What we today know as techno, was illegal back in the day. Techno of yesterday was associated with highly illegal underground clubs that went on.
But hmm, lets see. Is that really all of the reason for it being illegal? No. Techno before was 1000% more experimental than it is today. Artists had to make something original, something new, and most importantly exciting. The parties were youth could hang out, unseen by parents, cops, people. Clubs of yesterday was a place for people who wanted to escape, call it a sort of modern hippie trend.
But things got out of hand, as the rave grew, so did the word. And suddenly, all these underground clubs became centers for drug abuse. Nobody cared, except the police, and so by early 90’s the illegal club phenomenon was worldwide known. But the DJ’s played on, since they fell in love with what they were doing, and have a fritt about the law. Groups like Prodigy, Apollo 440, and Chemical Brothers started to emerge, which was the symbol of club acts made famous by a few know-it-alls.
And here comes the X-files bit, the thing we don’t know:
The government needed a solution, and quick. The techno music was too strange, and had become the symbol and welcome-sign to drugs. So they went to the record labels, hissing with diplomatic word that if they didn’t do this and that, they would do this and this. When they left, all record labels became friends. They had to find a solution, find a new way for techno to live on, tune down the Prodigy, and damn near quick. Solving the problem was long lasting, and a few more techno bands would come in and become kings, before the evil priests of labels rattled their swords. By mid 90’s U96, The Prodigy, Chemical Brothers had full claim of MTV, with many other more minor bands behind them.
They were strong, and they were experienced, but soon, they would start to fade away. Something happened with the last album of The Prodigy, it was more, rock based. “Why?” Many asked. But it was all a matter of tuning the volume on the old genre of techno slowly enough, for the new more popish techno themes to emerge.
Behind closed doors, things started to happen. Labels went bankrupt, bands vanished, or changed their style. U96 suddenly started a new popish techno style, and by the year 2000 The Prodigy were no more. The techno, as fans knew it had died.
Something new was approaching, something horrific. A kind of new techno, that was more conventional than other techno. Less original. It actually mixed pop elements.
Kylie Minogue liked this, and this new genre found Kylie reborn. Madonna also found this new genre interesting, “wow, techno, never heard of that before!”
Suddenly the culture, that was the escape for many, had become the goldmine for others. The year is 2002, Prodigy are back with a new single. Nobody is listening. Kylie is singing too loud.
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