C88 / more indie-pop from the eighties

Cherry Red follow up their well received eighties indie-pop collections of the last few years (C86 and C87) with C88, a new three-CD set that focuses its gaze on the year 1988.

C86 was an expanded version of an actual NME compilation, whereas C87 was an ‘imaginary’ follow-up. Well C88 is, er, an imaginary follow-up to the imaginary follow-up…

Disc one of this new collection is devoted to artists who haven’t previously graced the series, who – largely – first made an impact in 1988. Artists include well known names like The Stone Roses, Carter USM, Pale Saints and The Mock Turtles alongside cult indie favourites like The Pooh Sticks, The Man From Delmonte and Bridewell Taxis.

Moving through the collection you’ll see many of the bands who appeared on C87 return with later singles or B-sides – these include the likes of Bob, Cud, The Darling Buds, Kitchens Of Distinction, and The Shamen.

There’s loads of very obscure bands on this set and plenty of tracks that have never been on CD before. The sleeve notes are normally very informative and with C88 you get 9,000 words and band-by-band biographies by C86 co-compiler Neil Taylor.

C88 will be released on 30 June 2017.


1. ON TAPE – The Pooh Sticks
2. ELEPHANT STONE (7” Version) – The Stone Roses
3. WHERE DO YOU GO (Flexi Version) – The Popguns
4. (WILL NOBODY SAVE) LOUISE – The Man From Delmonte
5. ARE YOU HAPPY NOW? (Molesworth Version) – The Charlottes
6. THE THINGS YOU WANT – The Snapdragons
7. A SHELTERED LIFE – Carter The Unstoppable Sex Machine
8. ONE SUMMER – Moss Poles
9. LIES – Bridewell Taxis
10. DEFY THE LAW – The Orchids
11. HAPPY LIKE YESTERDAY – The Groovy Little Numbers
12. JULIE CHRISTIE – The Driscolls
13. HIGH – Choo Choo Train
14. CREMATION TOWN – The Poppyheads
16. SO HAPPY TO BE ALIVE – Thrilled Skinny
17. SISTER GOODBYE – The Prayers
18. ANORAK CITY – Another Sunny Day
19. SHE’S GONE – The Train Set
20. BARNOON HILL – Pacific
21. FOREVER HOLIDAY (Ediesta Version) – Blow-Up
22. MARY’S GARDEN – The Mock Turtles
23. THE PENNINE SPITTER – King Of The Slums
24. COLOURS AND SHAPES (Demo) – Pale Saints
25. THE BALLAD OF JET HARRIS – Apple Boutique


1. THE HILL – The House Of Love
2. DYING FOR IT – The Vaselines
3. KIRSTY – Bob
5. PLEASE RAIN FALL – The Sea Urchins
6. SHAME ON YOU – The Darling Buds
7. PRIZE – Kitchens Of Distinction
8. TOO MANY SHADOWS– The Heart Throbs
9. DO IT FOR FUN – The Bachelor Pad
10. THEY FELL FOR WORDS LIKE LOVE – Hangman’s Beautiful Daughters
11. GIVING WAY TO TRAINS – Murrumbidgee Whalers
12. WHAT’S GOING DOWN – The Shamen
13. HEAVEN KNOWS – The Flatmates
14. SPELL IT OUT – The Waltones
15. MRS SUSAN SPENCE – The Wilderness Children
16. YESTERDAY – The Nivens
17. REAL WORLD – Baby Lemonade
18. VILLAGE GREEN – The Clouds
19. FIRE ESCAPE – Rote Kapelle
20. MAD DOGS – Emily
21. THE 18:10 TO YEOVIL JUNCTION – Bubblegum Splash
22. MICHAEL FUREY – Metro Trinity
23. THEME FROM COW – Inspiral Carpets


