There’s no summer like the summer of 1989 when it comes to dance music in the UK. While Germans were celebrating the fall of the Berlin Wall and students in China were protesting in Tiananmen Square, baggy-clothed youngsters in the UK were off their nuts on E, flailing limbs to acid house in fields, aircraft hangars and wherever else there were DJs and a fuck-off soundsystem. This BBC doc explores that long, hot summer to find out how it all happened. From the effect of Margaret Thatcher’s government and rival football hooligans calling a truce on the dancefloor, to yuppies cashing in on the movement and the eventual police crackdown, this was the Second Summer of Love.
14. MUSIC NATION
Music Nation saw Dazed and Channel 4 team up for a series of documentaries providing an insight to some of the most significant scenes in electronic music. Ewen Spencer’s Brandy & Coke kicked off series one, covering garage in the late 90s/early 00s, and the other episodes delved into Ibiza spilling into the Home Counties, Bristol’s bass culture, punk-inspired hardcore and jungle. The second series was a fine follow-up, with the Dizzee Rascal, JME and Kano-featuring grime special, Northern Bassline, Glasgow’s punk rock in the 1980s andBritish Asian Rave. That’s plenty of insightful ammo to fuel your boredom.
Everyone knows the story of the DJ who starts out scratching around making beats in their bedroom and ends up flying round the world, playing to tens of thousands of people a night all the while getting showered in millions of dollars and attention from supermodels. And if you don’t, you can catch up on it when the Zac Efron EDM vehicle We Are your Friends is released this summer. But what about the guy who doesn’t make it? Which, let’s face it, is pretty much all of us. Eden, released in the UK next month, tells the story of a French DJ who plays a pivotal role in creating the French Touch sound only to end up bankrupt and alone dealing with a crippling cocaine problem while his peers Daft Punk go on to become, well, Daft Punk. But it’s not all doom and gloom. The film features a killer soundtrack, cameos from Tony Humphries and Masters At Work vocalist India and some of the best clubbing scenes ever committed to celluloid. Unmissable.