The Style Council - The Whole Point Of No Return
"This future shock manifesto [The Third Wave] sees the third-wave technological future not as a cocktail of 1984 Numanoid nightmares and Robocop lawlessness, but as a place where man can harness the hardware to work for him. The nightmare of a brave new world where man is slave to machine and robots call the shots has no place in this book. Alvin Toffler, like Kraftwerk, is not afraid of the pocket calculator and if he knew of them, it’s likely the academic would approve of Model 500, Rhythim Is Rhythim and the positive futurism behind them. The music they both make is not afraid of the future and the view they project is as complex, as contradictory and as plausible as the future world of Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner. Detroit’s electronic music community don’t fear the robot. Unlike Gary Numan they look forward, incorporating all the technological advancements Roland and Yamaha can come up with in to their uniquely innovative music. Unlike the ironic acid causalities of Chicago or the scratch fanatics of New York, they have no interest in old records, obsolete equipment or scratch science. They are the techno rebels – musical agents of the third wave who see the fusion of man and machine as the only future." — NME, 1988
Belleville Three, Juan Atkins, Kevin Saunderson, Derrick May