Reckon for a lot of us compilation CDs were a gateway into much of the music we listen to now. One of my earliest memories from a car journey is my Dad sticking an indie one on - my parents would only play the songs they liked so when you heard another song which didn’t regularly come up, it was like a bit of a mystery. Still remember For Tomorrow by Blur being on it because I liked the line about trying not to be sick again as I hated being sick and Laid by James cause of the way he sang skewers.
The Kerrang CDs were great. Couldn’t pick a favourite but it was either HIgh Voltage
Their free CDS were brilliant too and had some real oddities on sometimes (that Biffy Clyro - Buddy Holly cover)
This one blew my tiny mind though
This Metal Hammer CD was always on play
and of course the Rock Sound monthly CDs always had some extra great stuff on
The Smash Hits 1990 LP for me when I was 11. Really I just wanted the Teenage Mutant Hero Turtles single, Turtle Power, but my local supermarket didn’t have it. But that track was on this compilation, which also featured Doin’ the Doo by Betty Boo which I loved (and still love) so the hefty £9 price tag still felt worth it (pretty sure my parents helped me out with the cost as I doubt my pocket money would have stretched to that). And after rinsing the mainstream pop of sides 1 and 2, delving into sides 3 and 4 was a nice gateway to stuff I would go on to like a little later, like Depeche Mode and The Soup Dragons.
100% with you on the Patron Saints of Teenage. I discovered so much from that and moving on to discover futher projects by the artists on the album. I think it had to be purchased via the NME, was that right?
There was also a fantastic radio show about Creation around late 1993 based around the 10 year anniversary on Radio 1.
I had this one too, along with The Greatest Hits of 1990. It was a great way to hoover up all the songs you’d loved over the year but couldn’t afford to buy. I seem to remember the tracks I wanted most on that one were Step On, I’m Free, Strawberry Fields Forever and It’s a Shame.
(And just realised that all four of those songs were cover versions, which sums up 1990 perfectly!)
Bought as a fresh faced wannabe indie kid around the age of 12 because it had Oasis on it and a few other bands like Blur, Lightning Seeds and Pulp. As far as I know it was my first ever introduction to the Stone Roses, Happy Mondays, Primal Scream, Smiths and a few others which were only half a generation previous but weren’t as easy to come across in the pre-internet era.
I really liked Hope Street by the Levellers, The Wannadies - Might Be Stars, Gene - Olympian off this.