100 songs that changed history

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Time Out explores the music that changed the course of world events

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    ‘Acid Trax’ – Phuture (1987)

    Phuture’s 12-minute 1987 electronic workout is probably the most successful crowd-control device ever created, and it had the added bonus of kick-starting the acid house boom (and according to legend, giving it its name). Although at the time it was painted as the scourge of a decent, moral society and a breeding ground of lawlessness, the late ‘80s rave scene, ironically enough, had a long-term depreciative effect on one of Britain’s biggest public disorder problems of the time: football hooliganism.

    Back then, the nation’s terraces (and quite some distance around them) were virtual no-go areas for anyone who didn’t like meat pies, fighting and the smell of urine. All that changed practically overnight when a generation of scallies were turned on to the magical effects of killer drug ecstasy in combination with the compelling grooves of house music. Once the nation’s teds, neds and casuals started digging the crazy peace and love stylings of 'aciiieed', even the most antagonistic fixtures calmed down considerably.

    The downturn in violence, of course, also allowed football to flourish into the family-friendly, multibillion-pound business we know and love today, without which we surely would never have experienced that other musical masterpiece, ‘Three Lions’. Three times.


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