Various - Virgin Records: 40 Years of Disruption

Think about The Breakfast Club – what song do you hear? Or remember that first party where someone brought the Thunderbird whilst Neneh Cherry made her ‘Buffalo Stance’? Northern Ireland’s troubles being sound-tracked by The Human League? Carol Decker breaking that ‘China in Your Hand’? Or perhaps you remember scouser Craig in the first Big Brother house emotionally reciting Phil Collins’ “If you told me you were drowning, I would not lend a hand…”? Stop it! He was really feeling it!

Flash forward to Massive Attack, then Daft Punk, then Swedish House Mafia… Look, it’s Virgin - you know you’re not always getting anything ground-breaking or revolutionary, but it’s always there. And not in a cynical, “so’s herpes” kind of a way, but in a positive and sentimental “this is/was my life” kind of a way. From Brian Ferry crooning ‘I Put a Spell on You’ to the pop-folk of KT Tunstall’s ‘Black Horse and the Cherry Tree’ and the Pitch Perfect-inspiring ‘Titanium’, here are 46 tracks to make you nostalgically smile more than you’ll smirk. Quite simply, Branson knew what he was doing. His “screw it, let’s do it” philosophy has most likely infected you at some point. Virgin Records: 40 Years of Disruptions - you know you want it.

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