A compilation album proves there's a mass market for indie esoterica

December 1982: Number 26 in our series of the 50 key events in the history of indie music

Pillows and Prayers, Cherry Red's compilation of cult indie bands and obscurities, topped the indie charts for a whole 19 weeks, shifting 120,000 copies in the process. The key to this unlikely feat was the price: a mere 99p to tempt the curious into sampling its 17 acts. Many have been forgotten, but the album contains an early gem from Everything But the Girl, and pioneered the indie folk sound that still proliferates.

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