Ian McEwan has just published a revisionary novel of the early 80s, exploring that bright neon period of our cultural history. The raw DIY ethics of the late seventies had transformed into shiny beacons of promise. Sophistication entered our milieu, as we bid farewell to the barren post-industrial landscapes to greet new wave and new romanticism. It was a time of a glaring aesthetic, modernism infused with futurism.
The robot theme was everywhere. It was first popularised by the “Replicas” album by Tubeway Army. The frontman Gary Numan adopted a robotic stance while singing about dehumanisation. A week after the album`s release a triumphant Margaret Thatcher became Prime Minister. She ushered in an entirely new culture, our country was transformed but at a heavy cost.