It’s a Rave new world. 5 of the best electronic music and rave documentaries

The second summer of Love – 1988, and the UK is awash with a new underground movement from the States. It started slowly around London and the home counties, but before too long the British government became aware and a series of documentaries began to be made to outline the negative aspects of the scene as viewed by the average man on the street. Soon the papers and news media were reporting drug deaths and youth disturbances to the country as if being overthrown in some hippy coup d’etat by an unwieldy group of music loving, drug taking, dungaree wearing teenagers. Decoded, being a magazine of balance, decided to catalog a few of the better ones to show you how we as young, impressionable kids learned about and became obsessed by the scene and the music.

Probably one of the most influential series ever made, Channel 4 in the UK has always been regarded as edgy and risk taking in their programming and delivery. Pump Up The Volume was a three part show which focused on the development of electronic dance music. From the Chicago sounds of Frankie Knuckles and the beginnings of house as it grew out of disco’s remains, part one explores the roots of the scene. The second and third parts take you through Detroit techno, acid house, Manchesters legendary Hacienda club and the UKs widespread rave scene of the early 90s that gave birth to so many new styles and directions over the following decade.

Documentary by the BBC on the development of rave culture in the United Kingdom during the summer of 1989. Whats important to remember about those times, was that Thatchers Britain was a difficult place to grow up in,and ultimately, rave was a release from the greed orientated, money centred mainstream world. Raves gave young people isolated by the Thatchite world view a place to be themselves.

One for the synth nerds and the curious alike, this documentary casts a light on a generation of post-punk musicians who took the synthesiser from the experimental fringes to the centre of the pop stage. Fans of 80s music, particularly Synth Pop bands like Heaven 17, OMD and that whole New Romantics scene will really get a kick out of this.

The story of the rise and fall of the most successful independent record label in British rock music history. Factory records influence far exceeds that of just good pop music, the Hacienda became the original Superclub and launched the careers of countless DJs. The story of the 24 Hour party people for real.

Originally televised in 2005. This episode features the workings of the illegal drug industry in London. It recounts the views of those in the trade, the people they sell to and counter arguments from academics and medical professionals.Interestingly, the link between drug use and social class is examined, and possible circumstances leading to casual drug use, addiction and dealing are presented in a factual and unbiased way. Episode one focuses on the popular recreational drugs ecstasy, cocaine and cannabis.