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I'm looking for some classic indie anthems for my brother, he djs at an alternative music Uni night but he's been asked to change his playlist to play more conventional classic indie/britpop.

He's asked me to come up with some tracks that will go down well but I can only really think of the obvious - Blur, Oasis, Pulp. What always goes down well at an indie night? He's okay for stuff from the last 2-3 years.

Recommend away.

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"Lava" by Silver Sun, "King of the Kerb" by Echobelly, "Something 4 the Weekend" by SFA, "Are you Blue or are you Blind?" by t'Bluetones, "Jesus Christ" by t'Longpigs, something by the fucking Fun Lovin' Criminals probably. The Wannadies. Actually, I'm probably just announcing the main stage lineup for a random music festival from 1996, here, or something.

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The Wonder Stuff - Size Of A Cow

Janes Addiction - Been Caught Stealing

Pop Will Eat Itself - Can U dig it

Faith No More - Epic

Nirvana - Smells Like Teen Spirit

Rage against the machine - Killing in the name

Cast - Alright

Shed Seven - Dolphin

Jesus Jones - International Bright Young Thing

Jesus Jones - Real Real Real

Blur - Parklife

Carter The Unstoppable Sex Machine - Bloodsport For All

Inspiral Carpets - Joe

Happy Mondays - Step On

Soup Dragons - I'm Free

Stone Roses - pretty much anything :o

Some shit from Oasis. Probably roll with it.

The Prodigy - Everybody In THe Place

well.. there a few from me.

probably missed some obvious ones..

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My last CD mix club was majorly Britpop/Indie/alternative. So here's a cut and paste of some of the tracks. I've included some non-British (or totally Indie) stuff because it's still really good and in the same broad category. If anyone your bro DJs for was around at the time I'm sure they'll go mental for some of these:

Stone Roses – Fool’s Gold – 92 May

Utah Saints – Something Good – 92 Jun

Shamen – Ebeneezer Good – 92 Dec

RATM – Killing In The Name Of

Cranberries – Linger – 93 Feb

Spin Doctors – Two Princes – 93 May (remember that? <_<)

Nirvana – Heart Shaped Box – 93 Sep

Soul Asylum – Runaway Train – 93 Nov

Beck – Loser – 94 Mar

Blur – Clover Over Dover – 94 Mar

Crash Test Dummies – Mmm Mmm Mmm Mmm – 94 Apr

Stiltskin – Inside – 94 May

Shampoo – Trouble – 94 Jul

Green Day – Basket Case

Soundgarden – Black Hole Sun – 94 Aug

Suede – We Are The Pigs – 94 Sep

Elastica – Connection – 94 Oct

Supergrass – Caught By The Fuzz – 94 Oct

Lightning Seeds – Change – 95 Jan

Portishead – Glory Box – 95 Jan

Ash – Kung Fu – 95 Apr

Weezer – In The Garage – 95 May

McAlmont & Butler – Yes – 95 May (the finest track British music ever produced - you must get this)

Chemical Brothers – Leave Home – 95 Jun

Black Grape – In The Name Of The Father – 95 Aug

Oasis – Champagne Supernova – 95 Aug

Pulp – Mis-Shapes – 95 Oct

Bjork – It’s Oh So Quiet – 95 Nov

Bluetones – Slight Return – 96 Feb

Cast – Walk Away – 96 Mar

Shed 7 – Going for Gold – 96 Mar

POTSU – Peaches – 96 Apr

Space – Neighbourhood – 96 Apr

No Doubt – Just a Girl – 96

Ocean Colour Scene – Day We Caught The Train – 96 Jun

I can also thoroughly recommend Kenickie - they are fantastic. Also missing from my list are Kula Shaker. And probably a few other bands I didn't like at the time. Bluetones, Cast, Shed Seven - all have great back catalogues. Anything from Ash's 1977 album (i.e. Girl From Mars) is awesome. Elastica are ace. And so forth.

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A great place for 'best of' lists is http://www.rocklist.net/

For example:

NME’s 100 Greatest Singles Of All Time - November 2002

Joy Division – Love Will Tear Us Apart

Nirvana – Smells Like Teen Sprit

Sex Pistols – Anarchy In The Uk

The Rolling Stones – Paint It Black

David Bowie – Heroes

The Stone Roses – Fools Gold

The Smiths – This Charming Man

Oasis – Live Forever

The Clash – London Calling

Massive Attack – Unfinished Sympathy

The Jam – Going Underground

The Beatles – Paperback Writer

The Beach Boys – Good Vibrations

The Verve – Bittersweet Symphony

Lou Reed – Walk On The Wild Side

Underworld – Born Slippy

Buzzcocks – Ever Fallen In Love..

