I remember reading album reviews and constantly seeing mention of something called "C86." For a long time, it was a complete mystery to me and I just kind of glossed over it like many of the names haphazardly dropped in music criticism. Eventually I came to my senses, hopped on that site, uhhh, Google, and discovered an amazing time in British indie rock.
C86 was a legendary cassette compilation put out by British magazine NME in, get this, 1986. It collected all of the up and coming bands on the scene during that time, some of which would prove to be highly influential. Their sound was characterized by jangly guitars and power-pop melodies, and what legendary radio DJ John Peel referred to as "shambly."