There was a period in the mid-to-late noughties, following the split of The Libertines and the emergence of ‘The Mighty Boosh’, when a new generation of guitar bands started picking up synths and dressing like mid-’80s Cyndi Lauper. This, friends, was ‘nu-rave’: indie glammed up in outdated neon clothing with a splash of ’90s Eurodance. On paper it sounds laughable, and most of it was. But there’s a clutch of genuinely great bands whose nu-rave beginnings still sound excellent today. Here they are: nu-rave’s best bits.
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