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Indie Top 20, Vol. 22

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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 22nd volume of the series, released in 1995, includes Julian Cope's "Try Try Try," Dubstar's "Stars," the Wannadies' "Blister in the Sun," Teenage Fanclub's "Sparky's Dream," Garbage's "Subhuman," Mansun's "Take It Easy Chicken," and Ash's "Kung Fu." This volume has an exceptionally low count of memorable songs.