Box Sets, Tracklist — April 24, 2013 at 8:00 am

‘Scared To Get Happy: A Story of Indie-Pop 1980-1989’ final tracklist: 5 CDs, 134 songs

Back in February, Cherry Red Records unveiled the tracklist for its massive, 5-disc box set Scared To Get Happy: A Story of Indie-Pop 1980-1989 via the project’s Facebook page — and then almost immediately began adding more tracks to the 127-song collection.

Now, Cherry Red swears it’s done tinkering with the lineup, and has released what it promises is the final 134-song tracklist for the collection, which the U.K. label has said is inspired by Lenny Kaye’s classic Nuggets garage-rock compilation and is “devoted to the 1980s indie guitar-pop revolution which swept across the British Isles.”

Due out June 24 in the U.K., the box set has grown in size, but also lost a few songs, including The Pastels’ “I Wonder Why” and The Vaselines’ “Jesus Don’t Want Me For A Sunbeam,” at the artists’ request.  The release will coincide with a concert planned for London on June 22 that will feature The Primitives, BMX Bandits, The Pooh Sticks, Mighty Mighty and other acts included in the box set.

The collection is expected to feature a 72-page booklet and retail for around £50, or about $80.

Check out the full tracklist below, which features contributions from The House of Love, The Jesus and Mary Chain, Prefab Sprout, Josef K, Pulp, Primal Scream, The Mighty Lemon Drops, The Stone Roses, Lloyd Cole and the Commotions, Soup Dragons and many, many more.

UPDATE 4/27/13: The Scared To Get Happy box set is now available on for pre-order — and it’s a pretty great deal at the moment, a total of £30.03 (about $46.49 for a 5-disc box set) to have it shipped to the U.S.


Tracklist: Scared To Get Happy: A Story of Indie-Pop 1980-1989

CD 1
1. The Wild Swans, “Revolutionary Spirit” (Zoo, 1982)
2. Girls At Our Best!, “Getting Nowhere Fast” (Record, 1980)
3. Art Objects, “Showing Off To Impress the Girls” (Heartbeat, 1980)
4. The Pale Fountains, “(There’s Always) Something On My Mind” (Les Disques du Crépuscule, 1982)
5. Josef K, “The Missionary” (Les Disques du Crépuscule, 1982)
6. The Monochrome Set, “Jet Set Junta” (Cherry Red, 1982)
7. The Blue Orchids, “Dumb Magician” (Rough Trade, 1982)
8. The Marine Girls, “Don’t Come Back” (Cherry Red, 1983)
9. Fire Engines, “Candyskin” (Pop:Aural, 1981)
10. TV21, “Ambition” (Powbeat, 1980)
11. Dolly Mixture, “Everything and More” (Respond, 1982)
12. The Nightingales, “Paraffin Brain” (Cherry Red, 1982)
13. Scars, “All About You” (Pre, 1981)
14. Jane, “It’s A Fine Day” (Cherry Red, 1983)
15. The Farmer’s Boys, “I Think I Need Help” (Waap, 1982)
16. The Room, “Things Have Learnt To Walk That Ought To Crawl” (Red Flame, 1982)
17. Weekend, “Summerdays” (Rough Trade, 1982)
18. Prefab Sprout, “Lions In My Own Garden (Exit Someone)” (Candle, 1982; reissued Kitchenware, 1984)
19. The Lines, “Nerve Pylon” (Red, 1980)
20. Everything But The Girl, “Feeling Dizzy” (Cherry Red, 1982)
21. The Higsons, “The Lost And The Lonely” (Waap, 1981)
22. Black, “Human Features” (Rox, 1981)
23. The Daintees, “Roll On Summertime” (Kitchenware, 1983)
24. The Bluebells, “Happy Birthday” (Lyntone, 1982)
25. Trixie’s Big Red Motorbike, “Norman And Narcissus” (Lobby Ludd, 1983)
26. TV Personalities, “A Picture of Lorian Gray” (Live) (Creation Artifact, 1982)

