We grew up on a diet of Jurassic Park and Sensible Soccer (and all we have left is this lousy record label) is the rather brilliantly named compilation from Oxford-based label, Alcopop Records, to mark their 50th release. The release also coincides with the label’s fifth anniversary, which rumour has it, began (like all good things) with a drunken football bet.

Complied of 17 tracks (16 + 1 bonus track), We grew up on a diet of Jurassic Park and Sensible Soccer (and all we have left is this lousy record label) , features a selection tracks from some of the best Alcopop bands of the last five years, including bands from the start of the label (Encyclopedia, Data.Select.Party, 4 or 5 Magicians), right up to present day (Johnny Foreigner, Stagecoach, Jumping Ships), including a previously unreleased track by LightGuides.

The compilation kicks off fittingly with Encyclopedia’s ‘Emily’ – taken from the label’s first release (ALCOPOP001) back in October 2006 – before powering through Alcopop’s finest musical moments. Standout tracks on the album come courtesy of 4 or 5 Magicians, Johnny Foreigner, Stagecoach, LightGuides and Elephants with their unofficial Ivory Coast World Cup 2010 Anthem, ‘(Ivory) Coast to Victory’.

As a compilation, there is something here for everyone, whether you prefer pop punk (The Attika State, Jumping Ships), something a little heavier (LightGuides, Cut The Blue Wire), something more relaxed (My First Tooth, Ute, Sam Isaac) or novelty 2010 World Cup Anthems (Elephants). The main downside however, is that there aren’t more previously unreleased tracks features. That and the sad knowledge that having fell in love with their tracks, some of these bands are no longer with us (RIP).

A ‘must’ for fans of the label, We grew up on a diet of Jurassic Park and Sensible Soccer (and all we have left is this lousy record label), is jammed pack full of POPtastic hits, showcasing not only the best of Alcopop, but also some of the best independent UK bands of the last five years (the tracklist speaks for itself). All in all this compilation is a great additional for all POP fans and supporters of independent music alike.

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