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Last night's Synth Britannia

Not Another HillNot Another Hill Posts: 382
edited October 2009 in The bottom bracket
On BBC4. An excellent journey through the weird and wonderful. I'd almost forgotten New Order's Temptation. Fantastic to see and hear it again. And of course the weird but wonderfully named 'Throbbing Gristle'.....Now where are my high waisted strides.

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  • indeed a great programe it prob increased the late great J G ballards profile amongst the kids as well.do you think gary numan wears a wig now?
  • I thought it was a great show as well. I made a point of watching it because it had a host of artists that I was very much into at the time (Numan, Depeche, New Order, Yazoo, OMD etc). I'm still a big fan of Depeche Mode to this day.
    If I remember rightly, legend has it that Gary Numan used to only eat sausage and mash and nothing else.
    Let's close our eyes and see what happens
  • SplottboySplottboy Posts: 3,695
    Taped it, watching it later. What about the Human League, THE THE, Orange Juice?
    Best memories of '81, walking into the White Hart in Newark, with Joan of Arc blasting out from the juke box. Great days...
  • andy162andy162 Posts: 634
    OMD had great songs but looked like the geography teacher you would take the p1ss out of. Tank tops on Top of the Pops! I ask thee!

    Early DM, great value. Fletch in leather kecks doing his little wiggly dance, Dave looking like a Burtons shop assistant.

    I've always liked New Order but never liked Blue Monday. Biggest selling 12" & all that
    but thought it was an overrated toon(?).
  • downfaderdownfader Posts: 3,686
    What about John Foxx? Was he in there? He's PRETTY influencial in the electronic music scene.

    ..or Brian Eno?
  • AnonymousAnonymous Posts: 79,667
    downfader wrote:
    What about John Foxx? Was he in there? He's PRETTY influencial in the electronic music scene.

    ..or Brian Eno?

    Roxy music was on after on another show, "do the strand".
  • downfader wrote:
    What about John Foxx? Was he in there? He's PRETTY influencial in the electronic music scene.

    ..or Brian Eno?

    John Foxx was on being interviewed and some of his performances from the past. Plus Ultravox of course.

    I thought Vince Clarke's contributions were interesting.
  • downfaderdownfader Posts: 3,686
    downfader wrote:
    What about John Foxx? Was he in there? He's PRETTY influencial in the electronic music scene.

    ..or Brian Eno?

    John Foxx was on being interviewed and some of his performances from the past. Plus Ultravox of course.

    I thought Vince Clarke's contributions were interesting.

    8)

    Will check out the iPlayer later. :P
  • Casual name dropping alert!

    I've seen Midge Ure in my local chippy and he also buys his vino-collapso and sausages in my local co-op.
    Let's close our eyes and see what happens
  • Good show about a great era in UK music but dwelled for too long on some aspects and bands IMO. I think it missed a few bands/people from that era though, that had also influenced and contributed to the synth movement.

    Art of Noise, Jean Michel Jarre, A Flock of Seagulls, Giorgio Moroder, Blancmange, Japan to name a few.

    Thanks to Spotify you can go down a synth sountracked nostalgia trip with ease..

    Yazoo 'Too Pieces' currently playing. Top tuune!!
  • When I think Flock Of Seagulls, all I can ever remember is the haircuts.
    Let's close our eyes and see what happens
  • antooonyantooony Posts: 177
    When I think Flock Of Seagulls, all I can ever remember is the haircuts.

    I'll get this nerd fact in before Niceandsleazy does. :D The Flock Of Seagulls took their name from a Stranglers lyric from a song called Toiler On The Sea.
  • downfaderdownfader Posts: 3,686
    Good show about a great era in UK music but dwelled for too long on some aspects and bands IMO. I think it missed a few bands/people from that era though, that had also influenced and contributed to the synth movement.

    Art of Noise, Jean Michel Jarre, A Flock of Seagulls, Giorgio Moroder, Blancmange, Japan to name a few.

    Thanks to Spotify you can go down a synth sountracked nostalgia trip with ease..

    Yazoo 'Too Pieces' currently playing. Top tuune!!

    I thought FOS and AON were US bands, and JMJ is French. IMO the first pioneers of the synths in popular music were the Progrock bands of the 60s and 70s (ELP, Pink Floyd, even the Beatles had a play too - Abbey Road)
  • I suppose there are loads of influences who paved the way of the synthsound.

    Jean Michel Jarre is French but Kraftwerk are German and the were heavily mentioned in the programme. I would have thought he was just as influential. Also Tangerine Dream were not mentioned (another German group).

    And Art of Noise and A Flock of Seagulls were both British.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A_Flock_of_Seagulls

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Art_of_noise
  • downfaderdownfader Posts: 3,686
    I suppose there are loads of influences who paved the way of the synthsound.

    Jean Michel Jarre is French but Kraftwerk are German and the were heavily mentioned in the programme. I would have thought he was just as influential. Also Tangerine Dream were not mentioned (another German group).

    And Art of Noise and A Flock of Seagulls were both British.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A_Flock_of_Seagulls

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Art_of_noise

    Cheers for that!

    Massive fan of Kraftwerk too! 8)
  • AnonymousAnonymous Posts: 79,667
    Propaganda, whilst not really synth were good at that time.

    Does Trio, "da da da" qualify ? I drove my parents mental playing this over and over and over......see what I mean. :wink:
  • Kraftwerk were/are brilliant

    They have also just released all their albums remastered.

    Very tempting!

    Propaganda were another good synth era band from Germany.
  • andy162andy162 Posts: 634
    I think Flock of Seagulls were actual hairdressers(?)... Looking at their barnets no wonder they jacked in the sniping & took up music.

    They also recruited their guitarist when he was about 15. Got his parents permission to join etc then proceeded to live out 100% the rock n roll lifestyle.He ended up a bit of a mess at one stage. If have a look at one of their vids he looks 9 rather than 15ish.
  • SplottboySplottboy Posts: 3,695
    Vangelis... Greek, but so what?

    Walter/Wendy Carlos did "Switched on Bach" before Clockwork Orange.
    It's totally Classical tunes in electronic form. Very basic but groundbreaking.
    Have seen Jean Michel Jarre twice, Manchester Opera House and MEN.
    Both amazing concerts.

    Saw group called The Modern Eons, supporting the Stranglers in 1980.
    Electro pop, but censored ....

    Kraftwerks "Tour de France" CD fantastic for turbo training sessions.
  • SplottboySplottboy Posts: 3,695
    Vangelis... Greek, but so what?

    Walter/Wendy Carlos did "Switched on Bach" before Clockwork Orange.
    It's totally Classical tunes in electronic form. Very basic but groundbreaking.
    Have seen Jean Michel Jarre twice, Manchester Opera House and MEN.
    Both amazing concerts.

    Saw group called The Modern Eons, supporting the Stranglers in 1980.
    Electro pop, but censored ....

    Kraftwerks "Tour de France" CD fantastic for turbo training sessions.
  • CHRISNOIRCHRISNOIR Posts: 1,400
    Kraftwerk were/are brilliant

    They have also just released all their albums remastered.

    Very tempting!

    There's a compilation of live Kraftwerk clips on BBC4 this Friday. Just before it is a documentary on 'Krautrock' which should be brilliant - certainly worth staying in for.
  • downfaderdownfader Posts: 3,686
    Finally watched it on the iPlayer. Great stuff.

    Used to read a mag years back called The Mix, and another called Future Music where the emphasis was on muso's and synths. There were some pretty amazing inteviews with Numan, Human League and all the 80s synthpop pioneers.
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