Being Boiled - The Human League.
The year was 1978 and the airwaves were saturated with disco. Disco sucks T-shirts started appearing on university campuses as music fans started reverting back to rock. Up to then, the synthesizer was mostly used to mimic trumpets, strings and other conventional instruments. Its future as a valid instrument seemed bleak, its enormous potential untapped.
Then, with a cry of Listen to the voice of Buddha!, Sheffield’s The Human League unleashed a completely different sonic beast on the world. Glitchy, crunchy, industrial. This stark, lo-fi rant against the silk industry is as much a product of the punk do-it-yourself ethic as The Sex Pistols’ Anarchy In The UK. At the time, guest reviewer for the NME Johnny Rotten himself called them a bunch of “trendy hippies”. Really, they were pioneers in synthesis, in the creation of sound. This was just the start of a movement that saved electronic music from novelty and dragged us all, inexorably, into the 21st century.
Contributed by @orchidhunter.