The 1990s was an eventful period for British music, giving us much more than Brtipop and The Spice Girls. The transformation of the independent music scene that took place between the end of the '80s and the turn of the new millennium is often oversimplified and heavily edited in accounts of the period.
While the Britpop movement was no doubt a British triumph in terms of championing the perceived alternative until it became the accepted mainstream, it was just one of a plethora of movements and subgenres that were categorised by the tastemakers of the era. Steve Lamacq was one such commentator who witnessed the coining of phrases such as Baggy, Shoegazing, Camden Lurch, Fraggle and New Wave Of New Wave in his time at the NME in the early 1990s.
In this ambitious 4CD boxset, Steve Lamacq sets out to address this forgotten or overlooked vein of rich British creativity. In an attempt to show the other side of the '90s Steve Lamacq set himself parameters that included avoiding tracks that made it into the top 30, and, tracks that had been included on the various and hugely popular series of indie compilations of the mid-'90s.
Familiar names such as The Charlatans, Suede, Ride and Northside join less familiar and unsung players of the time across the four discs. Kenickie, Salad, Bis, Curve and Daisy Chainsaw remind us that there was more to the '90s than Laddism, while bands such as Idlewild and Campag Velocet illustrate examples of what came after the Britpop bubble had burst. See below for the full 71 song tracklisting - many of which remain currently unavailable aside from this new compilation.
Steve Lamacq’s Lost Alternatives is a 4CD box set, packaged with a 36-page book of informative and passionate sleevenotes written by Steve Lamacq
In addition to Lost Alternatives, Omnibus Press will publish a new updated version of Steve Lamacq's acclaimed biography, Going Deaf For A Living. It will contain an extra chapter and previously unseen images.
Steve Lamacq’s Lost Alternatives
1 Ride - 'Chelsea Girl'
2 The Charlatans - 'Indian Rope'
3 Northside - 'Shall We Take A Trip?'
4 Flowered Up - 'It's On'
5 New Fast Automatic Daffodils - 'Big'
6 Slowdive - 'Catch The Breeze'
7 Curve - 'Ten Little Girls'
8 Kitchens Of Distinction - 'Prize'
9 Pale Saints - 'Throwing Back The Apple'
10 Family Cat - 'Place With A Name'
11 Senseless Things - 'Is It Too Late?'
12 Mega City Four - 'Words That Say'
13 Teenage Fan Club - 'Everything Flows'
14 Silverfish - 'Big Bad Baby Pig Squeal'
15 Daisy Chainsaw - 'Love Your Money'
16 Voodoo Queens - 'Supermodel Superficial'
17 Cornershop - 'Waterlogged'
1 S*M*A*S*H - 'Real Surreal'
2 These Animal Men - 'Speed King'
3 Blessed Ethel - 'Rat'
4 Suede - 'The Drowners'
5 The Auteurs - 'Showgirl'
6 Elastica - 'Stutter'
7 Sleeper - 'Alice In Vain'
8 Tiny Monroe - 'VHF 855V'
9 Whiteout - 'Starrclub'
10 China Drum - 'Wuthering Heights'
11 Snuff - 'Caught In Session'
12 60Ft Dolls - 'Happy Shopper (Original Version)'
13 Salad Drink - 'The Elixir'
14 Drugstore - 'Solitary Party Groover'
15 Ash - 'Uncle Pat'
16 Northern Uproar - 'Rollercoaster'
17 Perfume - 'Lover (Original Version)'
18 Mansun - 'Take It Easy Chicken (Original Version)'
19 Bluetones - 'Are You Blue Or Are You Blind?'
1 Bis School - 'Disco'
2 Travis - 'All I Want To Do Is Rock'
3 Catatonia - 'Sweet Catatonia'
4 Marion - 'Violent Men'
5 Audioweb - 'Sleeper'
6 Rialto - 'Monday Morning 5:19'
7 Tiger - 'Race'
8 Strangelove - 'Greatest Show On Earth'
9 Animals That Swim - 'Pink Carnations'
10 Linoleum - 'Dissent'
11 Scarfo - 'Alkaline'
12 Kenickie - 'Come Out 2nite (Skillex EP)'
13 Helen Love - 'Does Your Heart Go Boom'
14 Jocasta - 'Go'
15 Livingstone - 'Good Intentions'
16 Geneva 'No-One Speaks'
17 Whipping Boy - 'When Were Young'
18 Earl Brutus - 'Life’s Too Long (Original Ice Rink Single)'
1 Arab Strap - 'The First Big Weekend'
2 Mogwai - 'New Paths To Helicon Part 1'
3 Idlewild - 'Satan Polaroid'
4 3 Colours Red - 'This Is My Hollywood'
5 The Delgados - 'Pull The Wires From The Wall'
6 The Beta Band - 'Dry The Rain'
7 The Hitchers - 'Strachan'
8 Wubble U - 'Bit Like You'
9 Ten Benson - 'The Claw'
10 Clinic - 'I.P.C. Subeditors Dictate Our Youth'
11 Cay - 'Better Than Myself'
12 Cable - 'Freeze The Atlantic'
13 Seafood - 'This Is Not An Exit'
14 Llama Farmers - 'Paper Eyes'
15 Ultrasound - 'Stay Young'
16 Campag Velocet - 'Drencrom (Velocet Sythemesc)'
17 Morgan - 'Miss Parker (Long Version)'