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Moshi Moshi: Pop International Style

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March's 1999 compilation Moshi Moshi: Pop International Style is a follow-up to March's 1996 Pop American Style collection. Where that disc focused on the States, this disc gathers up tracks from groups scattered all across the globe. From the U.S. to Sweden to Spain to France to Japan, indie pop is the dish being served, and it is all high-quality pop candy. Seventeen of the 40 tracks are exclusive to this collection, including songs by Wolfie, the Shermans, One Star, Barcelona, and Cinnamon. The rest of the tracks are by bands both highly regarded on the indie scene (Aden, Club 8, Fonda, Spring, le Mans) and very obscure on any scene (Doggy, Honey Skoolmates, Silent Film). There are no tracks that will make you want to rip the disc from your player and fling it out of the window, but there are lots of tracks that will make you want to fling yourself out of your chair with happiness. Tracks like From Bubblegum to Sky's soaring glam rocker "Hello Hello Hi," the Cherry Orchard's buoyant "Everybody Knows," the Pearlfishers' sun-kissed "We're Gonna Save the Summer," the Leslie's '80s Brit-pop-inspired "Any Day Now," and Speedboat's rollicking "Truckin' Back to You," and those are only from the first half of the first disc! The rest of the set is filled with more moments that will have you smiling and singing along. It is an excellent snapshot of the indie pop scene of the late '90s and is an essential purchase for an indie pop fan. You will find yourself tracking down albums by a majority of the artists present. That is the sure-fire sign of a successful compilation.

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