I do love a BBC4 music documentary. My favourites include the Bonzos one, the Dennis Wilson one, The Fall one, the Factory Records one, Synth Britannia, Prog Britannia – so many more…However, they do sometimes get things wrong – that picture is David Hepworth telling Danny Baker about the first LP he bought – to be fair maybe whoever was in charge of subtitles wasn’t up to speed on the Fabs discography – but you get the point. They also hammer home some tired old clichés and bits of received wisdom that are in danger of becoming the truth.
Here are my favourites and I’m sure the Massive can suggest some more…
1. In 1976 the music scene was dominated by ELP and Rick Wakeman and lots of other really boring music. There was nothing to listen to..until the Sex Pistols swore on the Bill Grundy show (which everyone watched – and brought the country to a standstill) and then everything changed overnight
2. In the 80s everybody was either unemployed and living in a squat, on strike or had a massive mobile phone and made Loadsamoney in the stock exchange.
3. When Acid House started in 1988 everyone aged 18-30 was going to illegal warehouse raves and dropping Es and everyone stopped listening to guitar music
4. Nothing at all happened in music between Acid House and Grunge.
5. Grunge ended the day Kurt Cobain died but fortunately Britpop was just around the corner – everybody loved it and spent the next 5 years snorting coke and having a massive feelgood Britpop party.
6. Britpop was the only music available in the 1990s.
Over to y’all