Nostalgie quand tu nous tient. Dans cet article du Guardian, Simon Reynolds, l’auteur de Rip it up and Start Again: Postpunk 1978-1984 nous donne un avant goût de son livre. Il y rappelle cette époque foisonnante et déjantée de la pop post-punk anglaise.
Today we tend to think of post-punk as consisting entirely of angular agit-prop (like Gang of Four) or ominous angst (like Joy Division), partly because those groups have influenced the current spate of fashionable retro-post-punk outfits, from Bloc Party and Franz Ferdinand to Interpol and the Rapture. But it was also a great period for pure pop sensibility. Consider the geometric tautness and melodic concision of Wire’s Chairs Missing, the sweet shambles of Postcard groups like Orange Juice and Josef K. Then came the contagious exuberance of 2-Tone outfits such as the Specials, Madness, and the Beat; synthpop bands such as the Human League and Soft Cell with their fire-and-ice combination of cold, glistening electronics and hot, heartfelt passion; the bright, rejoicing melodiousness of Liverpool bands like Echo and the Bunnymen or the Teardrop Explodes (Julian Cope finally getting round to writing songs rather just talking about them in the Kirkland cafe). All this made the late Seventies and early Eighties a golden age for the seven-inch single, for radio, and for music TV.