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Indie Top 20, Vol. 18

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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 18th volume, released in 1993, includes Blur's "Chemical World," Elastica's "Stutter," Swervedriver's "Duel," Verve's "Slide Away," the Boo Radleys' "Wish I Was Skinny," the Family Cat's "Airplane Gardens," Kingmaker's "Queen Jane," and Salad's "Kent."

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