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Re: Synth Britannia (BBC 4)

Postby beatmunga » Wed Oct 21, 2009 4:17 pm

Richard Graham wrote: I don't need approval from someone who thinks the word 'rockist' is rather a clever put-down.

I get the impression that you are a bit of an elitist, BM!

Sorry RG, I childishly slipped in the 'rockist' bit because you'd already admitted it winds you up...

I think it's a bit pretentious too for what it's worth. I usually say 'greaser' but many find this more offensive!

I'm sure you are neither.

As regards being an elitist, I feel I'm quite the opposite when it comes to music. I'm a populist.

As the documentary clearly points out, synth pop was relatively democratic in its creation - a logical progression from Punk's DIY ethic.

The repercussions of that are still being felt, for better or worse...
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Re: Synth Britannia (BBC 4)

Postby beatmunga » Wed Oct 21, 2009 4:22 pm

---------------------------------- wrote:I like the synth sounds and stuff but all the singing was absolutely diabolical. What was that 'camp' singing style all about?

A generation growing up with David Bowie and Bryan Ferry, basically... the standard for male 80s UK pop vocals:

Before they were famous: Ricky Gervais

Amusing
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Re: Synth Britannia (BBC 4)

Postby Ralphr » Wed Oct 21, 2009 4:54 pm

hollowsun wrote:
Guy7 wrote:I have just finished watching it and found it fantastic viewing. Some of the music played from the late 70's was seriously left-field!!!

I got a bit annoyed at the end when the likes of Howard Jones and the Thompson Twins got totally discounted and pigeon holed as pointless synth pop. Whilst not synth pioneers like some of the others, each had a role to play in the emergance of synth music to the masses. Especially Howard Jones IMHO.

Oh and where was Thomas Dolby? He was one of the early brigade.
+1 on all the above.

The whole program seemed to just grind to a halt in the mid-80s and just dismissed the likes of (as you say) Howard Jones, Dolby, The Thompsons but also Nik Kershaw, Japan, Freur (who went on to become Underworld), Fashion and many others (including - to a degree - Peter Gabriel and arguably Trevor Horn) who were all doing great stuff with the emerging synth, sampler and sequencing gear of the time ... even the much-maligned Stock, Aitken and Waterman.

Fantastic to see Fashion mentioned, I was fortunate enough in the early eighties to be a friend of one of their management team & got to go to many of their shows as a guest I distinctly remember meeting certain support bands Kajagoogoo, Frankie Goes to Hollywood & King!!! Not to bad pedigree!
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Re: Synth Britannia (BBC 4)

Postby Guido3 » Sat Oct 24, 2009 4:23 pm

Guy7 wrote:
Oh and where was Thomas Dolby? He was one of the early brigade.

And here's the evidence.....

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mcP2AW9JQgY

A very interesting bloke indeed.
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Re: Synth Britannia (BBC 4)

Postby tea for two » Sat Oct 24, 2009 4:36 pm

Guy7 wrote:
Guy7 wrote:
Oh and where was Thomas Dolby? He was one of the early brigade.


And here's the evidence.....

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mcP2AW9JQgY

A very interesting bloke indeed.




0.12 : "i started doing this stuff in the 70's there were very few of us doing it back then, mainly cause this kit was so expensive"

Damn right Bro.
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Affordability is why nowadays get so many interesting EM. Still having a dictionary doesn't necessarily = tonnes of Dickens




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Re: Synth Britannia (BBC 4)

Postby Guido3 » Sat Oct 24, 2009 4:55 pm

He is facinating to see live. I saw him during the Sole Inhabitant tour in 2007. His stories are amazing. A typical example is............

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_sk1c9N3ZuM
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