SYNTH BRITANNIA aus DÜSSELDORF

The script and narrator in "Synth Britannia" are rubbish. There are a lot of inaccuracies in this typically stupid BBC documentary, but it's still a bit interesting for the archive footage, the scenes of British urban blight that Labour created in the early 70s (but which are now almost completely and anachronistically blamed on Thatcher), and to analyze the BBC political spin.

[A much better documentary is "Souvenir: The OMD Story", since OMD (on 4 albums, from 1980 to 1983), were the only good British synth-pop band. It's a pity Vocaloids didn't exist back then, so their records have weedy, queer-sounding vocals. I suppose if they'd gotten a singer, the band's geeky aesthetics would have suffered, since the singer would have wanted to be a "star". The vooice on "Enola Gay", though, matches the music, style and theme. On "Souvenir..." they explain in detail how almost every part of that song was a mistake, including the drummer missing his cue, and how the record company didn't want the song on the album, and then their manager threatened to quit if it was released as a single.]

I can't be bothered cataloguing all the inaccuracies in "Synth B.", but, for example: It's stated that OMD were signed to Factory, and that Tony Wilson told the band they were the future of pop music. Not "the whole truth". Wilson couldn't stand OMD, but his wife nagged him to sign the band. As soon as he did, and after releasing one single, Wilson tried to offload OMD, and soon sold them to Carol Wilson's .dindisc/DinDisc records (owned by Virgin). Him telling them they were "were the future of pop music" was probably sarcasm.

A few other things lousy about the documentary is that they inflict The Clash and John Peel on viewers.

Also they have a section on Throbbing Gristle, who are not electronic musicians, because they are not musicians (Chris Carter was vaguely musical - enough to create the illusion of music).

Of course the BBC finds the opportunity to show footage of poor Negroes and mentions of old men who "used to Mosley's brown-shirts [sic" (actually Black Shirts), and who "rather incredibly" represented a holdover of "resentment from the second world war".

The predictive "failures" are interesting, and typical of Sci-Fi-influenced culture. It's often repeated that synth music was seen as some sort of soundtrack of Britain's "inevitable" bleak, grey urban wastelands. The real problem, unforeseen by most, has been all the dreary "spice", "colour" and "diversity".

Following the harassment of his wife [Gemma O'Neill, London Irish] while his family was walking on a High Street and the 2011 England Riots [Gary] Numan filed papers to emigrate to the United States. He plans to live in Santa Monica, California. Numan said "Every village and town in England has a bunch of thugs running around in it. The riots were the nail in the coffin".

[ "Gary Numan moving to U.S. after riot" Toronto Sun, 20 August 2011. Retrieved on 16 April 2012.]

In the September 2011 Q&A section of Numan's official web site in answer to the question "Is it true you now hate England and want to leave?" he replied, "No, that’s utter rubbish." He explained that he had "never been abused in my local high street," and has "made no firm decision about leaving the UK" but thugs are helping make such a decision, pointing out that the rioting "makes us look like a country of ignorant savages, beating up people already injured, pretending to help while stealing their things, hitting old men, killing them."

He went on to explain that soundtracks may be a logical step, as he gets older and since "in the UK we have no meaningful film industry to speak of," a move to the U.S. might be more reasonable. He concluded by saying his family are highest priority and, "If I see somewhere that seems safer, happier, and will give them a better life than the UK, I’ll take them there if I possibly can."

[Gary Numan, "Q & A – September 11". Gary Numan Official Web Site.]


Numan and his family have lived in Los Angeles since 2012.

Numan has always been hated in the Brit "music press" because he said he was happy when Thatcher was first elected (just before his commercial success).

Lots of the people mentioned and interviewed have lived in America for decades now. Throbbing Trannie lives in NYC last I heard. Vince Clarke (Depeche Mode, Yazoo, Assembly) lives in NYC and in Maine. Depeche Mode live in NYC and LA.

Martyn Ware (Honorary Ph.D.), a big Labour supporter, lives in London's exclusive Primrose Hill district. Wikipedia: "Ware created a 3D surround sound auditorium for the National Centre for Popular Music in Sheffield - a museum of contemporary music and culture, launched with £15 million of National Lottery money, which opened in March 1999 and closed in July 2000.  BBC News described the centre as having been "shunned" by visitors, and, despite a £2 million relaunch, the Centre closed. Despite this, Ware later used the surround sound technology to launch an Arts Council subsidised touring project called "The Future of Sound"."

Midge Ure (O.B.E., Honorary Ph.D.) lives in almost all-White Bath.

In "Synth Britannia", Cabaret Voltaire's Richard "Red Mecca" Kirk gives a speech about how Negro-riot-positive Cab-V was, and how they accurately predicted "the rise of the right wing and fundamentalist Christians", citing Reagan and the Ayatollah Khomeini as his "proof".



Daniel Miller (The Normals, Mute Records founder):

"The thing that pissed me off about Punk was you had to learn three chords."

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Surely synthesizers must have been invented by Negroes.

No doubt a White man stole the credit, just like in Egypt.
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