Stevie Wonder – Superstition

Kinks – Waterloo Sunset

New Order – Blue Monday

Dexys Midnight Runners – Geno

Blondie – Heart Of Glass

The Rolling Stones – Satisfaction

Aretha Franklin – Respect

T.Rex – Get It On

Coldplay – Yellow

Motorhead – Ace Of Spades

Eminem – Stan

The Byrds – Eight Miles High

The Strokes – Last Night

Bob Dylan – Like A Rolling Stone

Abba – Dancing Queen

The Ronettes – Be My Baby

Oasis – Supersonic

The Byrds – Mr Tambourine Man

The La’s There She Goes

The Who – My Generation

The Vines – Get Free

Beastie Boys – Sabotage

Steve Harley – Make Me Smile

The Jackson 5 – I Want You Back

The Smiths – How Soon Is Now

Dusty Springfield – Son Of A Preacher Man

The Beatles – Pennylane/Strawberry Fields Forever

The Undertones – Teenage Kicks

Glen Campbell – Wichita Lineman

Elvis Presley – In The Ghetto

Prince – When Doves Cry

Primal Scream – Loaded

Grandmaster Flash – White Lines

Marvin Gaye – I Herd It Through The Grapevine

Sex Pistols – God Save The Queen

The Specials – Ghost Town

Pixies – Gigantic

Pulp – Common People

David Bowie – Starman

Smokey Robinson – The Tracks Of My Tears

Happy Mondays – Step On

The Beach Boys – God Only Knows

The Who – I Can’t Explain

The Kinks – You Really Got Me

The Faces – Stay With Me

Roxy Music – Virginia Plain

Madonna – Into The Groove

Guns ‘N Roses – Sweet Child O’ Mine

Nelly – Hot In Here

Mc5 – Kick Out The Jams

Big Star – September Gurls

Soft Cell – Tainted Love

Radiohead – Creep

The Pogues – Fairytail Of New York

Missy Elliott – Get Yr Freak On

Kylie – Can’t Get You Out Of My Mind

Queens Of The Stoneage – Feelgood Hit Of The Summer

This Mortal Coil – Song To The Siren

NWA – Straight Outta Compton

The Strokes – The Modern Age EP

Primal Scream – Higher Than The Sun

Aphex Twin – Windowlicker

Jimi Hendrix – Voodoo Chile

Bob Marley – Get Up Stand Up

Manic Street Preachers – A Design For Life

My Bloody Valentine – You Made Me Realise

Outkast – Ms Jackson

Frankie Goes To Hollywood – Two Tribes

Blur – Girls And Boys

Stardust – Music Sound Better With You

The Rolling Stones – Jumpin’ Jack Flash

Sugarcubes – Birthday

The Doves – There Goes The Fear

The Jam – The Eaton Rifles

Public Enemy – Bring The Noise

Aaliyah – Try Again

Blur – Song 2

The Lovin’ Spoonful – Do You Believe In Magic?

The Beatles – I Wanna Hold Your Hand

Jimmy Hendrix – Cross Town Traffic

The Cult – Love Removal Machine

Mudhoney – Touch Me I’m Sick

Sly And The Family Stone – Family Affair


It has ALL the Peel Festive 50's on there too...

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OMFG. Matt was the biggest indie kid I've ever known. You should try and contact him, olizzle.

Eat shoe

Aye aye I saw him over summer actually he lives near a mate of mine so just blags his way round innit.

He's doing a music course somewhere and reckons he's going to be famous - hangs out with 16/17 years olds getting stoned all day

I would be more gangsta but no one ever posted a hip hop 101

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Mazzy Star - Fade in to you

Great song, but hardly one to get them dancing.

Debaser by The Pixies has to be played at Indie clubs under the 1996 'shufling Around in DMs' Act of Parliament.


Suede - Animal Nitrate

Violent Femmes - Blister In The Sun

Blondie go down well - maybe play Hanging On The Telephone?

New Order - True Faith

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Other stuff I've discovered after several days of searching that I don't think anyone has mentioned -

Clash - Should I stay or should I go

Blur - Coffee and TV

Iggy Pop - Lust for Life

Inspiral Carpets - Saturn 5

The Kinks - All day and all of the night

Primal Scream - Rocks

Pavement - Cut your Hair

The Breeders - Cannonball

Hopefully they might go down well too. Thanks again for all the recommendations. That Violent Femmes song is ace!

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Ride - Chelsea Girl

The Inspiral Carpets - This is how it feels

The House of Love - Shine on

Oasis - Live forever/Digsy's dinner

Belle and Sebastian - The boy with the arab strap

Super Furry Animals - Do or die

Echo and the Bunnymen - Nothing lasts for ever

Ash - Girl from mars

Weezer - Buddy holly

The Colourfield - Thinking of you

Manic Street Preachers - Kevin Carter/All surface no feeling

New Radicals - You get what you give

Primal Scream - Rocks/Loaded/Come together

Supergrass - Caught by the fuzz/Alright/

Mansun - Wide open space

Pulp - Babies/Common people

The Seahorses - Love is the law

And loads of others

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