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This music is what British rock geeks are talking about when they talk about "indie"- the original 1980s boom generation of scrappy, homemade guitar-pop that followed in the wake of punk and post-punk. Judging by the songs he's picked for these two discs, the best I can figure is that Saint Etienne's Bob Stanley has a strange take on what that boom looked like: Either he's blinded by nostalgia, a hardcore stickler for absolute truth, or just more of a collector than a historian or genre partisan.
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Due to licensing issues or oversight, it's missing some of the most important names of indie pop like Felt, the Pastels, the Vaselines, My Bloody Valentine, Orange Juice, and the Smiths. It's an understandable problem, and as Reed claims, it's maybe not a big deal that they're missing since their work is so well-known. Still, it's hard to tell a convincing story when so many of the bands who moved the sound forward, and who were responsible for some of its definitive moments, are nowhere to be found. It is unforgivable that the Field Mice are missing, though. Certainly the story of '80s indie pop is one worth telling, and an effort as wide-reaching and open-armed as this has to be welcomed.
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The Grammy Award for Best Pop Vocal Album is an honor presented at the Grammy Awards, a ceremony that was established in 1958 and originally called the Gramophone Awards, to recording artists for quality pop music albums. Awards in several categories are distributed annually by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences of the United States to "honor artistic achievement, technical proficiency and overall excellence in the recording industry, without regard to album sales or chart position.