The Pastels

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The Pastels formed in Glasgow, Scotland in 1982, starting the indie-rock movement known variously as "shambling," "anorak pop," "twee pop," and "C-86," characterized by infectious melodies, and simple, unaffected performances. It was a movement towards wistful musical primitivism, and willful naïveté.

Founder Stephen Pastel's now legendary 53rd and 3rd record label helped to launch the careers of such bands as the Jesus & Mary Chain, Belle & Sebastian, Teenage Fanclub, the Vaselines, the BMX Bandits, the Shop Assistants, and the Soup Dragons.

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