Whatever Happened to the C86 Kids?: An Indie Odyssey (Hardback)
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Whatever Happened to the C86 Kids?: An Indie Odyssey (Hardback)

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Published: 18/08/2022
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From Close Lobsters to The Mighty Lemon Drops, Tassell tracks down the erstwhile indie acts who featured on NME's iconic 1986 tape in a richly entertaining and sometimes moving story of what happens when the music industry moves on.

In 1986, the NME released a cassette that would shape music for years to come. A collection of twenty-two independently signed guitar-based bands, C86 was the sound and ethos that defined a generation. It was also arguably the point at which 'indie' was born. But what happened next to all those musical dreamers?

Some of the bands, like Primal Scream, went on to achieve global stardom; others, such as Half Man Half Biscuit and the Wedding Present, cultivated lifelong fanbases that still sustain their careers thirty-five years later. Then there were the rest, who ultimately imploded in a riot of paisley shirts, bad drugs and general indifference from the record-buying public.

Now, for the first time, music journalist Nige Tassell tracks down the class of C86 and recounts their stories, both tragic and uplifting. Yet, while the pursuit of long-lost musicians can often manifest as earnest hagiography, Tassell's unique, light-hearted approach makes this a very human story of ambition, hope, varying degrees of talent and what happens after you give up on pop - or, more precisely, after pop gives up on you. It's a world populated by bike-shop owners, architecture professors, dance-music producers, record-store proprietors, birdwatchers, solicitors, caricaturists and even a possible Olympic sailor - and let's not forget the musician-turned-actor gainfully employed as Jeremy Irons' body double...

More than simply the tale of the tape, Whatever Happened to the C86 Kids? is an exploration of C86's wide-reaching and often surprising legacy.

Publisher: Bonnier Books Ltd
ISBN: 9781788705585
Number of pages: 416
Weight: 648 g
Dimensions: 240 x 162 x 37 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

'You will love this book.' - Richard Osman

'Twenty-two tales of youthful anger, innocence and indolence, filtered through almost forty years of regret, melancholy and, occasionally, dogged resistance. Nige Tassell succinctly and sweetly conjures up an era when groups could form in Glossop, Hebden Bridge or Whitstable and - for a few months, at least - become national heroes via the patronage of John Peel and the weekly music press. He spins gold from their grab-bag of agendas, musical politics and effects pedals and creates something that is frequently more impressive, entertaining and enjoyable than the music itself.' - Bob Stanley

'This is a funny, sad, gorgeous and beautifully researched book about the most influential loser tribe in the history of British music.' - David Quantick

'A valuable slice of pop history.' - Mark Ellen

'Nige's writing is to be treasured - a warm, welcoming and wonderful book.' - Jude Rogers

'Who, of a certain vintage and a certain propensity for hoarding things in lofts, including cassette-tape compilations sold via a weekly music publication, wouldn't want THIS BOOK?' - Andrew Collins

'Incredibly beautiful.' - John Niven

'Excellent.' - Gideon Coe

'About music, but also about youthful dreams and mature reality. A lovely read.' - Danny Kelly

'Absolutely fantastic.' - Sian Pattenden, Culture Bunker

'Often funny, sometimes poignant ... [a] candid, evocative snapshot of a scene that is fondly but scarcely celebrated. 4/5' - Classic Pop

'A valuable preservation of faded networks and forgotten ways to belong.' - The Wire

'Cheery. 8/10' - Uncut

'Rather brilliant ... in the stories of many of these C86 kids are reminders of the power of optimism. If we can, we should guard against losing our belief in possibility.' - The Scotsman

'A book about music, yes, but it's more about the evolution of dreams.' - Virgin Radio

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“Indie year zero”

In 1986 I was 12 and not aware of the NME, the C86 compilation tape or Indie in general because I had terrible taste in music. However when I did get into the scene 3 years later via New Order and the Stone Roses it... More

Hardback edition
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“Those shambling, jangling days...”

Simple idea, NIge Tassell tracks down the musicians who appeared on the 22 tracks on the famous NME C86 cassette. A few of the acts have made a career out of it- Primal Scream, Half Man Half Biscuit, The Wedding... More

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“Calling all Kids of the 80s”

That's me, that is, a C86 Kid. Being a teenager in the eighties meant that I saw all the great indie bands of the era. It started with NME's classic C86 compilation, and escalated almost to a level of a... More

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