CD 2
1. Hurrah!, “The Sun Shines Here” (Kitchenware, 1982)
2. Fantastic Something, “If She Doesn’t Smile (It’ll Rain)” (Cherry Red, 1983)
3. Pulp, “Everybody’s Problem” (Red Rhino, 1983)
4. Strawberry Switchblade, “Dark 7” (Unreleased)
5. The Suede Crocodiles, “Stop The Rain” (No Strings, 1983)
6. Grab Grab The Haddock, “I’m Used Now” (Cherry Red, 1984)
7. Del Amitri, “Sense Sickness” (No Strings, 1983)
8. Friends Again, “Honey At The Core” (Moonboot, 1983)
9. Aztec Camera, “Oblivious” (Rough Trade, 1983)
10. Lloyd Cole & The Commotions, “Are You Ready To Be Heartbroken” (Indie Version) (LC, 1983)
11. The Cherry Boys, “Kardomah Cafe” (Crash, 1983)
12. In Embrace, “This Brilliant Evening” (Cherry Red, 1985)
13. Microdisney, “Dolly” Food (Rough Trade, 1984)
14. The Woodentops, “Plenty” (Food, 1984)
15. The Jazz Butcher, “Southern Mark Smith” (Glass, 1983)
16. The Jasmine Minks, “Where The Traffic Goes” (Creation, 1984)
17. The Hit Parade, “Forever” (JSH, 1984)
18. The June Brides, “Every Conversation” (Pink, 1984)
19. The Revolving Paint Dream, “In The Afternoon” (Creation, 1984)
20. James, “Hymn From A Village” (Factory, 1985)
21. The Jesus and Mary Chain, “Just Like Honey” (Demo Oct ‘84) (Blanco Y Negro, 1985)
22. Biff Bang Pow!, “The Chocolate Elephant Man” (Creation, 1985)
23. Yeah Yeah Noh, “Temple Of Convenience” (In Tape, 1985)
24. The Bodines, “God Bless” (Creation, 1985)
25. Big Flame, “Debra” (Ron Johnson, 1985)
26. The Loft, “Up The Hill And Down The Slope” (Creation, 1985)

CD 3
1. Primal Scream, “Velocity Girl” (Creation, 1985)
2. The Wedding Present, “Go Out and Get ‘Em, Boy!” (Reception/City Slang, 1985)
3. The Primitives, “Thru The Flowers” (Lazy, 1986)
4. The BMX Bandits, “Sad” (53rd & 3rd, 1986)
5. The Shop Assistants, “Day Long” (Subway Organisation, 1985)
6. The Mighty Lemon Drops, “Something Happens” (Dreamworld, 1985)
7. We’ve Got a Fuzz Box and We’re Gonna Use It, “XX Sex” (Demo) (Vindaloo, unreleased, 1986)
8. Mighty Mighty, “Is There Anyone Out There?” (Girlie, 1986)
9. The Soup Dragons, “Quite Content” (Subway Organisation, unreleased, 1986)
10. McCarthy, “Red Sleeping Beauty” (Pink, 1986)
11. Age of Chance, “Motorcity” (Riot Bible, 1985)
12. The Chesterfields, “Completely And Utterly” (Subway Organisation, 1986)
13. The Wolfhounds, “Cut The Cake” (Pink, 1986)
14. The Servants, “Loggerheads” (Head, not originally released, 1986)
15. The Close Lobsters, “Don’t Worry” (Demo) (Unreleased, 1986)
16. Pop Will Eat Itself, “Sick Little Girl” (Desperate, 1986)
17. Razorcuts, “Big Pink Cake” (Subway Organisation, 1986)
18. That Petrol Emotion, “It’s A Good Thing” (Demon, 1986)
19. The Weather Prophets, “Almost Prayed” (Creation, 1986)
20. Jamie Wednesday, “Vote For Love” (Pink, 1986)
21. Talulah Gosh, “Beatnik Boy” (53rd & 3rd, 1986)
22. The Dentists, “She Dazzled Me With Basil” (Tambourine, 1986)
23. The Railway Children, “A Gentle Sound” (Factory, 1986)
24. The Groove Farm, “Baby Blue Marine” (Alternative Version) (Raving Pop Blast, unreleased, 1987)
25. Jesse Garon & The Desperadoes, “The Rain Fell Down” (Narodnik, 1986)
26. Rosemary’s Children, “(Whatever Happened To) Alice?” (el, 1986)
27. 14 Iced Bears, “Balloon Song” (Frank, 1987)
28. The Wonder Stuff, “A Wonderful Day” (Far Out, 1986)

