Hybrid forms, reinvigorations, invention and commerce. The eighties started out of punk and disco and reggae and exploded with new hybrids that crossed over and back between the underground and the overground. Set in a decade of excess it expanded the width of the pop song until it exploded.
The Story of The Undertones.(2002)
1:06:25 The Undertones are a punk rock/new wave band formed in Derry, Northern Ireland, in 1975. This film is guided by BBC DJ John Peel; a strident, early and still committed - fan. The Undertones, regarded as one of the greatest pop bands of the 80s (that never really got famous); released thirteen singles and four studio albums between 1978 and 1983. Born and bred in Derry and 'The Troubles', The Undertones wrote relentless sugary sharp pop about adolescence, teenage angst and heartbreak. This film talks about the music, the people and the struggles for ordinary boys to be pop stars.
Synth Britannia 1:27:50
Follows the increased use of the synthesiser in pop music from serious to novelty to pop and beyond. Talking with English musicians from the 80s, it details the increased popular use of syntesisers in the 70s and spreading out in the mainstream and fringes of the 80's (OMD, Human League, Kraftwewrk, New Order, Depeche Mode etc).
The Birthday Party (live) - April 6th, 1983, First Avenue, Minneapolis, MN
1:01:37 The sound is muddy but this document gives a sense of the violence, sensuality and intelligence that brought them (that survived) to such great heights in the years to come - but this was when they were best.
Thanks Mike Ziegler
2 Tone Britain 48:45
Narrated by Mark Lamarr, tells the story of the movement which centred around the Coventry record label Two Tone in the late 70s and early 80s. As the label's founders, The Specials are naturally given most of the limelight, but attention is also paid to Madness, The Selecter and The Beat, amongst others. Not only about music, Two Tone's wider cultural and political significance is very much at the heart of the programme. At a time of desperate divisions between whites, blacks and Asians, Two Tone fostered a disregard for skin colour and actively promoted interracial mixing and a collective and inclusive ethos.
1990's Documentary on the "Madchester" scene of the late 80's early 90's
Covers the illegal warehouse parties of the Blackburn rave scene, the Hacienda, the Happy Mondays & much more.. With ads if you want them.
1989 Summer Of Rave 1:09:07
Almost anti rock n Roll this documentary is about the english summer of 89, the culture, the social setting and: the music that exploded out across the world. It was the birth of the Neo Hippies with signature love drugs and unprecedented mixing of the tribes. This is the music that ultimately destroyed the pop song and the traditional song narrative. Originally in 6 parts....there are tiny bits missing due to the original chopping of the full film.