Good call on Mona Mur.cestlamort wrote:
I'll definitely check out more of the EMAK stuff. (tangentially, I wonder if the Drive soundtrack will get a new generation into this genre).
The Drive Soundtrack is a funny thing, for years I tried to get some people into The Chromatics and Desire who I love to bits and they were resistant and then post Drive they all seem to get it. Have you heard the Johnny Jewel Symmetry record which is and isn't rumoured to be the rejected Drive sound track. I do notice a growing appreciation of John Carpenter.
Totally off topic but have you seen this amazing drive tribute animation?
The Olympia scene is very much akin to the Glasgow scene with the Pastels and the Vaselines etc.
The Smiths did massively change UK music but it wasn't so much as the band as the power the NME wielded in the mid 80's. The other UK weekly music papers were quicker onto the likes of AR Kane but the NME had a very rigid world view and a distrust of overly impressionistic music. I think they regarded anything too spacey as decadent.