The State of Rock: 1995

Begun in 1961 as The National Jazz Festival The Reading Festival is “the world’s oldest popular music festival still in existence.” In 1971 the Jazz Festival officially became the Reading Festival. Held during August the festival has grown to such an extent that in 1999 a second simultaneous festival in Leeds was added. Todays festival now spans two venue with seven stages:

  1. Main stage – major rock, indie and alternative acts
  2. NME/Radio 1 stage – less well-known acts, building up to an alternative headline act.
  3. Festival Republic stage (formerly known as the Carling stage) – acts with less popular appeal and breakthrough acts.
  4. Lock Up Stage – underground punk and hardcore acts. (2 days)
  5. Dance tent – dance music acts, on the day that the above stage does not run.
  6. Alternative tent – comedy and cabaret acts plus DJs.
  7. BBC Introducing Stage – Typically unsigned/not well known acts.

Because the Reading Festival reflects the current popular musical scene Britpop tended to dominate Reading ’95, but no genre of popular music was completely shut out or ignored, as you can see from the list of acts that performed over the three days.

Main Stage

Reading Friday Reading Saturday Reading Sunday

Melody Maker Stage

Reading Friday Reading Saturday Reading Sunday

Carlsberg Stage

Reading Friday Reading Saturday Reading Sunday

A quick look at the list of those who performed and those acts on the cd and one is struck by how many of the latter were relative unknowns (at least in the US) in 1995. And isn’t that the very purpose of a sampler… introducing us to all those groups operating under the radar.

Volume 14 – Reading ’95 Special

Reading 95 Offical Volume Special

Disc 1

Playing Time: 1 hour 3 minutes 6 seconds

1. Teenage Fanclub – Festival Of Sun Reading ’95 (Feat. Kim Fowley) (3:29)

2. Ash – Coasting (Radio 1FM Evening Session) (3:19)

3. Powder – Has Been (Demo Version) (3:36)

4. Nilon Bombers – Back Down (Demo Version) (3:58)

5. Drugstore – Sugar Sugar (2:39)

6. Electrafixion – Sister Pain (Remix) (4:29)

7. Cast – Follow Me Down (Exclusive Mix) (3:42)

8. Puressence – Half The Way You Were (4:54)

9. Carter The Unstoppable Sex Machine – This One’s For Me (Alternative Version) (2:45)

10. Longpigs – All Hype (3:25)

11. Coast – Shag Wild (3:35)

12. China Drum – Situation (2:54)

13. Smaller – Biscuit Tin (Demo Version) (3:18)

14. Heavy Stereo – Sleep Freak (Original Demo) (3:52)

15. The Cardigans – Our Space (3:28)

16. Stereolab – Theme From Get Carter (3:24)

17. Menswear – Daydreamer (Student Union Mix) (6:19)

[Disc 1 Part 1] [Disc 1 Part 2]

Disc 2

Playing Time: 1 hour 14 minutes 18 seconds

1. Little Axe – Out Of The Rain And Cold (Remix) (6:08)

2. Dub War – Original Murder (6:36)

3. White Zombie – Electric Head Pt 2 (The Ecstasy) (Aztec Mummy Super Fly Mix) (4:13)

4. Monster Magnet – Dopes To Infinity (Live) (5:31)

5. Babes In Toyland – Handsome & Gretel (Live) (1:55)

6. dEUS – Morticiachair (Live) (4:22)

7. Gene – Sleep Well Tonight (Live) (4:02)

8. Heather Nova – My Fidelity (Live) (4:01)

9. Scarce – Imagining It (Acoustic) (4:23)

10. Buffalo Tom – Never Noticed (2:58)

11. Scarfo – Eyesore (3:34)

12. Echobelly – Natural Animal (Remix) (3:28)

13. Peepshow – Delirious (4:28)

14. These Animal Men – False Identification (Live) (3:16)

15. Prolapse – Move To Limit Slabs (Demo Version) (5:37)

16. Delicatessen – Classic Adventure (Re-Recording) (3:36)

17. Skunk Anansie – I Can Dream (3:27)

18. Mudhoney – You Give Me The Creeps (1:03)

19. Guided By Voices – Snuff Movie (She’s Gone) (1:40)

[Disc 2 Part 1] [Disc2 Part 2]

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