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Unfinished: The Making of Massive Attack

Paul McGann narrates the story of how Massive Attack's debut album, Blue Lines, which was released 25 years ago to critical acclaim and commercial success, was made.

The story of how Bristol found its musical identity and tracing the creation of the city's most famous band. The documentary looks at the emergence of the 'Bristol Sound' in the 1980s culminating in the release of Massive Attack's first album. Narrated by actor Paul McGann - who was a part of Bristol's creative scene throughout this period - it traces the history of the scene. From the sound system culture that arrived in the city with the immigrants from the Caribbean, and how that mixed with the existing punk and new wave scene in Bristol, to hip-hop which arrived in Bristol from New York before any other city in Britain was aware of it.

It explores how this clash of cultures and musical styles gave the city a musical identity which to that point it lacked, unlike other industrial cities in Britain such as Liverpool and Manchester. Featuring contributions from key influencers of the creative scene including Milo Johnson of The Wild Bunch, Mark Stewart of The Pop Group, DJ and Producer Roni Size, and Neil Davidge - producer of Massive Attack's later work.

30 minutes

Last on

Sat 11 Mar 2017 03:30

Music Played

Timings (where shown) are from the start of the programme in hours and minutes

  • Massive Attack

    Unfinished Sympathy

  • The African Brothers

    Gimme Gimme African Love


    Chilling By The Sea

  • The Fans

    Giving Me That Look In Your Eyes

  • Seven Seven

    Slow Motion


    Fade Away

  • The Wild Bunch

    Friends and Countrymen

  • Vice Squad

    Still Dying

  • Cortina

    Broken not Twisted

  • The Pop Group

    Feed The Hungry


    Dirty Spice 2

  • Afrika Bambaataa

    Planet Rock

  • Virgo

    R U Hot Enough


    March of the Dominatrix 3

  • Neneh Cherry

    Buffalo Stance



  • Pigbag

    Papa's Got A Brand New Pig Bag

  • Massive Attack


  • Massive Attack

    Safe From Harm

  • Massive Attack

    Hymn of the Big Wheel

  • 00:01

    Massive Attack

    Unfinished Sympathy

  • 00:02

    Massive Attack

    Unfinished Sympathy


Role Contributor
Narrator Paul McGann
Producer Ben White
Executive Producer Maggie Latham
Writer Ben White


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