Cornershop, Chemicals Celebrate 25 Years Of Rough Trade

Four-CD album honoring institution in independent music, due March 5, also features rare tracks from Stereolab, Talking Heads.

Cornershop, the Chemical Brothers and the Buzzcocks are among the 56 bands included on an upcoming compilation celebrating the 25th anniversary of a legendary U.K. record store.

Rough Trade Shops — 25 years, a four-CD collection featuring rare and exclusive tracks from the likes of Stereolab, Talking Heads, Mudhoney and the Lemonheads, pays tribute to the first Rough Trade Shop, which opened in West London in February 1976.

The store, renowned for its involvement in independent music throughout the world, spawned a record label and distribution company, along with several shops around England.

The compilation, due March 5 on Mute Records (no U.S. release date exists as yet), boasts songs from some of the top bands on the Rough Trade Records roster over the years, including the Fall, the Smiths, the Pixies, Scritti Politti, the Go-Betweens and Mazzy Star.

Several other bands on the compilation, including Joy Division and the Sugarcubes, never released albums on Rough Trade but were influenced by the record shops and label.

Rough Trade, the brainchild of Geoff Travis, is also celebrating its anniversary with 10 days of special live events in venues across London beginning February 23. Acts confirmed for the concerts include Beth Orton, the Sea and Cake, the Raincoats, Tindersticks, Nectarine No. 9 and Echoboy.

The shows will raise money for various national charities, including the Sickle Cell Society, London Lighthouse, Breast Cancer Campaign and Prostate Cancer Charity. Show details are available at