1. SUN, SEA, SAND – The Revolving Paint Dream
2. SURFAROUND – The Fizzbombs
3. PLASTER SAINT – The Church Grims
4. CRUSH THE FLOWERS (Demo) – The Wake
5. SUNSHINE THUGGERY – The Siddeleys
6. CLEAR – Whirl
7. A MILLION ZILLION MILES – Annie & The Aeroplanes
9. CINCINNATI – Holidaymakers
10. THE CAMERA LOVES ME – Would-Be-Goods
11. ANYWHERE BUT HOME – The Caretaker Race
12. WHO WORKS THE WEATHER – The Great Leap Forward
14. BYTHESEA ROAD – The Haywains
15. THE OLD ROAD OUT OF TOWN (12” Mix) – The Wishing Stones
16. SHAKE – The Corn Dollies
17. LAND OF GOLD – Bluetrain
19. APPLE OF MY EYE – Remember Fun
20. MORNING O’GRADY – Yeah Jazz
21. DON’T BURY ME YET – The Raw Herbs
22. CURRY CRAZY – Bad Dream Fancy Dress
23. ON MY WAY – The Claim
24. GLASTONBURY – Rodney Allen

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The names of most of these bands remind me of what Lennon and McCartney said about psychedelic acts and their satirisation of them on ‘Sgt Pepper’. John said that ‘bands were no longer The Beatles or The Crickets… They were Fred and his Incredible Shrinking Grateful Aeroplanes…’ While only recently Paul said these bands were called things like ‘Soft Joe’s Travelling Medicine Band With Knobs On…’ Steve Marriott also referred to bands like this as ‘all that Chocolate Watch Banana Band bollocks’…

Same goes for these ‘indie’ acts… The Darling Posies Bus Stop Children… Supported by Dandy Orangeade and the Rita Tushinghams….


There’s a issue with the second disc of Artifact, Cherry Red can replace the disc according to Amazon reviews:


Paul English

I am still afraid to buy the 5CD early Creation compilation – Cherry Red won’t confirm whether they will issue a replacement disc or not.


Ooh, I missed something here — what’s wrong with a disc in that early Creation set? I haven’t bought it yet, but keep thinking about it.

Simon F

Good to see Thrilled Skinny (a band from my “neck of the woods”) getting some recognition on here. They really were the epitome of DIY, issuing loads of trashy (and I mean that in the best way possible) 7″ singles and EP’s on their own Hunchback label. Todays 5.1 Blu Ray audio hi-fi snobs would hate them!


I’m a sucker for these. As long as they keep releasing them, I’m sure I’ll keep buying them.

I’m sorta surprised to see Choo Choo Train on here. I had thought that this series was meant to focus on British indie pop acts; but Choo Choo Train was one of several incarnations of Ric Menck and Paul Chastain from the U.S. (Sarah fans will remember their shimmering “Sunflower” released under the name The Springfields, also from 1988) before the two of them settled on Velvet Crush through the 1990s (in that incarnation, their 1994 album _Teenage Symphonies to God_ is absolutely freaking fantastic, and no it’s not a Brian Wilson homage).


A few of these tracks bring back good memories for me : the Man from Delmonte were great, they really should have been bigger than a Manchester cult act .
The 7 inch version of Elephant Stone is a stunning rush of guitar sunshine, I always much preferred it to the 12 inch version which is a bit drawn out for my tastes.

Steady State

The C8X series has been pretty great, even if the hit/miss ratio isn’t that big. I do like the packaging and liner notes — and I always discover something that passed me by back then.

I am getting slight flashbacks to those Beechwood Records “Indie Top 20” CDs that came out at the time with this series, though — minus the dance & synth-pop tracks.

Iain McCarthy

This looks good, however, i have always felt that the 12″ Mix of ‘Elephant Stone’ (with the drum intro) is vastly superior to the 7″ version.


I took it as reflecting the aesthetic of fanzines st the time which were full of pictures like that. Along with girls’ comics characters dancing to records and saying ‘groovy’.

Kevin from Scotland

Odd choice of image for the cover. How many people were playing their Indie 45s on their grandparent’s record players from the 50s – 60s?

Auntie Sabrina

£17.99 from cherry red.co.uk


Thanks ordered.