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If the NME was a major influence in your youth and was still an inky broadsheet of a music paper (unlike the glossy comic it seems to be these days) then the words “compiled by Roy Carr” should be familiar to you.  He worked for the NME and compiled many a free cover mounted compilation tape such as the seminal and classic scene defining C86 and also the Sgt Pepper Knew My Father album.

This month’s Mojo magazine has a great cover mounted free CD, Mojo presents…Beloved, that harks back to those days although it isn’t compiled by Roy Carr.  It contains a fine selection of classic 80s indie.  Listening to it in the car on the way home brought back memories of old Peel shows such as Up The Hill and Down the Slope by The Loft – a great bit of jangly guitar with one of those cheesegrater guitar solos that I haven’t heard in

Other highlights include Wah Heat’s 7 Minutes to Midnight –  Pete Wylie was one of the best vocalists of the 80s indie world; a version of Reward by Julian Cope’s Teardrop Explodes that I’d forgotten about.  The session was recorded for the BBC in 1980 for the Mike Read show of all things.  This version doesn’t have the insistent horns and is refreshing for that.  Available on the BBC Peel Sessions Plus album.
The CD is rounded off with God Gave Us Life from Half Man, Half Biscuit.  I ended up stopping off at HMV part way home  to pick up Back in the DHSS as I’ve no longer any means of playing my old tape copy.

Whilst researching links for this post I found this article on The Devil has the Best Tuna blog which also has some handy links to full MP3s.  But of course you should go get yourself a copy of this issue for your own CD and then go buy some albums.

On sale now whilst stocks last!


Written by ukenaut

February 28, 2008 at 11:19 pm

Posted in Art and culture, Music

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  1. i love roy carr, he was my hero. making compilations would be the best job in the world!

    i’ve tried reall yahrd to find more info about him


    September 1, 2008 at 3:32 pm

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