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Trailblazers of: Acid House

Noddy Holder narrates the surprising origins of our favourite music genres.

Acid House, Balearic Beats and outdoor raves inspired a new breed of British club kids in the late 1980s. But when they stopped drinking alcohol in favour of bottled water, they faced a showdown with an outraged establishment fearful of repetitive beats and chemical highs.

Arguably it all started on a lads' birthday holiday to the Balearic Islands in 1987. Paul Oakenfold - whose Ibizan party trip started it all, arguably - joins Trevor Fung, Paul Hartnoll, Martin Glover and Annie Nightingale to recall the halcyon days of all-time highs.

Music includes Orbital, Underworld, Frankie Knuckles, Phuture, Cola Boy, Elkin & Nelson and... Chris Rea.

Written by Kenneth Penchant

Music Documentary | 43 minutes
Credit: Znak & Co.

Rave Video Archive

Jane Pratt "Ecstasy & Rave", 1993

Autechre: live at Sweatbox 2, Bojangles, 1991
Return To The Source at The Rocket, 1994

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