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Indie Top 20, Vol. 12

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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 12th volume of the series, released in 1991, includes Curve's "Ten Little Girls," the KLF's "Last Train to Trancentral," Saint Etienne's "Nothing Can Stop Us," Throwing Muses' "Counting Backwards," Catherine Wheel's "She's My Friend," Moose's "Jack," Spacemen 3's "Big City," and Levitation's "Nadine." Another strong, well-rounded set.

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