This is a Public Service Broadcast: DO NOT ADJUST YOUR MONITOR!

Not to worry folks…your monitor is perfectly fine! (we hope..we actually don’t know!)

I wanted to take the time to write about a band that have just come across my desk and I think they have such a great idea!. Who says you can’t mix a love of music with a love of history?? Everybody?! 😡

Public Service Broadcasting are doing something very unique and refreshing with music.

Here is a snippet “about” piece from their website:

PUBLIC SERVICE BROADCASTING IS THE CORDUROY-CLAD BRAINCHILD OF LONDON-BASED J. WILLGOOSE, ESQ. WHO, ALONG WITH DRUMMING COMPANION WRIGGLESWORTH, IS ON A QUEST TO INFORM, EDUCATE AND ENTERTAIN AUDIENCES AROUND THE GLOBE.

PSB’S UNIQUELY SPELL-BINDING LIVE AV TRANSMISSIONS SEE THEM WEAVE SAMPLES FROM OLD PUBLIC INFORMATION FILMS, ARCHIVE FOOTAGE AND PROPAGANDA MATERIAL AROUND LIVE DRUMS, GUITAR, BANJO AND ELECTRONICS AS THEY TEACH THE LESSONS OF THE PAST THROUGH THE MUSIC OF THE FUTURE  BEAMING OUR PAST BACK AT US THROUGH VINTAGE TV SETS AND STATE OF THE ART MODERN VIDEO PROJECTION DEVICES.

Weave samples from public information films, old archives and propaganda material?? GENIUS!. Now I am not saying that you should be focusing all your attention on these guys the night before an exam or anything, but what a cool way to learn something new through the power of music. They are not going to disclose any key terms that are necessary to learn in class but it is a prime example of what The Áed is all about, creating a spark that will hopefully ignite your desire to learn more on the topics placed before you. We all know of songs that have political and historical references don’t we? Boney M had “Ra Ra Rasputin”, U2 had “Sunday Bloody Sunday”, Green Day had “American Idiot” and Gwen Stefani had “Hollaback Girl”. So …wait…Gwen Stefani?…(..searches history books…) Ya Gwen Stefani had “Hollaback Girl”

You get the picture right? So Public Service Broadcasting are really putting their own take on historical songs. It is great to hear old material brought into the modern era and it is why I felt compelled to include this band in the blog. Not only is the music great, but they have really captured key historical events in their videos also! Here is a selection of their work that I hope you will enjoy as much as I have

Go! – NASA’s Apollo space program

London Can Take It – The Blitz

Spitfire – Design of the Spitfire aircraft

PSB play live on KEXP

For more information on Public Service Broadcasting, check out http://publicservicebroadcasting.net/

Stay tuned for more history topics here at The Áed!

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