Produced by the Channel 4 in 1984, this film includes material from the Wembley Arena, London concert of 1982 and its soundcheck. TRACKS INCLUDE : Life During Wartime, Big Blue Plymouth (Eyes Wide Open) Once in A Lifetime, Mind, Big Business, I Zimbra, Slippery People, Psycho Killer, My Big Hands (Fall Though the Cracks), Swamp, What A Day That Was, Crosseyed And Painless. The video features tracks mixed in with news footage, archive footage of the band, interviews and other TV clips. It is shot through with the art school sensibilities of David Byrne.
We’re sharing a full screening of the fantastic Northern Disco Lights (2016) documentary as part of our Scandinavian themed Edition #12 of the Chill Out Tent.
Northern Disco Lights tells the untold story of a group of teenagers in the arctic city of Tromsø, who set off a chain of events that would go on to transform their country. To escape the boredom of growing up in a remote outpost, they created their own music scene, setting up radio stations, parties, building synthesizers and making tunes. Word spread as like-minded souls recognised the call to arms and they inspired a generation of kids who would go on to change dance music and Norway forever.
The film is proving to be one of the most exciting music documentaries of recent years and the soundtrack features modern Norwegian classics, forgotten underground bubblers and curveballs from some of the country’s finest producers as it charts the scene’s development.
Often labelled as ‘space’ or ‘cosmic’ disco it is so much more than that and the distinctly Norwegian sound has elements of pop, psychedelia, techno and Krautrock, all tied together with something you can’t quite put your finger on.
The superb soundtrack from the film is available via Paper Recordings here.
In our November 2020 Edition #8 of the Chill Out Tent we featured the obsessive, forensic Boards of Canada documentary made by Unamused Pirate. It was really well recieved by all who watched it, so just in case you missed it or if you fancy another deep dive into the story of this enigmatic band, here it is. Hats off to Unamused Pirate, it’s a superb film and obviously thanks to him for letting us share his work with the Chill Out Tent Community.
‘I seem to have inadvertently made an almost feature length video on the Scottish Electronic band “Boards of Canada”. There are very few things I am passionate about to the level that I am about this musical duo. I’ve always wanted to make a long video outlining their discography and style, and now I’ve done it. The amount of time I’ve spent checking every word and cut in this thing is now beyond my comprehension, so if any mistakes remain I can only say I apologize. Factual inaccuracies are also something I’ve relentlessly checked and monitored, I can honestly say if any remain I had zero idea they weren’t accurate. I’m not in any way a professional in any field related to the making of this video, it was mainly an experiment for myself, to see if I could do it, and I feel proud of it at this point.’
We were really happy to premier the Jon Sa Trinxa documentary ‘Born Balearic’ as part of our Summer solstice event in June, but we know some people missed the stream or wanted to see the film again. So it’s great to hear that the film has been included in this year’s Doc’n Roll film festival, it’s available to stream on demand from 8/11/20 for one week only. Full details here, book tickets here to enjoy a slice of balearic sunshine with our friend Jon.