CD 4
1. The House Of Love, “Shine On” (Creation, 1987)
2. The Shamen, “Something About You” (Moksha, 1987)
3. The Bachelor Pad, “The Albums Of Jack” (Warholasound, 1987)
4. Gol Gappas, “Albert Parker” (el, 1986)
5. Hangman’s Beautiful Daughters, “Love Is Blue” (Dreamworld, 1987)
6. Whirl, “Heaven Forbid” (Playroom Discs, 1987)
7. The Brilliant Corners, “Delilah Sands,” (SS20, 1987)
8. The Flatmates, “Shimmer” (Subway Organisation, 1988)
9. The Wake, “Gruesome Castle” (Factory, 1988)
10. This Poison!, “Engine Failure” (Reception, 1987)
11. The Darling Buds, “If I Said” (Darling Buds, 1987)
12. The Boy Hairdressers, “Tidalwave” (53rd & 3rd, 1987)
13. The Waltones, “She Looks Right Through Me” (Medium Cool, 1987)
14. The Rosehips, “Room In Your Heart” (Subway Organisation, 1987)
15. Apple Boutique, “Love Resistance” (Creation, 1987)
16. Laugh, “Take Your Time Yeah!” (Remorse, 1987)
17. The Raw Herbs, “She’s A Nurse But She’s Alright” (Medium Cool, 1987)
18. The Heart Throbs, “Toy” (In Tape, 1987)
19. The Clouds, “Tranquill” (Subway Organisation, 1987)
20. The Groovy Little Numbers, “You Make My Head Explode” (53rd & 3rd, 1987)
21. The Siddeleys, “My Favourite Wet Wednesday Afternoon” (Medium Cool, 1987)
22. Rumblefish, “Tug-Boat Line” (Pink, 1987)
23. The Hepburns, “The World Is” (Cherry Red, 1987)
24. Bubblegum Splash, “One Of Those Things” (Subway Organisation, 1987)
25. The Corn Dollies, “Be Small Again” (Medium Cool, 1987)
26. The King of Luxembourg, “Lee Remick” (el, 1987)
27. The La’s, “Son Of A Gun” (Demo) (Unreleased, 1987)

CD 5
1. The Stone Roses, “The Hardest Thing In The World” (Silvertone, 1988)
2. The Inspiral Carpets, “Keep The Circle Around” (Playtime, 1988)
3. The Pooh Sticks, “Indiepop Ain’t Noise Pollution” (Fierce, 1988)
4. The Sea Urchins, “Solace” (Sarah, 1988)
5. Cud, “Only (A Prawn In Whitby)” (Imaginary, 1989)
6. The Popguns, “Landslide” (Medium Cool, 1989)
7. One Thousand Violins, “All Aboard The Love-Mobile” (Immaculate, 1988)
8. Another Sunny Day, “I’m In Love With A Girl Who Doesn’t Know I Exist” (Sarah, 1988)
9. East Village, “Strawberry Window” (Sub Aqua, 1988)
10. Bad Dream Fancy Dress, “Choirboys Gas (Hack The Cassock” (el, 1988)
11. Rodney Allen, “Circle Line” (Subway Organisation, 1988)
12. The Orchids, “I’ve Got A Habit” (Sarah, 1988)
13. Bradford, “Skin Storm” (Village, 1988)
14. The Charlottes, “Are You Happy Now” (Subway, 1989)
15. The Claim, “Picking Up The Bitter Little Pieces” (Esurient Communications, 1989)
16. The Poppyheads, “Dreamabout” (Sarah, 1988)
17. The Sun and the Moon, “Adam’s Song (Pour Fenella)” (Midnight Music, 1988)
18. The McTells, “Jesse Man Rae” (Frank, 1988)
19. The Would-Be Goods, “Cecil Beaton’s Scrapbook” (el, 1988)
20. The Desert Wolves, “Speak to Me, Rochelle” (Ugly Man, 1988)
21. The Rain, “Dry The Rain” (Medium Cool, 1988)
22. Blow Up, “Forever Holiday” (Cherry Red, 1989)
23. The Fanatics, “Suburban Love Songs” (Chapter 22, 1989)
24. The Miltown Brothers, “Roses” (Big Round, 1989)
25. The Seers, “Sun Is In The Sky” (Hedd, 1989)
26. The Telescopes, “Perfect Needle” (What Goes On, 1989)
27. The Boo Radleys, “Catweazle” (Action, 1989)






  1. Dolly Mixture is listed twice on the first disc. I’m crazy excited about this box.

  2. I’ve been transported back in time 30 years and am tuning in to John Peel… Don’t think anyone would claim this is the definitive history of indie pop, but you know that’s a pretty good selection.

  3. For once, a pretty impressive tracklist for a box set compilation! I assume these will all be remastered, nice!

  4. It’s a great box and intro to the “genre”/sound. But if you have followed or like Cherry Red, this is like putting together their anniversary collection with the rarities collection and their indie vigils comp.

  5. Once more, I just “bumped into your – EXCELLENT – website looking for some comment about the boxed set by The Clash.
    Then I looked for The Jesus And Mary Chain and found this.

    By the way, I wonder if I will ever see The Wolfhounds discography properly issued on CD.

  6. only Microdisney, The Would Be Goods and That Petrol Emotion made it from the Emerald Isle eh?! Sultans of Ping FC, Fatima Mansions, Divine Comedy..Here is a link I found that includes some info on other forgotten 80’s acts (though 2 are on this compilation!)

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