I don't think Autechre is boring, but you're right for one reason: all those electronic dudes ripped Sheffield and Manchester off; listen to Cabaret Voltaire and some 1987 acid house music and you know why. As for Clock: my favourite album is Advantage and my favourite track is: "Morpheus Baby" by the Anti-Group; those are pre-electronic.
holy fuck, these dudes were THE SHIT! best cyberpunk music I ever heard. It's funny how eletronic music was awesome in the early 80's and now that we are in the internet/technocracy era eletronica just went gay as fuck. Stuff to dance to like Justice, Bloody Beet Roots, if thats the future I wanna die soon.