C86 is/was a cassette compilation released by the British music magazine New Musical Express (NME) in 1986, featuring new bands licensed from independent labels of the time. As a phrase, C86 quickly evolved into shorthand for a guitar-based musical genre characterised by “jangly” guitars and fey melodies, and is now often used synonymously with “indie pop” or “twee”, although other musical styles were represented on the tape. Edit this Artist photo: A Witness

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