All of us want to label everything. The humanities are the worst offenders of this propensity with virtually everything being categorized into some time to style labels. This is none more true in comparison to “pop” music (the thing is there is a label at that time, can’t get around it). This could be especially frustrating when attempting to categorize something feel can not be categorized; would it be Indie and Alternative music, or possibly it mainstream.
While i imagine Indie music I think of the band jamming away in the garage. That is certainly it – a band! Not a bunch of producers trying to find the “Next Growing trend.” The Beatles were really like that, playing seven hour gigs in Hamburg, Germany. These were poor and had inexpensive instruments. The Beatles roomed in cheap hotels also to a big extent blared your tunes of the Rock n Roll idols and several original songs. Naturally we know what actually transpired to them – they went mainstream. Some would blame Brian Epstein for that, but it is in contrast to the four Beatles themselves didn’t want that since they most assuredly did.
If you suppose the sixties you must believe that the entire rock music scene was Indie as it was counter-culture. Of course that’s the business of the counter-culture; to be sure everyone that was buying belief that they were buying the counter-culture and not Madison Ave. To some degree we were holding buying and taking part in the genuine article. Maybe that has been true Indie music.
Then this first golden era in the producer emerged and demolished the fact that was good. Out were trotted the sound-alike slick corporate bands. To make certain a lot of them sounded amazing; I favor the group Boston as an illustration. The Punk era with the mid 1970’s demolished the demolishers in a brazen even sometimes bazaar discharge of anti-establishment energy. Then those bands broke up and died, few or no went mainstream unlike their close cousins “New-Wave.”
Those bands shot to popularity along with a battle then raged between “New-Wave” along with the overly produced, but sort of fun, Disco. Hair Metal and Glam also took part in the next great era in the producer. Finally, plus some would say thankfully, that turned into the “Alternative” rock sound ensconced by bands like Nirvana, Jane’s Addiction, or Jesus and Mary Chain. They were the newest Indie until what was good became destroyed from the lure of cash and deficiency of talent. Pseudo “alternative” grunge bands suddenly appeared and took the stunning landscape of seething musicians twisting it right into a sonic conformity that inspired such large selling yet forgettable bands for example “Stone Temple Pilots.”
Out of your tender we have been – in another era with the producer where over-the-top produced bands like “Fun,” and singers like Bruno Mars. And not mind the “Indie/Alt” bands like “Foster The People” or “5 Seconds of Summer” (did anybody else observe that “Hey Everybody” was lifted from another Alternative-band gone wrong Duran Duran?) that are quickly attaining the un-dynamic sound of studio overproduction.
So what is it? Maybe Indie and Alternative music is one area that will only are available for a short period of time like the element Neptunium. It may only exist as rebellion on the conformity of overly-produced Madison Ave. commerce. No problem with Madison Ave., nevertheless the burning energy of true, if short lived, Indie Rock is what I would like.