"I think I remember that MTV interview. Someone must have archived it, surely? BTW, it's taken me until the other month to finally GET Brainiac and now I think they're perfection!" Fuck that wasn't MTV, it was JBTV or some shit. I miss watching that interview ;(
I was hardcore obsessed with this band years ago and I think all their records are amazing. It definitely sucked that the whole lameass new wave/post punk revival scene happened only a few years after Tim died. Brainiac laid the groundwork for that sound and were infinitely better than any of those bands, but they got almost zero recognition for it.
It still makes me sad that this band never got famous, or big at all. Almost brings a tear, especially because all of these shitty Gang of Four-copying "Post-punk revival" bands gain tons of fans. This is good music. This is great music.
Independent or "indie" isn't a genre of music or a 'certain sound'. It's an expression for musicians that are DIY or are signed to a smaller label. Why anything is tagged as "indie rock" is beyond my understanding...