listen to the new songs below:

I’ve been obsessed with this band for years and lead singer Haruna needs to be held aloft as a fucking pioneer of trying to make people happy with music. The band is an inspiration to all other bands out there and if you are reading this and you are in a band yourself, listen to this album and convince your bandmates that you want to go in a Japanese direction. If they throw you out, start a No Cars cover band called “Really No Cars” or “Yes Cars“.

They are having an album launch party/gig at PAPER DRESS in london (http://paperdressvintage.co.uk/) on May 7th 2014 and not only will I be there, but HETTIE is supporting! She will be debuting tons of new songs so it really will be a great night. Did I mention it was FREE? You can buy the CDs and tapes from the band at the gig or…








POST/POP to release new MENSWE@R single “CRASH” on May 26th – PREORDER NOW!

PREORDER NOW – http://postpoprecords.bandcamp.com/album/crash


You know that situation? That situation when you are idly walking along the dusty rails of a long-forgotten Ghost Train ride, and you find a hastily ripped up love-letter that has the faint odour of Christmas Crackers, and as you read the tale of unrequited love between a girl and the concept of Love itself, you decide that from this moment, you will make it your life mission to find this girl and show her via MS Paint that she was right all along, that LOVE really does exist… and that’s when you realise; it’s you. You are the girl. You wrote this letter on a train to Hastings, to distract yourself from the job you hate and the friends that nod and the gentleman sitting next to you who is filling Sudoku squares with co-ordinates to who-knows-where, and now you are here. In the Ghost Train. Alone, but laughing in a Ghost Train. But you are happy and you know you can never leave the ghost train now, but why would you want to because all of your friends have just shown up and they are calling your name, and the guy from the train to Hastings is also here and then at last, the personification of the concept of LOVE turns up and it knows your name and when you go to give it a hug, it smells like Summer AND Cherry Coke. You know that situation? I do. That’s how I feel about releasing “CRASH” the brand new single from Menswe@r and their first for 18 years.


I will be writing a lot more about it in the next couple of months, but just wanted to give you all a heads up of that fact it is happening! The new single is released on multiple formats on May 26th and you will be able to pre-order the Ltd Edition vinyl and cassette tape on POST/POP (and Rough Trade) very very soon.


On March 26th I went to their sold out gig at The Bush Hall in London and was met with lots of posters with the POST/POP logo on (I like this. I want this to happen more often) and here it is…



There’s going to be lots of noise on the Menswe@r “comeback” and that’s fair enough. I am incredibly happy that they are releasing new music, and the new material previewed at Bush Hall is possibly the best stuff Mr Johnny Dean has ever written in my opinion. I won’t bore everyone with BRITPOP 101 save to say that Menswe@r are one of the first bands you think about when you hear that word. If you need to know anything else then use these links!





I have a feeling I’m going to be writing about Menswe@r a lot, so know that you’ll see a music video and some more gigs announced soon.



So that date again, MAY 26TH – THE NEW SINGLE “CRASH” FROM MENSWEAR. PREORDER NOW: http://postpoprecords.bandcamp.com/album/crash