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Indie Top 20, Vol. 15

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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 15th volume, released in 1992, includes Verve's "Man Called Sun," the Breeders' "Do You Love Me Now," Curve's "Fait Accompli," Suede's "My Insatiable One," Kingmaker's "Celebrated Working Man," Moonshake's "Secondhand Clothes," and the Pale Saints' "Throwing Back the Apple." This volume catches shoegaze just as it was beginning to fall out of favor, and at the same time it documents the beginnings of the Britpop phenomenon.

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