Music was my first love. And it will be my last. Music of the future. And music of the past. Oooh, I think there’s a song in there somewhere. Although, being a bit of a pedant, how could John Miles sing about music that he HADN’T EVEN heard of yet?

Electronic music was my real first love. The day that “Jack Your Body” by Steve Silk Hurley went to the tippety-top top of the pop parade was the day that music in this country changed forever. Goodbye Cliff Richard! Goodbye middle-of-the-road mawkish pap! Goodbye yellow brick road! Welcome to the future!

OK, so I was a tad naïve. But what it did do, it made me not only search out music that I had previously dismissed when I was going through my pop phase (Haircut 100? Really, Neville), but also to listen to those records again and realise that well, underneath that ridiculous haircut A Flock Of Seagulls did actually make some great records (if not a great album).

You may (I hope) get to the end of this article and think I am mocking the genre. Trust me, I’m not, I’m celebrating it. Open your ears, go listen. Criticism welcome.

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This article was first posted on January 31, 2013