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Indie Top 20, Vol. 1

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Each volume in Beechwood's Melody Maker-sponsored Indie Top 20 series acts as a fairly adequate time capsule of U.K. indie music. Initiated in 1987 and put to rest in 1996, the 23 volumes act as a more-discerning English equivalent of the monthly Certain Damage samplers that came with CMJ (College Music Journal) in the U.S. And since the U.K. definition of "indie" has a wider scope, this series has much more stylistic variety. The first volume includes Pop Will Eat Itself's "Oh Grebo I Think I Love You," the Peel Session version of the Wedding Present's "You Should Always Keep in Touch With Your Friends," the Flatmates' "I Could Be in Heaven," Tallulah Gosh's "Beatnik Boy," and Half Man Half Biscuit's "Dickie Davies Eyes." Most of the selections weren't exactly built to last, but the disc as a whole does represent a part of 1987 rather accurately (for better or for worse).