Kevin Cummins will be a familiar name for those of us who hoovered up all of the music press in the 90’s. He was the chief photographer for the NME and last year released his Britpop collection of his favourite photos. Now that collection has a CD collection to go with it, featuring some of the great songs of the era. The magic is as well as ‘big’ songs like I’ll Manage Somehow and Regret, there are also some of my favourite rarer treasures from the excellent You’re Gorgeous Too by Babybird to These Animal Men’s take on Wichita Lineman, which was included on the Childline album and has long since disappeared into my memory. Probably on Ebay, highly recommended.
Cummins explains “It was always my ambition to have a companion album to the book, a chance to enjoy the music of that era, music as timeless as the images. When I was selecting photos for my book, I took to Twitter to ask fans if certain bands could be considered part of the genre. Several musicians joined in to deny they were ever part of Britpop. The Manics were never considered part of the genre, nor Primal Scream, and much as I would have like to include them I chose not to. So it pleases me that we can feature both bands and many more in this collection, with its broader take on Indie music in ‘90s Britain.”
See the full track listings below for the CD version, out 30th April and the double vinyl, releasing May 14th.