Author Topic: Is the term "Indie Rock" still relevant  (Read 7154 times)

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Offline Pop Rules

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Re: Is the term "Indie Rock" still relevant
« Reply #30 on: March 13, 2009, 06:38:50 PM »
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it won't be too long before many "indie" labels and bands become the new major. it's just another viscous cycle.

It's already happened.  See:  this thread on a U2 forum.

I don't classify the music I listen to.  I don't dress or form a lifestyle around the music I listen to.  I listen to U2, I listen to Shellac.  Who cares.

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Re: Is the term "Indie Rock" still relevant
« Reply #31 on: March 14, 2009, 04:44:11 AM »
the original Independents were labels like Stiff and Rough Trade that formed in London in the 1970s. The followed on from the DIY punk ethic as an alternative to the mainstream record labels that had such a stranglehold on pop music. In the 80s it was known as alternative rather than Indie and there was quite a sharp distinction between these alternative bands and the mainstream though some managed to have some degree of commercial success eg the Smiths.

Nowadays, Indie is more mainstream with bands like Kaiser Chiefs and Kings of Leon topping the charts. So as a term it is fairly irrelevant.