Friday Playlist: Future Imperfect

Who says you can’t dance in dystopia?

When the late 1970s were bleeding into the early 1980s, a generation of mostly European bands was redefining electronic music. (At the time, the genre was still considered more suitable for spacey, sci-fi sound effects than for jamming out in your room.) Three decades later, the sparse, discordant songs on this playlist—by industrial, EBM, coldwave, and synthpunk pioneers—still sound like they came from the future. The bleak, dystopian future.

Image via We Heart It.

Illustration by Minna.

Illustration by Minna.


  • sungiant January 25th, 2014 12:08 AM

    Laurie Anderson is boss

  • FlaG January 25th, 2014 12:31 AM

    Hells yes to Bauhaus! UNDEAD UNDEAD UNDEAD!!!

  • aura_agutter January 25th, 2014 1:01 AM

    there’s a great bbc doc watchable on youtube called synth britannia that is filled with beautiful footage and music like this.

    I swoon every time I watch it.

    thanks for this lovely playlist! I’m swooooning!

    • Eleanor January 25th, 2014 8:15 AM

      YES! such a good documentary. that movement is really what inspired this playlist ;)

  • JadeTayla January 25th, 2014 2:02 AM


  • Sophii January 25th, 2014 8:38 AM

    This is one of my favourite playlists of the year so far :)

  • Reginechassangel January 25th, 2014 10:40 AM

    Is future imperfect a grammar pun? Oh my god I love you rookie.

  • sophiethewitch January 25th, 2014 7:48 PM

    Oh my god so many of my favorite musicians in one place… Gary Numan and Kraftwerk AND Joy Division- and some bands I hadn’t heard of that might be new favorites, too.

    Do you know Einstürzende Neubauten? Or When Saints Go Machine? Both amazing.

    • Eleanor January 27th, 2014 11:41 AM

      I haven’t! I’m going to check them out now ;)

  • alibezz January 26th, 2014 9:54 AM


  • radiofireworks January 26th, 2014 6:40 PM

    Oh MAN this playlist is spectacular. I’m so excited at the thought of people discovering all this music for the first time!

  • Velvetmary February 2nd, 2014 2:23 PM

    that’s my kind of playlist. bauhaus, kraftwerk, joy division.

  • aura_agutter February 12th, 2014 5:56 AM

    (secret human league song too!)