C86 is a cassette compilation released by the British music magazine New Musical Express(NME) in 1986, featuring new bands licensed from independent labels of the time. As a phrase, C86 quickly evolved into shorthand for a guitar-based musical genre characterised by "jangly" guitars and fey melodies, although other musical styles were represented on the tape. It became a term of abuse for its associations with tweeness and underachievement, although some now argue that its release represents a pivotal moment for independent music in the UK
The C86 name was a play on the labelling and length of blank compact cassettes that were sold in the 80s - commonly C60, C90 and C120 - combined with 1986.
- Primal Scream - "Velocity Girl"
- The Mighty Lemon Drops - "Happy Head"
- The Soup Dragons - "Pleasantly Surprised"
- The Wolfhounds - "Feeling So Strange Again"
- The Bodines - "Therese"
- Mighty Mighty - "Law"
- Stump - "Buffalo"
- Bogshed - "Run to the Temple"
- A Witness - "Sharpened Sticks"
- The Pastels - "Breaking Lines"
- Age of Chance - "From Now On, This Will Be Your God"..
- The Shop Assistants - "It's Up to You"
- Close Lobsters - "Firestation Towers"
- Miaow - "Sport Most Royal"
- Half Man Half Biscuit - "I Hate Nerys Hughes (From The Heart)"
- The Servants - "Transparent"
- The Mackenzies - "Big Jim (There's no pubs in Heaven)"
- Big Flame - "New Way (Quick Wash And Brush Up With Liberation Theology)"
- Fuzzbox - "Console Me"
- McCarthy - "Celestial City"
- The Shrubs - "Bullfighter's Bones"
- The Wedding Present - "This Boy Can Wait"