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1986-1996 All Together Now

The story of pop through fans' memories and memorabilia from 1986-1996 when music had the power to unite fans - even sworn rivals - like never before.

Lauren Laverne celebrates the decade 1986-1996 when music had the power to unite fans - even sworn rivals - like never before. It's a decade that starts with a turn to the alternative, even among the fans of mega pop bands.

We hear from Depeche Mode fans who were invigorated by the band's darker sounds in Black Celebration - and have saved a lot of memorabilia from the gigs they went to see back then. We also hear from a fan of hip hop who discovered a burgeoning UK hip hop scene when he moved to London and shares footage of his friends MCing and DJing at home.

In 1988, the acid house wave hit and the show meets those who lived through it and loved it. They have saved flyers and photos from the halcyon days of raving that completely changed their lives, including one man who went from football hooligan to raver to club promoter.

Out of the clubs came mega pop bands. The programme meets an avid Take That fan who bought every type of merchandise she could as a teenager - saving pretty much all of it. Another fan takes viewers back to the site of her first ever Blur gig in 1994 and the show finishes by talking to fans of the most successful girl group of all time - The Spice Girls.

Pop treasures uncovered along the way include one of the first Hacienda membership cards, covered with signatures of Hacienda dignitaries, from New Order to Dave Haslam, A Guy Called Gerald, Bez and, of course, Tony Wilson. The programme also meets a club promoter who shares rare footage of one of The Prodigy's early rave-inspired gigs. And Lauren also meets someone with a rare Oasis demo tape from a gig at the Boardwalk in London in January 1992.

1 hour

Music Played

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

  • 00:03

    Inner City

    Good Life (Buena Vida)

  • 00:06

    Depeche Mode

    People Are People

  • 00:07

    Thompson Twins

    Hold Me Now

  • 00:07

    Duran Duran


  • 00:08

    Depeche Mode

    New Life

  • 00:08

    Depeche Mode


  • 00:10

    Depeche Mode

    Black Celebration

  • 00:11

    Depeche Mode

    A Question of Time

  • 00:12

    Depeche Mode

    Master And Servant

  • 00:12

    Depeche Mode

    Fly On The Windscreen - Final

  • 00:13

    Wee Papa Girl Rappers


  • 00:14

    Furious Five, Grandmaster, Melle Mel & The

    Beat Street

  • 00:15

    Wee Papa Girl Rappers

    Heat It Up

  • 00:18

    Mandy Smith

    I Just Can't Wait (The Cool and Breezy Jazz Version)

  • 00:17

    Art of Noise


  • 00:20

    A Guy Called Gerald

    Voodoo Ray

  • 00:22

    Virgo Four

    Inna Vision

  • 00:24


    Belfast (Proms 2015)

  • 00:26


    Acid Tracks

  • 00:25

    Inner City


  • 00:27

    New Order

    Thieves Like Us

  • 00:31

    Happy Mondays

    W.F.L. (Think About The Future)

  • 00:30

    Happy Mondays


  • 00:32

    Jesus Loves You


  • 00:33

    Sounds of Blackness

    The Pressure

  • 00:35


    Don't Let It Show On Your Face

  • 00:37

    Take That

    Do What U Like

  • 00:37

    Take That


  • 00:39

    Take That

    Could It Be Magic

  • 00:40

    Take That

    How Deep Is Your Love

  • 00:42

    Orbital, Orbital,


  • 00:44

    Amy Grant

    Baby Baby

  • 00:44

    The Prodigy


  • 00:45

    The Prodigy

    No Good (Start The Dance)

  • 00:49


    Girls & Boys

  • 00:50



  • 00:51


    In Your Car

  • 00:52


    Girl Power

  • 00:52

    Spice Girls


  • 00:54

    Spice Girls

    Say You'll Be There

  • 00:47


    For Tomorrow

  • 00:57



  • 00:59


    Don't Look Back In Anger

  • 00:55

    Spice Girls

    Who Do You Think You Are


Role Contributor
Presenter Lauren Laverne
Series Producer Zoe Jewell
Executive Producer Steve Condie
Director Zoe Jewell
Production Company 7 Wonder Productions


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