The Brit Box

If someone asks you what type of music you like and you say, “I like everything.”

I’m calling bullshit.

You may have a tolerance for all types and genres of music, but if it came down to it, you probably have a narrower view on what you listen to most of the time.

I don’t want to sound elitist or snobbish but I was one of those people that said, “Yeah, I listen to everything,” and it hasn’t been until recent that I’ve really thought about it and narrowed down my choices to a few genres that I am constantly listening to or playlists that I vacillate between…80s New Wave & New Romantics and BritPop.

I have also been on a tear to get as many box sets by Rhino Records into my own personal collection. There is something about the way they curate their playlists that makes me think that a lot of thought went into coming up with the tracks and the artists that they selected rather than a financially based decision on who they could and couldn’t afford.

Found The Brit Box on eBay not for a steal but enough of a savings that I could justify dropping my money on the 78 tracks contained in the 4-disc set. And that brings me to something else that this set made me do. For the larger box sets, particularly Rhino Records joints, I am creating playlists based on what they’ve released.

I will add all of the tracks from the box set and then uncheck the ones that I already have in my library. Next, I will swap them out with the album version of the tracks that I already own. Last step is removing the unchecked track from the playlist. This way I can look at the play count of The Smiths “How Soon Is Now” and not have to tabulate from the 7 different versions I have on 7 different albums on how many times the song has actually been played.

1.How Soon Is Now [7 Inch Version]The Smiths6:44
2.LoreleiCocteau Twins3:42
3.Primitive PaintersFelt6:00
4.Somewhere In ChinaThe Shop Assistants3:04
5.My Biggest ThrillThe Mighty Lemon Drops2:57
6.Just Like HeavenThe Cure3:31
7.Lips Like SugarEcho & The Bunnymen4:51
8.April SkiesThe Jesus And Mary Chain4:01
9.Walkin' With Jesus (Sound Of Confusion)Spacemen 35:53
10.CrashThe Primitives2:33
11.UnbearableThe Wonder Stuff2:28
12.She Bangs The DrumsThe Stone Roses3:43
13.The Only One I KnowThe Charlatans3:59
14.Step OnHappy Mondays5:17
15.Loaded [Single Version]Primal Scream4:10
16.This Is How It FeelsInspiral Carpets3:13
17.Obscurity KnocksTrashcan Sinatras4:09
18.There She GoesThe La's2:43
19.Here's Where The Story EndsThe Sundays3:52
20.Vapour TrailRide4:18
21.Sight Of YouPale Saints5:38
22.Only ShallowMy Bloody Valentine4:18
23.For LoveLush3:30
24.FlyingThe Telescopes2:54
26.I Want To Touch YouCatherine Wheel4:40
27.Trip & SlideBleach5:11
28.Coast Is ClearCurve4:01
29.YouFive Thirty4:28
30.This River Will Never Run DryMoose6:24
31.(Thought I'd Died) And Gone To HeavenThe Family Cat4:55
32.(Don't Cut Me Down) Mary Quant In BlueThe Dylans3:18
33.0-0 A.E.T. (No Score After Extra Time)Thousand Yard Stare3:44
34.Grey Cell GreenNed's Atomic Dustbin3:45
35.Shoot You DownBirdland3:13
36.Stay BeautifulManic Street Preachers3:10
37.Star SignTeenage Fanclub4:54
38.Metal MickeySuede3:25
39.Duel [Radio Edit]Swervedriver4:40
41.BarflyThe Superstars2:35
42.RegretNew Order4:09
44.KiteNick Heyward3:06
45.LazarusThe Boo Radleys4:40
46.You're In A Bad WaySaint Etienne3:03
47.Wow & FlutterStereolab3:09
48.Tracy JacksBlur4:18
49.Live ForeverOasis4:38
50.Common PeoplePulp5:51
51.Speeed KingThese Animal Men3:01
52.WallflowerMega City Four3:42
54.Sleep Well TonightGene4:32
55.Sleeping InMenswear4:41
59.In A RoomDodgy4:16
60.Girl From MarsAsh3:26
61.Sale Of The CenturySleeper4:28
63.TattvaKula Shaker3:47
64.The Riverboat SongOcean Colour Scene4:53
65.You're GorgeousBabybird3:42
66.Slight ReturnThe Bluetones3:20
67.Something 4 The WeekendSuper Furry Animals2:51
68.Something For The WeekendThe Divine Comedy4:20
69.Brimful Of AshaCornershop5:18
70.ServiceSilver Sun3:01
71.Ladies And Gentlemen We Are Floating In SpaceSpiritualized3:42
72.Wide Open SpaceMansun4:32
73.Step Into My WorldHurricane #14:59
74.Lucky ManThe Verve4:54
76.Mulder And ScullyCatatonia4:10
77.You Don't Care About UsPlacebo3:56
78.Oh JimGay Dad2:47