The BBC has announced a new series focusing on the legacy of “indie” music in the UK.
Airing across three consecutive Friday nights in October, the series looks set to be a chronological overview of alternative music from its DIY beginnings to its emergence as a genre unto itself and eventual mainstream success.
The first episode looks at labels like Manchester’s Factory, Zoo in Liverpool, Glasgow’s Postcard Records and Rough Trade and Mute in London, with later episodes charting the rise of bands like Oasis and Blur.
Fortunately it looks like there won’t be too many Union Jack guitars and Mockney accents involved, as among the guest contributors you’ve got New Order’s Stephen Morris and Gillian Gilbert, The KLF’s Bill Drummond, Cabaret Voltaire’s Richard Kirk, Throbbing Gristle’s Genesis P-Orridge, Chris Carter and Cosey Fanni Tutti and Cocteau Twins’ Simon Raymonde, along with many more.
The series’ presenter, BBC 6 Music’s Mark Radcliffe, said: “This is really a story that’s been waiting to be told. We’re always hearing about the seismic shifts the music business is undergoing, but in many ways, this was the first – when the egalitarian independent spirit of punk and DIY broke the stranglehold of the men in suits in the posh offices of the major labels in that there London creating the soundtrack of our lives along the way.”
Catch Music for Misfits: The Story of Indie on BBC4 on October 2 at 10pm.