Synth Britannia



Wonderful BBC documentary on British synthpop from its indie beginnings to its 1980s glory. It’s an hour and a half long so you might want to make a cup of tea first because you will end up watching the whole thing.

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  1. Mondo says:

    Great film – and loads of footage from my ol’ stomping ground Crocs… Have you heard the Depeche live at Crocs bootleg. Worth tracking down

  2. Duncan says:

    Great programme. Really well down, especially all the JG Ballard footage.

  3. LondonLee says:

    The Ballard footage is from this film

  4. Jason says:

    Thanks for alerting me Synth Britannia. Scary how well some of this stuff stands up today. OMD – OMG!

  5. Simon says:

    heh, I watched this about 10 times the week it aired in the UK; marvellous stuff. Watching it made me want to get the synths and drum machines out and do something really sparse and weird around the edges like The Normal. Some of that stuff from the early days of the UK synth thing still sound edgy now.

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