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Music / Public Service Broadcasting

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Pictured: J. Wilgoose, Esq. (left), Wrigglesworth (right)
Inform. Educate. Entertain.

Public Service Broadcasting are a London-based electronic dance-rock duo consisting of J. Willgoose Esq. and Wrigglesworth. The two are known for their prominent use of samples from old public information films, archival footage and propaganda material in place of vocals, with Willgoose stating that, "singing is never going to work. I'm not going to be happy with it, I'm not going to be comfortable playing it to other people."

Not related to the Public Broadcasting Service. You'd want PBS for that.

  • Inform-Educate-Entertain (2013)
  • The Race for Space (2015)
  • Every Valley (2017)
  • Bright Magic (2021)


Public Service Broadcasting contains examples of:

  • Audience Participation: Happens when the audience is encouraged to shout the title for "Go!".
  • Black Comedy: Utilized in a Fallout-esque public safety cartoon before concerts start, where the general message is to show courtesy to other audience members by not having your smartphone out taking long videos of the performance. The person portrayed as doing exactly that ends up losing his friends, parents and dog, and ends up dying in the end.
  • The Cameo: Smoke Fairies on "Valentina".
  • Call-Back: The song "Everest" on Inform-Educate-Entertain contains George Mallory's famous quote, "because it's there," about why he wanted to climb the mountain. The title track of The Race for Space contains excerpts from the famous "We choose to go to the moon" speech by John F. Kennedy, in which he repeated the same quote.
  • Concept Album: Every single one of their albums after Inform-Educate-Entertain.
    • The Race for Space is about... well, The Space Race.
    • Every Valley is about the golden age and decline of the Welsh mining industry.
    • Bright Magic follows the creative history of Germany's capital, Berlin.
    • White Star Liner follows the story of the Titanic
  • Excited Show Title!: "Go!"
  • Insistent Terminology: They are not shy in pointing out that a flugelhorn is not a trumpet, despite the at-a-glance resemblance.
  • Mad Libs Dialogue: Happened in earlier live shows as a result of J. Willgoose Esq. talking in concert through a pre-recorded soundboard, particularly when naming the town they're performing in. Later live shows would avert this, though Willgoose does occasionally still use them since quite a few fans find them endearing.
  • Sampling: Usually of archival material from public information films and propaganda material.
  • Sixth Ranger: The band itself consists of J. Willgoose Esq. and Wrigglesworth. However, when performing live, they also bring in visuals expert Mr B, and bassist-cum-flugelhorn player JF Abraham.
  • Title Drop: The band, by name, in "Theme From PSB".

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