Friuli and Venezia Giulia, have often been judged by some reviewers as some strange, exotic places, almost hidden in the upper right side of Italy's map. In fact, if compared to the average Italian habits, we got used to feeling marginal and eccentric. Yet, in the Eighties, Udine, being one of the main military service stations in the country, was a destination place for youngsters from all over Italy. Around six in the evening, the city center was literally invaded by an army of young people from all backgrounds and social classes, side by side with the locals, meanwhile the young girls couldn't go out after six in the evening.
The first half of the eighties is also known as the dark age of hard drugs, a real devastation among friends and acquaintances. A gloomy scenario that affected the mood of the most sensitive and creative youth of the day. Yet that was the atmosphere in which some of the most relevant local bands were raised. I had the privilege of having spent my twenties in the company of original, creative smart people, which were part of the Udine music scene. In particular, I played keyboards with a group of musicians with no great experience, who, on the other hand, had their own clear concept: We are not interested in derivative songs from the fancy genres of the time, we do not imitate styles unless they really belong to us, we don't pretend to be people we are not. An attitude that seems to be lost now, buried by a huge blind, senseless conformism.
Living in such sub-cultural provincial broth, the smartest young people of the time, perhaps fade up with the usual cliches, habits and mental closures, eventually they reinvented themselves by the strength of despair. That's how a miserable cultural environment gave birth to wonderful musical ideas such as the Great Complotto in Pordenone, and the whole new wave punk scene in Udine, a unique, radical and anti-militarist movement.