Tommy Gunnarsson - Reviews


Various - Heroes & Villains – The Sound Of Los Angeles 1965-1968,

Excellent three-disc retrospective, which fifty years after the original release of the iconic 'Nuggets' album, compiles together music from the LA scene of 1965-68, and the garage/psychedelic/pop sounds of California

Girls At Our Best!

Girls At Our Best! - Pleasure

Classic post punk/indie pop on new three-disc deluxe edition of Girls at Our Best!'s 1981 only album


Various - I Love To See You Strut – More ’60s Mod, RNB, Brit Soul and Freakbeat Nuggets,

Rollercoaster ride of pop melodies and blues rock on long-awaited follow-up to the esteemed RPM mod/freakscene compilations


Various - Revolt Into Style 1979

Enjoyable and eclectic three CD post punk and alternative music from 1979 from Cherry Red


Various - C91

Next instalment in Cherry Red’s successful C-series is ‘C91’, which shows that 1991 was a bad year for indie music, but the compilation itself is a joy to behold

Mike Hurst

Mike Hurst - In My Time – Recordings, Productions and Songs 1962-1985

Excellent four CD box set from 60s, 70s and 80s musician, songwriter and producer Mike Hurst


Miscellaneous - The Sun Shines Here: The Roots Of Indie Pop 1980-1984

Essential and delightful five CD box set from Cherry Red which focuses on the roots of indie pop and should be in every pop fan’s record collection.


Various - Good as Gold – Artefacts of the Apple Era 1967-1975

Enthralling five CD compilation of songs associated with Apple Records, founded by these Fab Four, proves a great look into the more forgotten parts of the 60's pop scene in the UK

Direct Hits

Direct Hits - The Broadway Recording Sessions

Enjoyable compilation of Mod pop trio Direct Hits’ early recording sessions which are finally released by Optic Nerve Recordings but is mostly targeted at already converted fans.

Global Village Trucking Company

Global Village Trucking Company - Smiling Revolution

Impressive double CD anthology on Cherry Red from Iconic communal band The Global Village Trucking Company


Various - Shake the Foundations: Militant Funk and the Post-Punk Dancefloor 1978-1984

Impressive three CD box set from Cherry Red follows up the success of their previous post-punk box sets with this reflection into the more danceable part of the scene

Exploding Flowers

Exploding Flowers - Stumbling Blocks

Enjoyable but repetitive jangly pop on second album from LA-based quartet Exploding Flowers

Dupont Circles

Dupont Circles - In Search of the Family Gredunza

Erratic and uneven debut album from US indie band the Dupont Circles which is a compilation of songs recorded during the past thirty years

Wee Cherubs

Wee Cherubs - The Merry Makers

Enjoyable compilation of largely unreleased material from lost 198'0s Glasgow-based indiepop band, the Wee Cherubs


Various - Martin Green Presents: Super Sonics - 40 Junkshop Britpop Greats

Excellently presented double CD from Cherry Red which compiles together some of the more obscure and less well known bands of the Britpop era


Ballet  - Matchy Matchy

Enjoyable but flawed fourth album from New York duo The Ballet whih draws but does not match comparisons with the Magnetic Fields

Pooh Sticks

Pooh Sticks - 7 Inch Box Set

Fabulous vinyl box set which compiles together the first five singles of legendary indiepop band, the Pooh Sticks

Monochrome Set

Monochrome Set - Fabula Mendax

First-rate album from indie pop outfit the Monochrome Set, which was inspired by manuscripts from the 15th century

Comet Gain

Comet Gain - Fireraisers Forever!

Predictable and formulaic ninth album from shambolic London-based punk pop act Comet Gain

Dot Dash

Dot Dash - Proto Retro

Enjoyable, nostalgic-rooted sixth album from jangly Washington DC group punk pop Dot Dash