Check these out quick before I repost them on Dangerous Minds with expanded text. They're two different BBC documentaries about rave culture, the first a World In Action special from 1988 (some of this footage has been widely circulated, such as two old cockney ladies talking about flashing lights), the other a BBC North production form 1992 following the set up of a legal rave in a field near Newcastle.
Coming from the BBC, both these programmes contain a typically patronising voice over, but it is interesting to note the difference in tone in both shows. The earlier World In Action special, while coming form 1988, has a more balanced approach, with even a spokesperson for the police admitting that ecstasy use is not that widespread, certainly not as much as the press suggest. The "Rave" programme, even though it is covering a fully legal, licensed rave, is more obviously influenced by an anti-rave/anti-drug press bias that the figures in the show feel they have to counteract.
This being the late 80s/early 90s there are some BAAAD clothes on display, and of course the music is pretty damn aweosme:
WORLD IN ACTION "A Trip Round Acid House" 1988 Part 1
WORLD IN ACTION "A Trip Round Acid House" 1988 Part 2
WORLD IN ACTION "A Trip Round Acid House" 1988 Part 3
BBC North "Rave" 1992 Part 1
BBC North "Rave" 1992 Part 2
BBC North "Rave" 1992 Part 3