It's probably not a good idea to go out this weekend until you've learnt about the dangers of acid house
First uncovered by Thump, the above video is an ACTUAL NEWS segment that was broadcast on the ACTUAL NEWS by the ACTUAL BBC. It's not a recut made by some YouTube prankster and it's not a deleted scene from The Day Today. It's a legit warning from a time when acid house had recently replaced heavy mental as the music most likely to have old women on the street shaking their heads disapprovingly.
Looking back at the late 80s from our 2015 perch, it's amazing to see how times have changed. Back then dance music was being declared a "sinister and evil cult" by the tabloids and now it soundtracks H&M adverts and Come Dine With Me. Tabloids have replaced synthesisers and free parties with sexting and Jeremy Corbyn as the boogeymen of the day and dance music has become a billion dollar industry. But, perhaps the most bizarre revelation of the video is that at some point The Sunday Times employed someone as their 'Acid House Correspondent' - I'd love to be a fly on the wall at the job interview.
But if there's one thing which hasn't changed in the 17 years since this was first broadcast, it's that the British public are just as eager to chatter on endlessly about subjects they know absolutely nothing about and the British press are just as willing to broadcast said chatter, ad infinitum, to push their news agenda. And that's something we can all be proud of.
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