Producer – Posy Dixon
Researcher – James Knight
Commissioned By Dazed for CH4.
Soap The Stamps explores UK Hardcore, a resolutely underground, DIY movement that distilled punk to it’s rawest and angriest essence and exploded throughout the country in the mid 1980s.
The film captures several of the regional scenes where hardcore flourished in different shapes and forms throughout the 80’s – including Ipswich, Bristol and Newport.
We explore the importance of the DIY underground network of tape trading, zines and DIY shows, and hear about the vital role John Peel played in championing such extreme music to a wider audience.
Finally we follow the evolution of the sound of hardcore, from it’s anarcho-punk influenced beginnings to it’s later US influenced forms.