Psychedelic visual effects, religious iconography and banks of vintage synths mark the perfect setting for TD to present their swirling electronic soundscapes. So intoxicating one barely even notices that the film's soundtrack and the musician's actions fail to match.
There is something special about taking the electronic musician out of their studio and setting them against an exotic backdrop. Witnessing a reflective Sakamoto playing an array of digital synths to a crowd of ancient statues, temple ruins and lotus flowers is in one word... Epic!
Its at this point when The Human League were set to become one of the world's biggest bands that restores my faith that pop music may once again reach such unique and influential heights.
Futurisk were one of those rare bands whose minimal output had me infatuated. Even after tracking down their founder and obtaining copies of their infamous 7's and DVD-Rs of rare footage, this unlikely trio of characters from South Florida continue to mystify with their most unique brand of diy synth punk.
Of course my favorite Neil Young record caused Geffen Records to sue Young on the grounds that he had produced deliberately uncommercial and unrepresentative work.
“And somebody told me you people are crazy! But I’m not so sure about that; you seem to be all right to me.” The stuff legends are made of right here.
This comment sums this clip up best, " I like Nine Inch Nails, but this shit is allot more creative and 'out there'."
As a teen, Nitzer Ebb were influential in my quest to dance in public. Here were these two guys in Doc Martins and combat shorts skipping and stomping merrily along to aggressive 4/4 beats and sampled power chords without a care in the world. That seemed good enough for me to stop moshing and start dancing.
Soul Train, Grafitti Rock, The Scene... I've always been a fan of voyeuristic studio dance programs. This clip of Acid House / Rave duo Bizarre Inc encompassed the energy and playfulness that these shows exemplified... piano stabs, dirty basslines, diva vocals, breakbeats and a crowd full of colourful baggy dancers... "Just dance and move your body!"
Richard D James singlehandedly inspired me to trade my guitars in for keyboards and turntables.
Before YouTube I had what seemed like a 10th generation VHS of this footage which cost me umpteen dollars and several VHS dubs in exchange. This is what defined musical perfection for me in the nineties. And Justin Broadrick continues to impress with his vaired musical output twenty plus years later.