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Indie Top 20, Vol. 10

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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 tenth volume of the series, released in 1990, includes Pixies' "Velouria," Teenage Fanclub's "Everything Flows," Renegade Soundwave's "Biting My Nails," Saint Etienne's "Only Love Can Break Your Heart," the Field Mice's "Triangle," and the Terry Farley mix of the Farm's "Groovy Train." Very stylistically balanced, and a good addition to the series.

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