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Cult heroes: Altern-8, the pop jesters who took rave music to the playground | Musique Non Stop

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Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Cult heroes: Altern-8, the pop jesters who took rave music to the playground

A welcome alternative to the faceless dance acts and dull pop groups of the early 90s, the cartoonish Midlands act turned a generation on to raving

For those of us who entered their teenage years in early-90s Britain, rave culture was a strange, alluring thing. We were too young to actually go to raves but we would see evidence of them in brightly coloured flyers and on nightly news reports, where the fun that ravers were clearly having was weighed against grim warnings of drug addiction, jail and death.

Then there was the music. Rave was so big in Britain that, from 1987 onwards, a stream of house and rave records became massive chart hits, showing up on Radio 1, Top of the Pops and The Chart Show, where they would find a receptive teenage audience.

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by Ben Cardew via Electronic music | The Guardian