Auntie showed a more than decent documentary about synth music's beginnings in depressing 70s Britain last night. The Sheffield bands along with Throbbing Gristle in London existed primarily as a reaction to the staleness of punk, musically at least. It reminded me in many ways of what was happening in New York amongst a troupe of nihilists and deconstructionists (aka the No Wave scene) at about the same time. The main difference, paricularly with Phil Oakey, was No Wavers completely rejected any idea of success or careerism, back then at least. My current favourite No Wavers are impLOG, part of the scene by association rather than musical definition, who were primarily the work of Don Christensen from The Contortions.
impLOG's most lasting track from their three releases is 'Holland Tunnel Dive' and it is awesome, but I prefer the charm served up with their ode to the most important meal of the day. No black pudding though.
impLOG - 'Breakfast'.mp3 [YSI]