Happy Birthday Firestation! Or should I say Alles Gute zum Geburtstag? And if you're going to celebrate a decade and a half of singles, albums, compilations and re-issues then you might as well do it in style, right? Well that's exactly what Uwe and Olaf have done; four CDs, ninety songs and a limited edition 48-page booklet thrown in for luck.
With an emphasis on dewy-eyed guitar pop circa-late 80s/early 90s, 'Still Mad At Me?' is an all round easygoing beauty. There's rarities from indie stars of yesteryear Mighty Mighty, a smattering of Hey Paulette (who played in session for John Peel don't you know) and Skint & Demoralised demos, plus tonnes and tonnes of even obscurer unreleased material too.
"But a box set is barely a box set at all unless it features at least one Northampton-based musician!" Well worry not, our very own one man band The Electroscopes contributes to the anniversary whopper with his sublime single 'Made A Mistake' and Persona1600 collaboration 'Stay With Me'.
All in all 'Still Mad At Me?' is a mammoth fifteenth birthday celebration containing music from a whole range of styles, scenes and eras: from 1980s Manchester bands to the undiscovered talents of today. Firestation Records - a label ablaze with delightfulness.