From 1988 to 1991, The Field Mice epitomised the evil that was fey indie jangling....

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English Meltdown

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English Meltdown

FROM 1988 TO 1991, THE FIELD MICE epitomised the evil that was fey indie jangling. Nurtured by Bristol’s deeply unfashionable Sarah Records, they defined a genre of sweet, articulate pop that spawned a thousand floppy-fringed imitators, none of who came even close to achieving their aching intimacy.

A creative outlet for south London’s serial-heartbreaker Bob Wratten, The Field Mice never really reached their full potential, hampered by inter-band relationships, but this 36-song collection paints a picture of a group equally at home with a battered acoustic or flirting with technology.

Early tinny thrash-outs like ‘Sensitive’ nestle alongside one-time [I]NME Single Of The Week[/I] ‘Missing The Moon’, where acid house meets New Ordered pop. Aside from the effortless melodies, Wratten wrote some of the most affecting lyrics in modern pop. [I]”Ride with me to the next station, I want to spend another half-hour with you”[/I], he trembles on ‘So Said Kay’, the trivial made thrillingly poignant.

Saint Etienne launched their career with a cover of the Mice’s ‘Let’s Kiss And Make Up’. Not many people know that. Now you can find out everything you need. A priceless