It's difficult to emphasise how splintered, how partisan British music was in 1986.
On the one hand, the American sounds of house and hip hop were making major inroads, with countless seminal albums washing up on these shores.
However Britain was still busy spawning an underground youth cult of its own. Across the country, shy, shambling groups were busy matching punk energy to wilting melodies, achieving something special in the process.
Scene overview 'C86' was released via the NME, capturing this moment for posterity. Much debated since, the compilation has nonetheless become a seminal document in its own right.
Now Cherry Red are aiming to fully re-issue 'C86' - alongside a plethora of extras. Some fifty additional tracks have been secured, including a number of songs never before released on CD.
Available this summer, the box set includes an 11,500 word essay by Neil Taylor - the journalist responsible for bringing together the original compilation.
The expanded 'C86' will be released on June 9th.
(via The Guardian)